Top Tips For Foraging With ChildrenJuly 29, 2019 • Get Outdoors
Fancy a bit of outdoor fun? Why not try out our top foraging tips?
Foraging with children is so fun and it’s a great way to teach them about the natural world. One of the best things to do in the summer is go foraging for things that you can cook with. We love showing the children the concept that they can collect parts of their own dinner, and then make something from what they’ve picked or found.
Edible nature is easy enough to find so head out on a family walk in the country or woodlands this summer holiday. Here are a few of our foraging tips:
1) Get educated
There are thousands of online guides that will give you descriptions and diagrams of what is safe and what isn’t safe to forage for. If you don’t want to grab printouts and you plan on making foraging a more frequent thing then we would suggest grabbing a book or guide on the topic. There are hundreds out there and they are often pocket size to take with you out and about. We recommend foraging for plants and fruit you’re already familiar with such as blackberries, apples, elderflower or nettles.
2) Plan the route
Plan your route upfront. Make sure to pick a child-friendly trail that will be easy enough for little legs. We recommend foraging in the areas near your home to start off simple. Make sure not to forage along busy roads or areas that may have been sprayed with herbicides.
3) Safety first
Make it expressly clear that there is one big rule in foraging: never pick anything without a grown up. Keep hold of your foraging guide and if you or your explorers find something, even something as obvious as blackberries, don’t touch them until you have checked the guide and made sure that it is the right thing. Safety is first! Remember to leave some fruit behind to ensure an abundant crop again next year and also leave some for the animals and birds.
4) Make it fun
Foraging is a great idea for a family day out and cooking a meal with the fruits of your labour is so satisfying. Make your foraging adventure even more exciting by setting challenges for your children, for example who will be the first to find some blackberries or dandelions. When you get home, cook with the things you find together and end your day with a delicious meal.
5) Bring the right kit
Remember to bring a waterproof jacket (ideally a packaway jacket that packs into its own pocket), trousers and a pair of sturdy wellies in case of a sudden downpour. We also recommend packing a map, a torch, a food box, some snacks and a pair of protective gloves to protect your and your children’s hands from spikes and thorns.
Do you go foraging? What’s your favourite thing to find?