30 Days Wild – Day 16: DIY Coffee Scrub

As previously mentioned, I have pledged not to use products containing microbeads. There has been recent good news about this subject; the UK government says a ban is the best approach and that they will lobby for a European-wide ban. There are no details yet on what this will cover or when it will be implemented but it is still an exciting, positive step forward for ocean health and tackling plastic pollution.

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However, trillions of microbeads will still end up in our oceans before any new legislation comes into force. In order to raise awareness of this, and as part of 5Gyres campaign, I am arranging local drop-off points for opened products containing microbeads.

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With this in mind, today I decided to try my hand at making my own natural face and body scrub using coffee, coconut sugar, coconut oil and vanilla extract.

DIY Coffee Scrub Recipe:

1/2 cup of ground coffee
1/3 cup of coconut oil
1/4 cup of sugar
1 tsp vanilla

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30 Days Wild – Day 15: Tree Trail

Today we visited Highfield park in St Albans to do the tree trail. A map of the trail, including information about each of the trees, can be downloaded here Highfield Park Tree Trail

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Each month, Highfield Park Trust picks a ‘Tree of the Month’. Last month was the Common Lime (number 6 on the trail)…

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This month the chosen tree is the Deodar Cedar (number 16)…

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Here are some of the other trees we found out about on the trail…

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Monkey Puzzle. This tree is named because monkeys would find it confusing to climb due to its shape. It grows very slowly to begin with but can eventually reach up to 25 metres…

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Red horse Chestnut…

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Squiggle loves finding the numbers and studying the trees. This one is a Dawn Redwood…

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Holly. A well-known native evergreen with spiky leaves…

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Common Larch. This was originally introduced to Britain as an ornamental conifer but is now planted as a timber tree…

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London Plane. This tree is about 100 years old. It gets its name because it is often planted in London and copes well with city pollution…

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Purple Sycamore…

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Swamp Cypress. This tree originates from southern US and is one of the first species to have been introduced from America to Britain…

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Squiggle enjoying our adventures around Highfield park…

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30 Days Wild – Day 14: Puddle Jumping

“Don’t wait for the storm to pass, learn to dance in the rain.”

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Today has been a very wet day. So we danced in the rain and jumped in puddles. So much fun! There is something wonderful about being outside it the pouring rain- it is so refreshing and somehow freeing too- no one to tell me to get inside, or to put on a coat, or use an umbrella!

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Squiggle also took some beautiful photos in our garden too…

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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 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 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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Easter Activities

Here are the Easter events and activities we did this year…

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Easter hunt at home
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Easter hunt at Highfield park
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Arts and crafts activities at home- Squiggle has improved alot on reading and following instructions!
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Mead Open Farm
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Willows activity farm

August Highlights

We have spent time at home doing a variety of different activities. Squiggle has been particularly keen to do writing and has been very interested in shapes this month.

Writing letters to penpals…

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Thank you letters to friends for her birthday presents…

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Feeding the ducks at Verulamium…

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Properties of 3D shapes…

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Making 3D shapes…

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Making a chart of how many shapes she finds…

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Making a model of the solar system…

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Caterpillars in our garden…

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Going for a walk to post letters…

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Making a 3D puzzle of tower bridge…

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Eco- Energy City

Today Squiggle and I spent the majority of the day building an ‘Eco- Energy City’. It was such an interesting project and sparked lots of educational discussion, such as renewable energy sources, transfer of energy and different ways energy is used. She was really focused throughout and loved the finished product too- a big thumbs up from us!

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Getting started
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Circuits
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Wiring the water wheel
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Finishing touches
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And it works! The 'city' gets energy via the solar panel and hand generator, which can be stored and then used to power the windmill, turn the water wheel and light up the street light and house light.
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Experimenting with the switches
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Sylvanians came to visit the city and learn about it too!