We’re now three-quarters of the way through this year’s #30DaysWild and have been enjoying getting outdoors and learning more about wildlife and nature. We tend to come up with our own activities for each day during #30DaysWild rather than following the activity suggested in the daily email. This week we have been joining in with some of the suggested activities though, particularly during the last weekend; the Big Wild Weekend when we joined in with the Big Wild Campout and the kids’ quiz. It’s been about twelve years since I last slept in a tent, but this year’s #30DaysWild had me camping out for a couple of nights in the garden with the kids. Sophie thoroughly enjoyed her first experience of sleeping in a tent and Thomas coped well with it too. Here’s our summary of the activities we’ve been enjoying for our third week of #30DaysWild 2021:
Sophie and Thomas enjoyed picking raspberries and wild strawberries from the garden. We also picked some of the radishes and lettuce that we’ve been growing this year.
Sophie and I enjoyed watching one of the British Wildlife Tales drawing tutorials on YouTube and drawing a rabbit.
This weekend was the Big Wild Weekend with various events taking place, including the #bigwildcampout for Saturday night. Daddy was away for the weekend but had put up both our old tents in the garden ready for us to camp out overnight. We had a practice run with the four of us sleeping in the big tent out in the garden midweek but then I was on my own for the #bigwildcampout itself. It was just as well we’d had both tents up for a few days as I’d discovered that the bigger one wasn’t quite so waterproof, so with a rainy night forecast, we were camping out in the small tent. Thomas wasn’t quite so sure at first but soon settled down, and both children slept well (and slept through the dawn chorus at 4am). I didn’t sleep quite so well but it was a fun experience and thankfully we all stayed dry!
We finished off the Big Wild Weekend events by joining in with the Big Wild Kids’ Quiz on YouTube. Sophie is currently making a shoebox garden in her Muddy Puddles outdoor learning sessions at school so she collected some fallen rose petals and grass from the garden to take into school to add to this.
Back in April we put some of the forget-me-nots and daffodils from the garden in Sophie’s flower press (and then forgot about them!) While trying to think of a #30DaysWild activity for today, I remembered and dug out the flower press. We were very pleased with how well they came out – the daffodils were particularly pretty. Sophie stuck some of the flowers in her nature journal and I glued some of the forget-me-nots into my ‘life after Jessica’ journal. Forget-me-nots always make me think of her – I never noticed any in the garden until my first Mother’s Day without her and it felt like a little gift from her.
We took a walk through a wildflower meadow after Sophie’s swimming lesson to see how many different wildflowers we could spot. We spotted lots of different ones – ox-eye daisies, buttercups, ragwort, cow parsley, thistle, bird’s foot trefoil, red and white clover, and tufted vetch.
We headed to Black Park after school for a walk around the lake. Sophie and Thomas enjoyed feeding the ducks and looking out for the giant ladybirds which are currently placed around the park. There are ten altogether and we managed to find five of them. Sophie also found a big feather.
You can read about other activities we’ve enjoyed while taking part in #30DaysWild over the last few years here.