Good gear

Children: Craigdon Mountain Sports in Aberdeen and Inverurie and Cotswold Outdoor Aberdeen sell outdoor clothing for children. Online, Mud Pies recommends Didriksons, Kozi Kidz, Little Trekkers, Muddy Puddles, Raindrops, Skogstad and Togz. Waterproof trousers are better outside, rather than being tucked into, wellies and use the elastic footstrap if you have them. This keeps the rain and snow out!

Warm hands and feet really make a difference to how long tots are out in the Winter so invest in some cosy gloves, boots and hats. Mitts are easier to put on tots than gloves. Kozi Kidz and Raindrops sell fleece-lined waterproof mitts that allow children to play in ice, mud and snow.
Thermal wellies such as Startrite Mudbusters are great for Aberdeen winters being warm and waterproof (snow boots are better for powder dry snow). Street Stompers in Aberdeen and Trendy Treads in Inverurie sell them, starting at a baby size 4 (EU20). Bogs also do very small neoprene wellies that get great reviews. My favourite style however are lightweight foam wellies with removable liners that you can wash. Strangely they have no branded name but you should find them online by searching for “kids EVA lightweight wellies”. Let me know if you get stuck!
Hats with earflaps, often known as trapper hats, keep ears and cheeks warm in even the worst of weathers. A good style for kids who won’t usually keep hats on. I recommend Didrikson’s Biggles hat. Search online for a UK retailer.

Mums, Grannies and Aunties: a longer jacket with a decent collar and hood, such as a waterproof parka, is what you are looking for – try makes such as Didriksons or Seasalt which look good as well as being warm. If you suffer from cold toes try some neoprene wellies – Muck Boots or Grubs are two good brands. Pac boots such as Sorel are also really warm. A pair of waterproof trousers also just makes life seem better – doesn’t matter what kind, as long as they keep out the wind and rain and let you splash in puddles too. If you have a bump or use a baby carrier you will probably love mamalila jackets!

Bits and bugs

Insect Lore sells an amazing range of nature and science toys and gifts.

Muddy Faces and Greenman Bushcraft sell loads of great outdoorsy kit – from fire pits to den building kits and hammocks.

Roots and shoots

Scotia Seeds are one of the best sources of native plant seed in Scotland. Excellent advice too!

Things to do

Sign up to Nature Detectives for masses of eco things to do –  from great tick sheets to quizzes, art ideas and online games.

Creative STAR Learning – an inspirational outdoor learning service by Juliet Robertson for educators.

Like food, foraging and all things edible? Click on over to the wonderful Foodie Quine!

Forestry and Land Scotland (previously the Forestry Commission Scotland) run seasonal events in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire woodlands. Search their online events listings here.

Aberdeen City Council Countryside Ranger Service and Aberdeenshire Council Ranger Service also hold hands-on events for families on their reserves.