Stuck for ideas what to do with the children every weekend? Fed up with seeing them spend too much time on the computer?
Getting bored with the Wii? If any of these sounds like your family then it's time for a return to some nostalgic outside activities.
A recent survey by the National Trust shockingly highlighted the fact that many youngsters could identify sci-fi characters but couldn't name a magpie!
Nothing beats pure old-fashioned fun, that's why we've all put our heads together and come up with some of our favourite childhood pastimes Ã¢Â€Â“ many of which won't even cost you a penny.
The activities below are suitable for either boys or girls, depending on your own children's likes and interests.
Girls' Activities Make a den Plant seeds and watch them grow Press flowers in a book and make a collage Make daisy chain necklaces and bracelets Toast marshmallows over an open fire Make a wish on the north star in the night sky Search for seashells on a wintry beach Make mud pies Play hopscotch Make rose petal perfume
Boys' Activities Make a tree house Fly a kite Sleep outdoors (in a tent) Roast chestnuts over an open fire Go hunting for frogspawn Find a distant galaxy, the Andromeda Nebula, in the night sky Search for crabs on a rocky beach Make a weather station Learn how to use a compass Play conkers
The website www.littleterra.co.uk is a host of information for parents, with tips on outside activities for children of all ages, from babies to 11 year olds.