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My childhood, like that of a lot of parents today, was mostly spent outdoors, making up adventures, climbing trees, building dens or just staring up at the sky, making pictures in the clouds. These days, children spend more and more time indoors, plugged into a screen, disconnected from the world around them. The joy of nature and appreciation for the natural world is fast being lost.

Connecting with nature is instinctive for children, but it does need nurturing. We’ve picked out some great organisations and tools that might make it just a little bit easier to get UNPLUGGED:

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1. woodland walk finder

There’s nothing more envigourating than a good walk with the kids – once you’ve torn them away from the sofa and out the door!! But often you find yourself asking ‘where can we go for a good walk nearby?’ Your question is answered instantly right here with the Woodland Trust’s great Woodland Walk Finder.

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link to woodland walk website

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2. the 'wild time' app

Whether you’ve got ten minutes or an hour to kill outside, this clever little app will come up with all sorts of things to do outside… if you can’t think of anything yourself, of course!

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link to wild time app download on iTunes

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3. nature detective leaf identifier

From the good people at the Woodland Trust. Click below to download a copy.

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4. going wild

Meet Jo Schofield and Fiona Danks of Going Wild. They have been working hard for years encouraging children to reconnect with nature. They have produced some brilliant books too – we’ve used them a lot to inspire our own adventures…

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link to go wild website

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The National Trust also want to help children reconnect with nature by hunting for bugs and camping out in the wild. Get started today and sign up for the 50 Things challenge.

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link to 50 things to do before you're 11 and three quarters website

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6. plantsnapp

Invented by George Williams, this brilliant app is like ‘Shazam’ for plants. From the casual recognition query to in depth horticultural knowledge, just snap a picture of the plant or bug in question and send it to PlantSnapp to find out all about it! (for iPhone and iPad)

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link to plantsnapp app download on itunes

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7. the wild network

A growing movement of people (that we got involved with in a very small way) on a mission to re-wild childhood, helping kids to ‘roam free and play wild’.

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link to the wild network website

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5. 50 things to do before you're 113/4

The National Trust also want to help children reconnect with nature by hunting for bugs and camping out in the wild. Get started today and sign up for the 50 Things challenge.

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6. the wild network

A growing movement of people (that we got involved with in a very small way) on a mission to re-wild childhood, helping kids to ‘roam free and play wild’.

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7. plantsnapp

Invented by George Williams, this brilliant app is like ‘Shazam’ for plants. From the casual recognition query to in depth horticultural knowledge, just snap a picture of the plant or bug in question and send it to PlantSnapp to find out all about it! (for iPhone and iPad)

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