As much as we love escaping the confines of the house for a brisk winter walk, it can sometimes be tricky to persuade our children to join us, to drag them away from their screens, pull on their wellies, put on a coat and breathe in some fresh air.

Here are just a few ideas for ways to encourage children outside and keep them entertained during the winter season.

1) Take a scavenger hunt

A scavenger hunt is simply a list of things to look for when you're out and about. You can make one yourself, or just search "outdoor scavenger hunt" and the image results will show plenty of options to either print or take on your phone.

We like to adapt them for the season or occasion. For example, around Halloween you can hunt for a stick like a witch's finger, or at Christmas, something the colour of a robin's red breast.

2) Collect your favourite things

A strip of coloured card with double-sided sticky tape down the middle, or even a stick and some string, can be used to collect memories of your journey.

Try collecting as many different shaped or coloured leaves as you can, or perhaps something for every colour of the rainbow.

3) Play with clay or mud

Carrying a small bag of natural clay means you always have something to model into bugs you find, make faces on trees, or use to build mini-dens with. If you don't have clay, most mud will do the trick!

4) Build a den

Dens require no pre-planning and no materials - just make one wherever and whenever you fancy. You can use logs and fallen branches leaned up against a tree, or even little twigs to make dens for fairies or bugs. If you have them with you, a rope between two trees with a blanket over the top will make an instant shelter.

The most important thing to remember is that the steps out of the front door are the hardest, and that once outside, everyone will be happier than they anticipated, even the ones previously glued to their screens.

Enjoy!