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Cooking, mud, water and tools – a perfect messy play weekend!
This is a fantastic thing to do especially as the autumn weather is coming in.
Until very recently repeated bouts of illness for our Littlest Trekker Joe have been interfering greatly with our outdoor adventures. To stave off the boredom, and continue to satisfy his desire for all things nature-related, we have turned our attentions close to home over the last few months and engaged him in a spot of creature spotting whenever he felt up to it. With light seemingly at the end of the poorly-tunnel we thought we'd share with you what we discovered.
At our previous house, we were very fortunate in that the immediate area was very safe for small children, and this made it relatively easy for James to practice riding his bike. We are not so lucky in our present house, but we tend to use the tandems for getting around, and there isn’t any great need for the boys to be able to ride their solo bikes.
One thing I always used to love doing as a child was growing sunflowers. It seems I’m not the only one as Little Brother was given a ‘Grow Your Own Sunflowers’ kit for his birthday. It came with some ‘special’ sunflower seeds, a measuring tape, and a little watering can.
With a summer like this (think rain, think cold!) any warm(ish) day with a bit of sun becomes a special event. Which makes it even more frustrating if it coincides with a day where venturing any distance from home isn't an option.
Near to us is Arlington Court. An impressive old stately home run by the National Trust; the history is interesting and there are the usual impressive buildings, chapel and stables but I’ve never really been tempted to take the kids. Until we discovered the GROUNDS!
''Shield bugs and conkers. Earthworms and autumn, these are a few of our favourite things…''
“Mummy, can we camp out tonight, please?” This has become a regular request at weekends. “Oh please, pleeease, pleeeeease!” I hesitated, on the verge of saying ‘Not tonight, because…’ then it became clear that all they actually wanted was to camp out in the back garden.
Recently, we gave James a crystal-growing kit. Now, I know Little Trekkers is about outdoor adventures and not about laboratory experiments. But this is really about geology, so it’s got everything to do with the Great Outdoors.