We love Poppy Cat in this house. From the first time that I was sent a review disc, we all love the exploration of the imagination and the way the series promotes story-telling. It captures The Boy's attention and has a soothing effect which I've not seen from other programmes. It's also a powerful antedote to any late night (and slightly scary) programmes that Mr. TBaM and I have been watching; we tend to have a few episodes of it on the Sky+ box and have been known to occasionally watch the adventures of Alma, Zuzu, Mo, Owl and Egbert to calm our nerves!
Part of the wonder of Poppy Cat is how all activities take part outdoors in the fresh air, exploring the world in which the friends live. To help promote this wonderous world outside the window, Poppy Cat has partnered with The Woodland Trust to launch an 'adventure' platform for the Visit Woodlands website.
Visit Woodlands.org.uk hosts information on over 11,000 UK woods that are open to the public. At the moment they have a facility to find the nearest bluebell woods for a pleasant Spring walk. However they have also created a whole load of downloadable activity materials which focus on the fabulous Poppy Cat book 'Mystery Trail Adventures'; designed to engage them during family outings to the woods.
We were sent a copy of the book and the downloadable activities (plus a talking Poppy Cat which The Boy almost exploded at!) and I can't wait to try them out with him. With activities like being a nature detective and collecting a treasure hunt, nature colour bingo, making an adventure scrapbook, and making a bug hotel, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the outdoors using 'The Mystery Trail' as a starting point. Simply go to the Poppycat website and click on 'activities' to view the full range.
To further support the Visit Woods campaign, Nick Jr. will air nature-themed Poppy Cat episodes every day from 18th April at 7.15pm for two weeks.
With the better weather now here, and the woodlands bursting with life, there is no excuse to not provide children with the opportunity to play outside and explore the wider world in which they live. Find a wood nearby and get tree climbing! Don't forget that children in the UK are the most depressed in the western world, help them to reconnect with nature and lift their spirits; give them the natural childhood they deserve.
I was sent the goody-bag above for The Boy to help promote the campaign, my opinions are honest and unbiased.