I should really start with an apology, it has been a while since my last blog, for that I am sorry! There are a number of excuses, mostly sleep deprivation (my youngest has decided that 4.30am is a perfectly reasonable time to start the day) but the Wildlife Trust's 30 Days Wild challenge has inspired … Continue reading 30 days wild
What better way to instil a love for the outdoors than caring for and watching plants grow. It is the time of year for sowing seeds so why not give your child a patch they can call their own and take ownership of? They can choose what to plant, water it, care for it, and … Continue reading Sowing the seeds of love for the outdoors
The windy week we are having has inspired me to make kites! Here is my 'how to' guide using recycled bags and twigs. You will need: 2 plastic carrier bags 6 thin twigs, as straight as possible 1 strong short twig String/wool Sellotape Scissors Method: Cut one of the bags open and into a square. … Continue reading Recycle and fly it!
This week I have made a free resource for you to print off and use. Spring Seek It cards. Simply take them with you on your adventures and see if you can seek them all. Find them here: spring seek it cards Even on a dreary day like today you can have some fun!
This week is set to be a bit of a washout but don't let that put you off getting out and having some fun. Here are some ways to use your senses to explore that NEED the rain. Eyes Make some rain art. You will need some paint and either a paper plate or cardboard, … Continue reading Exploring the rain with your senses.
Well I hope you all survived storm Doris, she certainly made things a bit more lively when out and about. My 3 year old looked like a drunk stumbling home as the wind baffeted her around and the pram hood became a sail sending us in all directions! With Doris well on her way, she … Continue reading Surviving storm Doris
Spring is definitely springing and one sign of this is frogspawn. You may have noticed these balls of jelly appearing in your local ponds or indeed heard the frogs calling. The frog lifecycle is a fascinating and accessible species to study and this is a great way to record it. (Thanks to my dad for … Continue reading Froggy flipcharts
The outdoors can be beautiful to look at but can also create beautiful things, here are a few ideas to help release your artistic side. Frozen art Perfect for this cold snap we are about to have and so simple to do. Simple add a few 'treasures', ribbon or string and some water to a … Continue reading Using Nature for Art
It is National story telling week so I thought I would give you inspiration for story writing. Story sticks are very simple to make and are a great way to record your adventures. It's great for reminding you of what you have seen on your adventure to re-tell to others. For older children it can … Continue reading Story sticks
This weekend is the RSPB's Big Garden Bird Watch (https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/birdwatch) where you can help to collect vital information about the bird life in our gardens and outdoor spaces. It is simple to do and a great activity to inspire future conservationists. So with this in mind I have come up with a few birdwatching tips … Continue reading Birdwatching games