#30DaysWild is a challenge from the Wildlife Trust to connect more with nature every day in June, joining in with “random acts of wildness”. This is our third year taking part and I love how it encourages me to get outside with the children more and to take a closer look at the world around us. Every year, I find myself learning something new and this year is no exception. Some of our wild activities are focused; others are just about getting outdoors and going with the flow. Here are the things that we enjoyed during our first week of taking part in #30DaysWild this year:
Day 1 – Sophie made a nature journal to help her record some of the things we do this month. We took some of the roses from the garden (including one of the pale pink Pretty Jessica roses) to Jessica at her forever bed and sat there for a while listening to the birds sing and thinking about Jessica. This afternoon we’ve had fun outside in the paddling pool, picked wild strawberries in the garden and Sophie stuck some of the leaves she collected at Jessica’s forever bed in her nature journal.
Day 2 – Sophie has been busy making flowers from pebbles and petals for her friends.
Day 3 – We went on a guided nature walk around Denham Country Park. Sophie spotted ladybirds, damselflies, caterpillars and butterflies; trout swimming in the river and ducks with their ducklings. We saw a nuthatch in the trees; heard a woodpecker (although he stayed out of sight) and played Poohsticks on a bridge. Such a lovely day to be outdoors exploring.
Day 4 – Making pine cone bird feeders after school.
Day 5 – Watching the bees buzzing around the flowers at Hughenden Manor; looking for birds out in the garden; picking wild strawberries and learning about different mini beasts with the help of a sticker book.
Day 6 – Planting lettuce and radish seeds in pots, watering the roses and making an egg head with cress seeds inside.
Day 7 – Even on our hectic Friday afternoons there’s still time after school to stop and smell the roses before heading out for ballet and Girls’ Brigade. We also spotted a pretty damselfly in amongst the raspberry bushes and a snail on a bamboo cane.
Day 8 – Embracing the weather and enjoying food and fun outside whilst celebrating a friend’s big birthday.
Day 9 – Sophie used petals and leaves to write her name.
It’s been lovely to get outside each day, even if just for a short amount of time and take a closer look at nature. Have you been joining in in with #30DaysWild? What kind of activities have you enjoyed so far?