Nature is our greatest teacher! Get out and enjoy some real fun and learning!
Thursday, 23 June 2016
Monday, 13 June 2016
Thursday, 9 June 2016
We took clay with us to make some nature art. Adding sticks, feathers and pebbles. Anything the children fancied or found. Lots of running off to find just the right stick to add.
The nice thing about this activity is that the children can all manage it. Even the toddlers. They can select their pieces and push them in to the clay. No right or wrong place. Just have fun. The little ones gained finger strength by pushing the stones in to the clay.
Once finished little "B" enjoyed the bucket of water that we used for hand washing. It kept her busy for a good half an hour!
The finished art works!
Wednesday, 8 June 2016
Later in the day I topped up the bird feeds and soon had 6 fledgling Starlings fighting over it. I could never mother Starlings..... they always seem to argue and they never share. My little ones could teach them some manners!
The yellow pond Iris are looking lovely at the moment. Nice and bright amidst all the green.
I found this little Aquilegia poking through the trellis as well. I love these plants and have a tendency to just scatter seeds that I find anywhere in the garden. Nice surprise!
Tuesday, 7 June 2016
Today we hung out on the school trim trail for a bit. There was a lot of balancing going in. They all asked for my help the first few times but became braver and more independent as time passed.
Littler "M" decided that the children were driving a train and that it needed wheels. So off she went and came back with these!
She walked around the other 2 girls and added the new wheels to the train. Then she took her place as driver!
After the trim trail we went off to TOLC for a Forest School session. We now have a new leader and the site is no longer water logged so we can hold sessions again! So exciting! We had an amazing turn out and more interest has been expressed by people who couldn't make it this week.
The children very quickly fell back in with the rules around the fire that they learnt last Autumn. Well remembered! We made stick bread and enjoyed the mud kitchen today.
Monday, 6 June 2016
Started our day with some playing in the outdoor kitchen area. This is by far the most favoured play space in my setting. I added some weeds and plant cuttings to the area and gave the children scissors to chop them up for their potions. Great fine motor strengthening activity.
We also had a spot of Basketball in the garden before heading over to TOLC. The local outdoor education centre. "J" has a pretty good aim and throw! He got basket after basket!
Once we arrived at TOLC Kenzie and his friends went metal detecting. They found all sorts of old junk.... I mean treasures! In one of his retrieval attempts, Kenzie ended up foot first in the ditch. Nice cold muddy foot on a hot day. He didn't seem too bothered by it!
We took our bug hinting kit with us and the children spent ages under the trees moving leaves to find beetles, worms and snails.
Snail shells are interesting and colourful! They particularly liked this stripy shell!
Our littlest buddy had a nap under the trees. The best sleep you can have is outside sleep. I always find the children sleep for longer when they are in the garden.
We finished off our day sitting round the un-lit campfire and chatting, before going our separate ways. Lots of very happy and tired children ready for dinner and some down time!
Sunday, 5 June 2016
Sunday today and the weather has been AMAZING!! Where has this sun suddenly come from after a week of rain and clouds. Looks like it might be staying for a bit too!
Good weather always makes the 30 Days Wild challenge easier.
Today was wild in a slightly different way as Kenzie had a birthday party to go to. There were inflatables so lots of outside time, running about and jumping. This as a huge hit! Gladiator fighting with friends.
The buttercups are all coming out on mass which I love to see! The insects were having a great time flying around and making the most of what these flowers had to offer.
It was also great to see the Dog Rose blooming. Such a pretty flower. Really enjoying having a bit more awareness this month and noticing the changes around us. So much to see if we just take a moment to slow down and take it in.
Saturday, 4 June 2016
Yay! We survived the night and the it didn't rain!
The biggest bonus being there were still embers on that big log so I could re light the fire and make my cup of tea!
Does this count as breakfast? It looks like breakfast...... SSsssh don't tell the children!
After clearing up the site and getting home, we had a lot of washing to get through. Everything was very smokey and a little muddy! The boys have been chilled out all day. Fresh air and a late night playing hide and seek in the dark wore them out.
I did sit in the garden for a bit watching the Bumble bee's on the Honeysuckle and had a giggle at juvenile Starlings fighting over the bird feeder. Why do they argue every time!? A Bluetit came to
visit which was a nice surprise. I don't see many in my garden.
Friday, 3 June 2016
I hope the big log in the fire pit keeps things burning until the morning..... I will need a nice cup of tea when I wake up and they have used all the kindling I brought with me! Opps!
Thursday, 2 June 2016
The children wanted to know who had pooed on the Dinosaur play area...... I was happy to tell them that it was Hedgehogs. This means that the rescues we have been releasing have not traveled very far! Greatr to think that they are still nearby.
My boys took a walk down to the Outdoor Learning Center and came back with this egg shell. we wonder if it might be a Pheasants egg. There were a couple of these lay on the floor.
This morning was spent planting some of our plants that we chose at the garden center. I let the children decide where they wanted them to go. They worked hard at weeding a space for them!
We did find ants looking after aphids on the roots of this weed. They caused much interest!
We relocated some slugs from the flower beds in to a more wild area where they would not munch on the new plants!
During lunch time, we checked on the Springwatch cameras and spent a long time observing the Bluetit chicks being fed. The younger children thought that the chicks could see them through the screen and kept waving at them. It was helpful to encourage them to eat up as well. I mentioned that the babies might like to eat their dinner for them!
While clearing away some old leaves we found this Bee nest under the shed. A great find and the Bee's have been in and out all afternoon. They love to visit our Honeysuckle.
After watching the web cam live feeds, the boys set up their own nature camera!
They even made bird hides. This is one that they made for the younger girls to sit in. All set with Binoculars!
This evening I went out to tidy away toys and found this frog hoping across the grass. He was heading back to the pond. I have noticed that the usual 3 frogs have been absent the past coupole of days.
We spent some time in the shed this evening which we have now nicknamed our bird hide. It has a good view of the feeders and the birds don't seem to notice us!
We watched a Dove mating dance and call. Which my eldest found very funny! His lady friend did not seem very interested, but as the evening went on she warmed to him and they nuzzled each other. I think scruffy has pulled!