#30DaysWild 2018 – Week 1

#30DaysWild is a nature challenge run by the Wildlife Trust. It aims to encourage people to connect with nature through doing wild activities every day throughout June. We joined in with this for the first time last year and thoroughly enjoyed it. The girls and I learned so much about nature and enjoyed doing various outdoor activities and nature-inspired crafts. This year, Sophie and I are joining in again.

 

Last year, I blogged daily about our wild activities. This year I’m sharing the daily updates on Instagram with a weekly update on the blog, plus the occasional individual post about a specific activity. Here are the wild activities we’ve been enjoying this week:

 

Sophie planting flowers; wild strawberries in the garden; Sophie finding fairy houses and a bird feeder made from a toilet roll tube - "#30DaysWild - Week 1"

 

Day 1 – Sophie enjoyed planting some flower seeds in pots today. Looking forward to seeing how they grow over the next few weeks

 

Day 2 – We’ve been picking some of the wild strawberries that are growing in a neglected corner of the garden. They might be tiny compared to shop-bought ones but they’re full of flavour.

 

Day 3 – We’ve hunted for fairy houses in the woods, fed some goats and had time relaxing in a hammock. What a lovely way to spend a Sunday.

 

Day 4 – We’ve been making a simple bird feeder from a toilet roll tube. Now to wait and see if any birds come to visit us.

 

Sophie with the I-Spy In The Garden book; Sophie doing some leaf printing; pink sorrel in the garden; Sophie's nature bracelets

 

Day 5 – We’ve been using the I-Spy In The Garden Book today to see what we can find. Sophie managed to tick off several things and scored 175 points with today’s findings, which included a Red Admiral butterfly and some ripe raspberries on our raspberry bush. They didn’t stay there long!

 

Day 6 – Sophie had fun doing some leaf printing and painting using natural objects, such as sticks. Needless to say it soon became finger painting instead but we had fun getting arty outdoors.

 

Day 7 – We’ve been using another of the I-Spy books to help identify wildflowers in the garden. These ones weren’t in the book but a quick search online has identified them as being pink sorrel. Love how much Sophie and I are learning through taking part in #30dayswild again this year.

 

Day 8 – Sophie had fun making these simple nature bracelets and decorating them with petals, leaves and flowers from the garden.

 

We now have some seedlings appearing from the flowers that we planted at the beginning of the week and Sophie has been enjoying wild strawberries and raspberries from the garden most days. The I-Spy books are proving to be very popular with her so far. Each time we go out, she wants to take one of the books to see what she can spot. We haven’t yet spotted any birds on our bird feeder but the seed has all gone now so I assume they’ve visited it when we haven’t been looking.

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10 Comments

  1. June 9, 2018 / 12:34 pm

    Such a lovely challenge and a great way to ensure a little wild time each day. All such simple yet rewarding activities. You have reminded me that we haven’t made nature bracelets for ages here, I might add them back into this year’s activities.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

  2. June 9, 2018 / 1:17 pm

    How fun! Sophie looks like she is really enjoying the challenge. I love her petal bracelets. I like the I Spy In The Garden book, that is a great idea. #countrykids

  3. June 9, 2018 / 3:49 pm

    I’m never organised enough to get things sorted for this. The I-Spy books are fab though aren’t they for nature spotting. Well done on the Red Admiral spot, I’ve not seen one of those in my garden since I was a child #CountryKids

  4. We’re joining in too. We’ve not done a nature craft yet. might try one tomorrow. Looks like Sophie is having a great time and learning lots. #countrykids

  5. June 9, 2018 / 8:24 pm

    This is such a great challenge. It looks like you and Sophie have been having a lot of fun! I love those bracelets that you made. So cute. #CountryKids

  6. June 9, 2018 / 8:38 pm

    what a great challenge, it looks like Sophie is having lots of fun.
    #countrykids

  7. June 12, 2018 / 8:05 pm

    Your seedlings sound like they have made quick progress! What a wonderful week of fantastic nature activities, what lucky children they are. #CountryKids

  8. June 13, 2018 / 9:08 am

    We’re joining in with 30 Days Wild too and having so much fun. Looks like Sophie is really enjoying it and I’m going to have to attempt the nature bracelets with my girls #CountryKids

  9. June 13, 2018 / 7:59 pm

    I love this challenge and what an amazing start you have made to it. i hadn’t heard of the I-Spy books sounds like they may be worth me looking into them.

  10. June 14, 2018 / 12:21 pm

    Lovely to see that you are once again taking part in 30 Days wild. It’s certainly true that you learn a lot when you immerse yourself in nature. #CountryKids

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