30 Days Wild- Day 13: Nature Alphabet Hunt

Can you find something beginning with every letter in 5 minutes? We found half the alphabet, can you beat us?!

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Also, remember #WorldMeatFreeDay is today! What are you having for dinner?

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30 Days Wild- Day 9: Garden Yoga and Daisy Chains

We spent most of today outside in the garden. During this time, we did some yoga together, inspired by the random acts of wildness on the 30 Days Wild website. We used a printable yoga poster called ‘Garden Yoga for Kids’ for further inspiration. This can be found here http://childhood101.com/2016/04/yoga-for-kids-a-walk-through-the-garden/

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We also made daisy chains, which Squiggle has never done before, and she liked hair accessorising with them too!
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I can’t believe we are on day 9 already, time flies when we’re having WILD fun!
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Photo taken on our nature walk last week

30 Days Wild- Day 8: World Oceans Day

As it is World Oceans Day, Squiggle’s challenge for today was to write down her 4 favourite things about the ocean. This is her message…

my four favourite fings arr boats seals paddling/ dippin my towws wayales (whales)

My challenge for today is to take action to protect the ocean, by sharing information with my online community about microbeads.

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Today, Greenpeace took a petition signed by 312,239 people to No10 asking our government to ban microbeads here in the UK. To date, US is the only country to have banned microbeads, and that doesn’t come into full effect until July 2018.

However, we have also taken our own action by pledging to be #beadfree to help protect oceans from plastic pollution. Go to www.5gyres.org to add your name to the pledge too!

Check out www.beatthemicrobead.org for more information on microbeads, and other microplastics.

30 Days Wild- Day 7: Damsel in Distress

Whilst playing outside in the garden this morning, Squiggle spotted a damselfly struggling in her paddling pool. She put her finger out to help and it quickly clambered on. Its wings were soaked and all scrunched up but she set it down in a patch of long grass, hoping they would soon dry out and recover.

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We also found a ladybird lavae too, which was exciting as we had never seen one before!

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As we outside outside in the garden, we also took a moment to reflect on our recent nature walk. Squiggle had asked me to find out more information about some of the wildlife we spotted so we talked a little about that. One of the things she asked during our walk was what these are…

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She was very interested to discover that they are bluebells gone to seed (I didn’t realise, I perhaps should have been able to guess though based on location!!!!) Later, on our walk back from music class, Squiggle looked for more in a small patch near our house where we had seen bluebells in bloom and was very excited to spot some.

30 Days Wild- Day 6: Growing Our Own Food

We have a small area of our garden dedicated to growing our own fruit, vegetables and potatoes. Today we planted out our pepper seedlings and harvested some rocket potatoes from our GYOP project.

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Here is a video clip taken a few weeks ago of Squiggle planting the seeds (and some others too)…

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A fortnight after planting the seeds, seedlings were already growing strong.

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Squiggle gently handled the seedlings as she carefully planted them outside.

Here is Squiggle, harvesting (and then later eating!) our potatoes…

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I love her look of amazement!

For more information on the Grow Your Own Potatoes (GYOP) project, and to register now to take part in 2017, see their website www.growyourownpotatoes.org.uk

30 Days Wild- Day 4: Slugs

This morning Squiggle found several slugs in our garden. She watched them closely and noticed that they were various different sizes, then she held them gently before carefully placing them in a safe spot.

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“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” ~ Dalai Lama

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Squiggle’s own photo of the slugs.

As for me, I have been trying to identify some of the wildlife we spotted on our recent nature walk. Turns out that developing my own identification skills is more of a challenge than I thought!

30 Days Wild – Day 2: Nature Walk

For day two of our #30DaysWild challenge, Squiggle and I went on a nature walk. We spent lots of time studying things and taking photos. In fact, Squiggle took so many lovely pictures that we decided sorting through them and sharing them could be one of her future challenges for another day! We were also intrigued to find out more information about some of the more unusual things we spotted, so an indentification and research challenge is also on the cards for another day too!

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Squiggle collected some natural items she found on the ground during our nature walk.

When we got back home, Squiggle drew a nature walk picture and wrote a poem.

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A drawing of wild flowers in very tall grass.

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‘Nature’ ~ A poem inspired by our nature walk.

Then she typed a quick message to The Wildlife Trusts to let them know what we did today.

“To day we went on a nature woork  tok lots of photos wen we got back we did a nature powim and drorin xxx”

As for me, we saw lots of beautiful and interesting things, and I took plenty of photos too, but this captured my attention the most! So fascinating, and incredibly vibrant colours- the photo does not really do it justice.

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30 Days Wild – Day 1: Nature In Our Garden

Today marks the start of the #30DaysWild challenge, which continues throughout June. For those who don’t already know, this is organised by The Wildlife Trusts; the purpose is to bring people closer to nature and to connect with the natural environment.

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Day one: ‘Nature Growing Wild In Our Garden’.

Firstly, Squiggle and I discussed what the challenge is and came up with ideas for future activities. We decided that for today we would go out into the garden to look at the plants and flowers growing naturally, then take some photos to share.

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Squiggle’s collage of photos she took herself today.

Squiggle decided she wanted to share her photos with everyone and chose to present them as both a collage and a video clip.

Squiggle created this video clip herself using the nature photos she took today in our garden. She was very keen to have varied and colourful backgrounds for each photo, which makes her video clip somewhat interesting and unique. I feel this matches her personality very well- and I love the fact that her finished work is a true reflection of herself!

“All our lives are better if they are abit wild.” ~ The Wildlife Trusts

Paddling Pools and Splash Parks (Herts and surrounding area)

Summer Fun: Parks and Paddling is one of my most popular blog posts and, rather unsurprisingly, has had alot of hits this past weekend! So here is the latest info for this season…

 

● Cassiobury Park paddling pool: closed for refurbishment

 

● Verulamium Splash Park: Now open 10-6pm daily until Sunday 11th September 2016  www.stalbans.gov.uk/community-and-living/communityleisure/play_areas/splashpark.aspx

 

● London colney (Morris Way) paddling pool: opens 28th May. No further info.

 

● Paradise Wildlife Park lagoon: Now open daily. This is part of the wildlife park (no separate entry)- admission costs apply www.pwpark.com

 

● Leighton Buzzard splash park and beach: Now open 10am-6pm daily www.leightonlinslade-tc.gov.uk

 

● Ruislip Lido: Now open daily until end of September www.hillingdon.gov.uk/ruisliplido

 

Of course there are many others in and around Hertfordshire, this is not a comprehensive list! Others I have heard of but never visited are Harpenden outdoor pool, Letchworth splash park/ paddling pool and Hitchin outdoor pool. Plus, of course, there is natural water play such as the stream at Wheathampstead, Stanborough or Cassiobury and plenty of beaches within an hour or two (driving or train) too!

Leighton Buzzard Splash Park

Leighton Buzzard Splash Park

 

Happy splashing!

Highlights of April

Some of our activities in April included art group, music class, dance class, nature walks, several parks, Langleybury Farm, planting in our garden, a variety of creative activities and Easter activities (see previous blog post).

(I chose the song Price Tag because this was the one Squiggle learned a routine to in dance class and so we have listened to it ALOT this month! It also led to a nice discussion on materialism/ priorities).