Let’s Get Dirty!

With Persil Wild Explorers app…!

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My children don’t like clean, it’s just not a state that they are happy with. Give them food, and there is sheer jubilation in 90% of it going on their faces and clothes. Give them felt tips, and their favourite canvas is themselves. Get them outside, and mudpies, mud angels (like snow angels, but with mud,) and embracing their inner Peppa for even the tiniest of puddles, is the order of the day. They are much happier for it! I probably shouldn’t mention that I’ve also embraced the dirt, having totally given up on housework-I’m building up their immune systems, right?!

Anyway, Persil have teamed up with The Woodland Trust, The Wildlife Trust, and The National Trust, with a mission to ‘re-wild childhood,’ and we have been testing it out! And I have to say, I’m quite hard to please when it comes to apps that entertain the children, especially as they largely prefer to be outdoors and most apps are for indoor activities, but this has proved invaluable since we downloaded it, with the children regularly asking ‘look on the app mummy!!’ When we go to the park-it’s an app designed to get you out!

You can download the app for free, from The Apple Store and Google Play. You will first be greeted with this page:

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Where you choose where you want to do the activity, how long you want to spend doing it, and the age of your children-easy! Then you are given a list of appropriate activities!

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Then choose what you want to do! The activities can be as simple as ‘hugging a tree,’ where the children touch, feel, and talk about the colours, textures, and names of the trees around you, to ‘hunting for cobwebs,’ I was looking for large, perfectly formed cobwebs, but the children found them in less obvious places…!

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  Tree Huggers…

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The eldest loved making letters from his name out of sticks (gathering precisely the right ones was massively important…!
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But, the absolute favourite activity, the one I get asked to do every time, was ‘mud volcanoes,’ an awesome activity, involving vinegar, bicarbonate of soda, mud, and squeals of delight!

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The children really have had fun with this, and it doesn’t just provide fun things to do outside, but encourages learning, and interaction between everyone. And anything that brings home the message of getting out, and relearning the dirt of my own long gone childhood, is always a winner in my eyes!

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This was a collaborative post, in partnership with Persil.

62 Comments

  1. October 24, 2016 / 7:54 am

    What a brilliant app. I’m a huge lover of apps for kids (Aquafresh has literally saved my sanity when it comes to brushing teeth). I’m gonna download it post haste #bigpinklink

    • This Mum's Life
      October 24, 2016 / 7:55 am

      It really is good! I don’t usually take on opportunities like this, but my children have genuinely loved it!!

  2. October 24, 2016 / 8:04 am

    Such an awesome idea to get kids outside more! #bigpinklink

  3. October 24, 2016 / 8:06 am

    Love this! Exactly how childhood should be – not sat on the IPad (Although I do also love the shiny sanity saver) #bigpinklink

  4. October 24, 2016 / 8:21 am

    Oh what a brilliant idea – I would have loved that when mine were small – they need to develop a teen one – though to be honest mine would probably have a ball doing these activities if i’m honest! #BigPinkLink

  5. October 24, 2016 / 8:36 am

    The mud volcanoes look amazing! What a fab idea 🙂 #BigPinkLink

  6. October 24, 2016 / 9:02 am

    This looks like a great app and it will hopefully help some children get outdoors! #bigpinklink

  7. October 24, 2016 / 9:08 am

    This is a brilliant idea. My girls actually prefer to be clean so I’m fairly lucky when it comes to the washing but I love some of the activities here and so would they.
    #BigPinkLink

  8. October 24, 2016 / 9:34 am

    This sounds like a brilliant app!! I’m off to download it right away. We’re always exploring outdoors but I like the idea of it encouraging the littles (and us) to interact with each other and the surroundings too! Thank you for being a wonderful and beautiful co host #bigpinklink xx

  9. October 24, 2016 / 9:46 am

    this looks fab ill have to download it. My 2 big ones love being out and about exploring xx #bigpinklink

  10. October 24, 2016 / 9:55 am

    What a fun idea for an app – I love anything that gets you outside and active #bigpinklink

  11. October 24, 2016 / 10:07 am

    Sounds like a great app. Will definitely check it out. Anything that gives you ideas for activities is a winner for me! #BigPinkLink

  12. October 24, 2016 / 10:12 am

    This looks so cool, and the pics are fab. What a brill idea and such a great think to use out and about p.s. what is it with the messiness? My daughter does messy play at nursery – which she now translates to dinner times, rubbing her food all across the tray of her high chair! #bigpinklink

  13. October 24, 2016 / 10:37 am

    What a fab app!! It’s so important for kids to get outside and their hands dirty! We spend out days in the woods or the park, it’s lovely to see them running wild! #bigpinklink

  14. October 24, 2016 / 11:07 am

    What a great app!! Will have to try t out with my son! #bigpinklink

  15. October 24, 2016 / 11:14 am

    What a fab idea looks like your children really enjoyed themselves! #bigpinklink

  16. October 24, 2016 / 11:37 am

    That looks really good! I like that it gets you outside. Oh and OMG I am googling that aquafresh one just mentioned above! #bigpinklink

  17. October 24, 2016 / 12:03 pm

    Its so nice to see children playing outdoors. Lovely photos and activities! I like that your children also don’t like clean. Mine look dishevelled within minutes of wearing clean clothes and having brushed their hair! I guess its a bit like me, haha. #bigpinklink

  18. October 24, 2016 / 12:39 pm

    This looks fab! I need to get out and about more!

    #BigPinkLink

  19. October 24, 2016 / 12:40 pm

    This is a great motivation. I think it is often about framing things in a way that children engage with it. We love the Woodland Trust by the way. thanks for sharing..

  20. October 24, 2016 / 1:20 pm

    Ooh what a cool app- lots of fun ideas here! #bigpinklink

  21. October 24, 2016 / 1:48 pm

    Really good idea. I’m downloading this.

  22. October 24, 2016 / 2:21 pm

    Will check out the app it sounds great! #bigpinklink

    Nadia – Scandimummy x

  23. October 24, 2016 / 2:26 pm

    What a great app for kids and parents! We’ll definitely itely have to check this out. Thanks for sharing! #bigpinklink

  24. October 24, 2016 / 3:29 pm

    What a great APP! I want it! #bigpinklink

  25. October 24, 2016 / 6:52 pm

    Oh this app looks so cute! Thank you for sharing and thanks for hosting #bigpinklink

  26. October 24, 2016 / 7:27 pm

    This is brilliant! What a great way to get kids exploring the great outdoors!

    My little monkey is a tad too young to benefit from it but this could possible work as a way to coax my other half off the sofa!! Pretty sure he’d love the mud volcanoes haha!

    #bigpinklink

  27. October 24, 2016 / 7:45 pm

    Fun! You can’t beat a bit of old-school park fun and the app looks like it could help remind us of some of those classic games to play 🙂 #bigpinklink

  28. October 24, 2016 / 7:56 pm

    Maybe my reluctance to embrace technology may be why I am not a very successful blogger, but I find it rather heartbreaking that there is an app to help children play outdoors with real physical wildlife. The pictures if your children enjoying it mended my heart right away though. #bigpinklink

    • This Mum's Life
      October 24, 2016 / 9:36 pm

      I hadn’t even thought of that… We are pretty rubbish with technology in our house-I refused to let the children watch tv for the first year of their lives, and I don’t really want them using iPads etc, until it’s really necessary! We are out every day anyway, and this helped find things to do that I hadn’t ever thought of!!

  29. October 24, 2016 / 8:03 pm

    What a good idea. I’m nit usually a fan of branded apps/ads but this sounds great. #bigpinklink Lifeinthemumslane

  30. October 24, 2016 / 9:55 pm

    I love apps to encourage playing rather than staring at a screen. Yay for persil!
    #bigpinklink

  31. October 24, 2016 / 11:05 pm

    My kids love to get outside too and I’ve never worried about them getting dirty, it is what kids do. Mich x #BigPinkLInk

  32. October 25, 2016 / 5:44 am

    What a great app. Kids really do seem to have lost the ability to go out and just create their own outdoor games. We are out everyday with the dogs anyway and have days outs exploring as often as we can but these activities could add In a whole new element, thanks for sharing x
    #Bigpinklink

  33. October 25, 2016 / 8:02 am

    What a fab idea! Such a good time of year to be out and about too, but saves you thinking of ways to keep them entertained! #bigpinklink

  34. October 25, 2016 / 8:49 am

    What a sweet idea for an app! Off to download it now and make use of it today! #BigPinkLink

  35. October 25, 2016 / 9:33 am

    Great app, great outdoor activities, love your post. I didn’t even know about this until I read it here..Def something to try!
    #bigpinklink

  36. October 25, 2016 / 9:34 am

    What a great app! That way they still think they are playing with their tech when it is just directing them to something else! #bigpinklink

  37. October 25, 2016 / 12:41 pm

    This looks like a really good app! The mud volcanoes reminded me of when my kids made mud cakes with their Granny and Grandpa one time. I have a photo of daughter 3 proudly showing them off…a few hours before she was very sick, having sampled the cakes! Alison x #bigpinklink

    • This Mum's Life
      November 7, 2016 / 2:53 pm

      Oh no….!!

  38. October 25, 2016 / 12:48 pm

    T’is downloading as I type! Definitely sounds like my cup of tea. Both of mine are very much at home in the mud with all the worms, I can see the volcano going down a storm! Great photos hon! Thanks for hosting #bigpinklink xx

  39. October 25, 2016 / 2:25 pm

    Sounds like a great app. Will be getting this when mine are a bit older 🙂 #BigPinkLink

  40. October 25, 2016 / 7:32 pm

    Kinda agree with with nursery whines – an app to get us out doors and get dirty!? But hey if it’s getting some kids outside and discovering nature – that’s no bad thing. My kids have way too much energy so we always have to be out doing something otherwise it’s mayhem in the house. I do hope people use the app and discover the great out doors!

    • This Mum's Life
      October 25, 2016 / 7:39 pm

      Yes, I hadn’t really thought about it until she bought it up! I think that there are unfortunately lots of children who aren’t going out as much as they should, and there seems to be a much more sanitised way of life. We are the same as you, unless we are out every day, everyone is going a bit mental-but I was doing the same things, and visiting the same parks etc-this has just given us a lot of new things to do (my imagination has gone to pot!) and it’s prevented some boredom from repetition, and made some new learning opportunities!

  41. October 25, 2016 / 8:17 pm

    I didn’t know they did anything like this, it looks great. I’m always stuck for ideas, many of these will be perfect for my 4-year-old.
    Thanks for hosting.
    #bigpinklink

  42. October 25, 2016 / 8:25 pm

    Looks like fun in the great outdoors! My kids are big fans of outside…and always need a bath afterwards because they are covered head to toe in dirt. What fun activities – we boring grownups wouldn’t think of “looking for cobwebs” as an activity…but it certainly is a good one! #bigpinklink

  43. October 25, 2016 / 9:02 pm

    What a lovely app! I love all this app which are not about killing, fighting etc but the kids can learn something
    #bigpinklink

  44. October 26, 2016 / 10:32 am

    Love this! My kids school have ‘forest school’ for all infant years which is a couple of hours per week playing in the woods with these sorts of activities. They love it! This is such a fab idea to get kids playing outside more. I have ‘dirt-loving’ kids too!! #bigpinklink

    • This Mum's Life
      November 7, 2016 / 2:52 pm

      Forest school sounds amazing!!

  45. October 26, 2016 / 12:13 pm

    Mud volcanos sounds like a fun way to keep the kiddies entertained. What a fun idea for an app, I will be checking it out. thanks #bigpinklink

  46. October 27, 2016 / 11:14 pm

    What a great little app. I’m a huge fan of apps for kids will definitely download x

    • This Mum's Life
      November 7, 2016 / 2:52 pm

      It’s fab!

  47. October 29, 2016 / 1:33 pm

    I tried the app, it’s great actually! My kids are a bit older and a bit more moany when you try to get them off the x-box, but it gives some great ideas/Loving your photos too – looks like you’ve had loads of fun! #BigPinkLink

  48. October 30, 2016 / 11:02 am

    Now that looks like an app good for all! And it gets you all outside too. Love the photos! Especially that spider web. Gorgeous! #bigpinklink

    • This Mum's Life
      October 31, 2016 / 7:01 am

      Thank you, I’m glad you liked the photos! We’ve had so much fun with this app!

  49. October 30, 2016 / 10:49 pm

    I’m not sure any child likes clean haha mines certainly doesn’t! But it’s fun to watch them explore things and get mucky. Definetly need a good washing product to combat all the stains! Your pictures are lovely! #bigpinklink

    Jordanne || Thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk

    • This Mum's Life
      October 31, 2016 / 7:03 am

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked them!! Yes, I think clean is a very unpopular state with a lot of children!

  50. October 31, 2016 / 9:44 am

    This is a great idea – I love the sentiment! #bigpinklink

    • This Mum's Life
      October 31, 2016 / 9:53 am

      It’s fab isn’t it!

  51. November 8, 2016 / 10:41 pm

    Always great to get the kids out in the wilds, rocking around in the dirt! #BigPinkLink