Our fifth #30DaysWild has now come to an end. We’ve enjoyed joining in again. As with previous years, it’s encouraged us to take a closer look and we’ve learned new things as a result. Sophie particularly enjoyed getting to camp out in the garden and my ability to identify wildflowers and the different birds visiting our garden has improved. Here are some of the things we enjoyed doing for our final week of #30DaysWild 2021:
Sophie had fun collecting leaves and flowers in the garden to make a nature suncatcher. This was simple to make. We cut out the middle of a paper plate and two circles of sticky-back plastic slightly larger than the hole in the paper plate. Sophie then stuck one of these to the paper plate, arranged her natural objects and stuck the second circle on top to seal them. We finished off by punching two holes in the top, threading some string through and hanging it up in the window.
Whilst my attempts to grow a cut-flower patch in the garden this year have not been very successful, some of the seeds we have planted are now starting to flower. Today we spotted nasturtium flowers, one white cornflower and some sweetpea flowers.
One of our regular visits to Jessica’s forever bed; this time with Nanny, who was staying with us for the weekend. We brought Jessica some pretty flowers and Sophie had a wander around the nearby labyrinth and made herself a magic wand from a stick and some leaves from the beech tree that Jessica sleeps beneath.
A lovely afternoon at Chiltern Open Air Museum for their Gardens Day. We enjoyed wandering around the various gardens on site. Sophie had fun making a nosegay, tasting peas and potting up a feverfew plant to take home. We also found a four-leaf clover near the playground (although one leaf had been partially nibbled by something).
Sophie also enjoyed getting a closer look at several beautiful moths who were quite happy sitting on her hand for a while before they were released. The one that looks like a twig is a buff tip moth. In the second photo she is also holding a white ermine moth and I think the other two are dark arches.
We also saw a poplar hawk moth, a common emerald moth and a scorched wing moth.
Sophie enjoyed making a bug hotel for our garden using a plant pot filled with bamboo canes, bark, sticks and moss.
We combined our #30DaysWild learning with some French learning today and made some minibeast flashcards:
snail – un escargot
dragonfly – une libellule
bee – une abeille
butterfly – un papillon
ladybird – une coccinelle
ant – une fourmi
beetle – un scarabée
worm – un ver
For our final day of #30DaysWild, we headed out to the garden to collect leaves, daisies, buttercups and fallen rose petals and used them to make some flower fairy pictures.
Did you join in with #30DaysWild this year?