#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 second week of taking part in #30DaysWild this year:
Day 10 – A few moments of dancing in the rain after school.
Day 11 – We’ve been learning a little bit about spiders and how strong their webs are. Sophie had fun making her own spider web and a little pompom spider to go with it. I also put new cotton wool and cress seeds in her egg because I somehow managed to kill the cress that had started to grow there. Hopefully the next lot will survive!
Day 12 – We took a closer look at the wildflowers growing along the verges on the way to the shops. Sophie spotted pink field bindweed and purple wood cranesbill flowers. She had fun hiding under her umbrella in the long grass (yes, she is under that umbrella!). After we got home, we picked a few more of the wild strawberries and the first of the raspberries that are now starting to ripen.
Day 13 – Making a “petal monster” using pressed flower petals and leaves and googly eyes.
Day 14 – A nature hunt is a nice simple and quick activity. Friday afternoons are our busy time but we managed a quick hunt in the garden for a small leaf, a big leaf, something pink, something brown and something yellow.
Day 15 – Going fruit picking at a local farm. We picked strawberries and gooseberries. Also took some of the roses from the garden to Jessica.
Day 16 – Sun-printing with leaves and flowers; making gooseberry fool with the gooseberries we picked yesterday and picking raspberries and wild strawberries in the garden.