With the Easter weekend and associated school holiday approaching, parents looking for a new activity to engage the whole family in will be delighted to hear news that the fourth episode of Berkeley's Bringing Nature Home podcast series is now live on Berkeley's website.
Hosted by Maggy Woodley, author and creator of the craft blog (and YouTube channel) Red Ted Art, the episode provides a guide to using nature within crafting, both inside the home and while out and about in the Kentish countryside. Maggy's easy-to-follow tutorials guide through activities that appeal to all age groups, from creating fairy houses and leaf print art, to photography and collages, inspiring the next generation of crafters.
Spending time in nature has shown to have real benefits to children of all ages1. Outdoor play fosters children's intellectual, emotional, social and physical development, allowing them to experience an ever-changing and free-flowing environment that stimulates all the senses. It also offers 'secret learning opportunities', as Maggy identifies within the podcast, teaching them problem solving and creative thinking - with a touch of mathematics.
'Bringing Nature Home' is a series of episodes created by Berkeley in partnership with a range of experts on the natural world. The podcast offers a host of ideas, tips and handy guides on how to make the most of Kent's ecology, as well as advice on how to lead a more sustainable lifestyle in tune with nature.
Previous episodes have focused on foraging and preserving food, delivered in partnership with sustainable farmer, slow food chef and influencer, Julius Roberts of Tell Tale Food, as well as ecologists from the Kent Wildlife Trust offering tips and tricks to identify and care for the rural environment on our doorsteps.
Mary O'Sullivan, sales and marketing director at Berkeley Eastern Counties, comments: "As families consider how to spend their days during the upcoming Easter holidays, having access to Maggy Woodley's much sought-after knowledge through this podcast will help parents find new activities that engage and intrigue children of all ages. From woodlands such as the nature reserve behind our latest development Foal Hurst Green in Paddock Wood, to your own back gardens and balconies, the tutorials are a great way to get kids interested in nature and bring it home with them."