Bonfire night for most of us it is probably the only time we spend time outside in the evening during the autumn and winter months.
And yet there is always an air of excitement for small children and the larger teenage variety when it comes to being out in the dark on bonfire night.
So taking the theme from bonfire night, why not have an evening winter picnic, in the garden. On a clear cold night is a great way to spend time outside with the family.
Now the nights are drawing in, it is dark by 5:30pm so it really does not need to be a late evening affair, nor does it need to last for a long time. This is a good way to get children away from computer screens and outside getting some fresh air – which may also help them sleep better. Young children can be ready for bed, in their pyjamas and even ready for a bedtime story.
Wrap up warm
Ensure everyone is wrapped up warm with outdoor clothes and rugs over their knees. Having an evening winter picnic supper of hot dogs, or a bowl of soup or ragu, can be quite an adventure for children while they sit outside and muse the world. Followed of course by hot chocolate.
There is more to do and see than you may think. Try checking out the night sky and see if you can recognise the Stars and Planets or a satellite as it passes over. Watch for planes, listen for owls or other wildlife and view the moon. Have a sing song and play I spy.
This is a simple way to spend an evening but that does not make it any less exciting. Sometimes the simplest of ideas, even the unlikely evening winter picnic, can be a real winner when it comes to a children’s activity.