Squiggle loves creative activities so today she decided to do some nature- themed art. She did some leaf rubbing, observation drawing and printing. We also remembered some nature art activities that we have enjoyed doing previously, both at home and at art group too.
Leaf and grass printing
My demonstration of printing…
Previously we have studied the work of Andy Goldsworthy, who is one of my favourite artists…
And we have also used twigs to paint with too (no pictures though)!
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/
We also made daisy chains, which Squiggle has never done before, and she liked hair accessorising with them too!
I can’t believe we are on day 9 already, time flies when we’re having WILD fun!
Photo taken on our nature walk last week
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.
We also found a ladybird lavae too, which was exciting as we had never seen one before!
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…
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.
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.
Here is a video clip taken a few weeks ago of Squiggle planting the seeds (and some others too)…
A fortnight after planting the seeds, seedlings were already growing strong.
Squiggle gently handled the seedlings as she carefully planted them outside.
Here is Squiggle, harvesting (and then later eating!) our potatoes…
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
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.
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.
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
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).
Here are our March highlights. I chose the song ‘Wonderful World’ because we went on several lovely nature walks and this song really echoes our appreciation of the world around us!
As well as the nature walks, a few of our other activities (as seen in the video) include a marine conservation workshop by Whale Fest, a playdate at the park, other parks and playgrounds, growing our own potatoes, reading, Aldenham SEN playground, a trip to Willows farm and a visit to Stockwood Discovery Centre.
As well as the previous blog posts I have already written about some of our days out, here are some of the other activities Squiggle enjoyed in July…