Having a trail to follow or things to look out for always makes a walk more interesting. Little legs never seem to tire quite as quickly when there are things to do and see. A rainbow nature hunt is a fun way of encouraging children to notice all the different colours that nature has to offer.
Setting up the rainbow nature hunt was very simple. I coloured some squares on a piece of white cardboard in rainbow colours. I then popped some glue dots in my bag so we could stick the items we found to each colour.
The Temple Gardens in Langley Park is one of our favourite places for a walk. I was hopeful that we would manage to find all our colours there – especially there were still some rhododendrons in bloom. The walks around the garden are also a nice length for Jessica to manage without needing her buggy.
The rhododendrons were long past their best. However, there were still some fallen blooms in a few of the colours we were looking for. The girls spotted some purple ones first, followed by pink. They were so busy focusing on all the different colours that it was a while before they noticed all the green and brown around them too!
The girls took a short break from their hunt when we got to our favourite tree. Jessica always loves to try and climb it and the low branches are perfect for this.
The girls managed to find nine of the colours on their sheet without too much difficulty. Finding something blue was a struggle though. They were almost about to give up and go with “the sky” for blue when we spotted some forget-me-nots.
Jessica and Sophie both loved their rainbow nature hunt. Having something to look out for certainly helped Jessica to walk further than normal. We ended up walking nearly two miles in our wanderings around the garden. She was tired out by it though so I wasn’t surprised when she fell asleep in the car on the way home!
This year we’re taking part in #30DaysWild – a challenge from the Wildlife Trusts to get outside each day in June, do something wild and connect with nature.