Sylvanian Families Trail, Hatchlands Park (Guildford, Surrey)

Recently we visited Hatchlands Park, which is a beautiful National Trust site in Guildford, Surrey. Being a huge fan of Sylvanian families, Squiggle was keen to do the Sylvanian Families nature trail, open until the end of this year.

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There is a small charge to enter the park, including the Sylvanian Families Trail, of £6 per adult and £3 per child, or £15 for a family ticket (these prices are for park only, cost to enter whole site including house is extra. Prices are on the website here). National Trust members get in free.

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The trail has a series of signs as you walk through the wood, each with nature questions and clues from members of woodland Sylvanian families. There is a more difficult question at each stop, making it fun and informative for all ages.

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We did get abit confused when we reached the end because there was no obvious finishing point. We probably should have realised from the number of clues but even so, a clear indication, such as a finish sign or message from one of the Sylvanian families, would have been a nice additional touch.

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Regardless, we really enjoyed the trail and the wooden sculptures were lovely. Squiggle got so excited each time she spotted one and loved cuddling them!

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For more information see their website www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hatchlands-park/features/sylvanian-families-trail-at-hatchlands-park

Whilst we were there, we also went to Hatchlands Park playground. It has lovely natural play features, including a wonderful treehouse. Squiggle really enjoyed playing here and it fitted in beautifully with the surrounding natural environment.

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Treehouse
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Balancing
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Den seating
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Climbing

All in all, it was a fun day out!

Stay Wild: Den Building (and Yellow Meadow Ants!)

Squiggle specifically asked me to write this post, as she is very proud of her first attempt at building her own den and wanted to share her excitement!


Here is a video clip of her building the den…

She also collected sticks to make her Sylvanian Families their own den in the garden…

Under the bricks she moved to support her den, she found some yellow meadow ants, which we observed…

And Squiggle (very carefully of course!) held some too…

Another great day spent outdoors!

Sports Challenge: Great British Tennis Weekend

Today we had a lovely time playing tennis (for free!) as part of the Great British Tennis Weekend. I found out about this event through social media and was pleased to discover that there were various opportunities to take part locally. Booking was easy via the online system and our family time session could also be easily amended if/ when needed. Equipment was also available to borrow during these sessions free of charge. This was also brilliant timing, as Squiggle was so excited to be able to include it in her #SportsChallenge

During our session at Verulamium park, the atmosphere was relaxed and friendly, and the instructor was very understanding of Squiggle’s needs. We had a great time! For more information, check out the Lawn Tennis Association website here

Sports Challenge: A Different Kind Of Sport

Twinkl has many great resources, including plenty on the theme of sports. So today Squiggle decided to take a different approach to the Sports Challenge; she did some activities at home, including a sports themed wordsearch, some dot to dot pictures and we played finger tennis. Great fun!

Finger tennis- resources from Twinkl

Squiggle has also really enjoyed acting out different sports with her Sylvanian families, which also involved some very creative ideas to make the resources she needed…

Squiggle has played various sports with her Sylvanian families.

Sports Challenge: Athletics Track

Day 14: Today we went to the athletics track for the #SportsChallenge to do some running, races, relays, hurdles and long jump.

Squiggle really enjoyed use of the proper athletics track at Westminster Lodge.

Squiggle had fun trying long jump.

Sports Challenge: Football with Friends

Today we went to the local park to play football with some friends…
Football at Clarence park.


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Sports Challenge: Inventing Own Sport

On day 5, Squiggle invented her own game called ‘Round and Round Tennis’. This is a combination of rounders and tennis. Player 1 hits the ball over the net with their racket then runs around the net as many times as they can. Player 2 retrieves the ball and gets back into their section as quickly as possibly with the ball, they then shout ‘ball’. The first player has to finish the lap they have started and stop in their section. The second player hits the ball back to player 1, who then hits it back to player 2. This signifies the switch of roles- player 2 hits it as far as they can, which then begins their turn of running, while player 1 returns to their section with the ball as quickly as possible. The person with the most points (one lap around net = one point) after an even amount of turns is the winner.

I thought this was a very inventive game, but I do admit, I was unsure how well it would work in reality! However, over the past few days, Squiggle has played the newly invented ‘Round and Round Tennis’ in the garden and it works much better than I imagined!

She has also played multi-sports/ practised her skills in the garden tennis, badminton, football, hockey and netball over the past few days and on day 6 we did some basketball, football and badminton at a local park.

Squiggle playing basketball at Longacres park.

Stay Wild: The ‘Wild’Life Continues…

Well, 30 Days Wild may be over, but our outdoor adventures and love of nature certainly is not! ‘Stay Wild’ with The Wildlife Trusts and continue to share nature/ wildlife themed posts on social media using the hashtag #StayWild ~ it is lovely to see what other people are up to!

And here are some of our latest ‘wild’ activities…

Aldenham SEN playground has a lovely natural environment and some resident wild rabbits roaming around too!

 

Squiggle took this photo herself. I love it! I feel that taking part in 30 Days Wild has meant we both notice and appreciate our natural environment even more than before and has also really helped to develop our photography skills.

 

I don’t know what this is but I love it, it looks so magical!


We also spent time in the garden, harvesting some of our homegrown vegetables…

Squiggle found lots of snails in the garden, of various sizes…

And we went to Stanborough park for a walk around the lake…

Sports Challenge: Developing Skills

For the first few days of her Sports Challenge, Squiggle practised her skills for a different sport each day. Day one was football skills, second day tennis skills, day three she developed her hockey skills in the garden and today (day 4) she decided to shoot some hoops to practise her basketball skills…

Day two: Tennis skills at Aldenham SEN playground.

Day four: Basketball skills at Highfield Park.

Don’t forget to use hashtag #SportsChallenge to share your photos and updates!

Sports Challenge: Introduction

Inspired by 30 Days Wild, Squiggle decided to use the concept of themed activities to set herself a Sports Challenge; 100 days of sports. Throughout the summer and into autumn, she intends to something related to sports daily; practise sports skills, learn the rules of sports, play matches/ games, draw or write about sports, watch sports or even invent her own game.

If anyone else would like to join in with our challenge we would love to hear about it! Use hashtag #SportsChallenge (and tag me if you wish) to share your news and sports activities with us.

Squiggle practising football skills on day one of the challenge.