Family Blog Club

Join in with our November blogger challenge!

Hello, and welcome to our first challenge of the 2013/14 Center Parcs Family Blogger Club!

By joining in with our monthly challenges, you could be in with the chance to win a family break at one of four Center Parcs villages, as well as a place in the Center Parcs Family Blogger Club for the rest of the year. Terms and conditions apply.

This month, we want you and your family to embrace the autumn weather by writing your very own seasonal poem. Here to help inspire you is Center Parcs Whinfell Forest’s resident nature expert and Conservation Ranger, Emma Tapp.

"I’ve worked at Center Parcs Whinfell Forest for seven years, and every year I’m struck by the beauty of the forest as the seasons shift and the surroundings transform from vivid greens to deep reds, oranges and browns.

"Center Parcs it’s all about embracing and appreciating nature and we want your family to look for the beauty of autumn and share it on your blog. Whether it’s a couple of rhyming lines, or a poetic epic, we want to see what you can come up with as a family. An autumn poem is a great way to get your children taking notice of their shifting surroundings – here are my top tips for bringing out the inner poet in you and your children..."

Family Blog Club

1. Be inspired by your surroundings - Observe as the leaves change colour from green to red and let the beautiful burnt oranges get the creative juices flowing, what does it look like and remind you of?

2. Play outside – Despite the drop in temperature, it’s great to wrap up warm and get outside in the fresh air. The sound of the leaves crunching as you stroll through the park or play in the garden is bound to get you and your children inspired, so why not head outside for a brisk autumn stroll before setting to work on your poetic masterpiece?

3. Get creative - Have your children decorate their poem with autumn leaves or drawings and paintings of autumnal scenes. And, if you’re kids are feeling confident, have them read out their poem and share the video on your blog.

4. Have fun - Your poem doesn’t have to be a literary masterpiece, as you’re all having fun and enjoying yourselves that’s the main thing.

5. Learn from the best - Read your children’s favourite short story or poems about nature to get them excited about writing their own.

For a chance to become our newest Center Parcs Family Blogger and win a family break to a Center Parcs Village of your choice, simply share your poem on your blog.

Don’t forget to tell us which of Emma’s tips your favourite is and let us know that it’s your entry into this month’s challenge by including the line ‘This is my entry to the Center Parcs and Tots 100 November challenge. If I’m chosen, I would like to visit (specify Village)’.

Then just tweet us a link to it, being sure to include the Center Parcs and Tots 100 handles in your tweet, as well as the #CPFamilyBreaks hashtag and a link to your blog post. See below for a sample tweet

@Tots 100 @CenterParcsUK Here’s my #CPFamilyBreaks entry INSERT BLOG LINK TO ENTRY

The challenge closes on November 29th, so get writing!