Creating nature art at Langley Park

Langley Park is one of our favourite places to go for a walk. The Temple Gardens are the perfect place for some imaginative play and adventures and there are also lots of geocaches to be found.


The girls have recently started bringing their “nature notebooks” with them on our walks. I make sure I have glue dots, washi tape, crayons and pencils in my bag so they can stick and create to their heart’s content using the things they find in the park. Other than restricting it to items that will fit in the book (no pebbles or big sticks!) the girls are free to create.


Jessica with her nature notebook: Creating nature art at Langley Park

We’ve tried doing some bark rubbing first, before moving on to making pictures using leaves and twigs. Sophie was just happy sticking leaves into her book but Jessica enjoyed being a little more creative. I loved the picture of a bird that she made.

Jessica's picture of a bird made with leaves and twigs

There are two places that we always have to visit every time we go to Langley Park. One of them is the playground. The other is the “fairy tree” – a big yew which is perfect for climbing and exploring. It also has lots of natural “slides” for the girls’ toys. This is our favourite tree out of all the trees in the park and the girls will spend ages there, letting their toys slide, investigating the inside of the tree or trying to climb some of the low branches.

Jessica and Sophie sliding their toys down the yew tree

Sophie investigating the yew tree

We stopped off at the café before finishing our visit with a trip to the playground. The café is one of my favourite things about Langley Park. It has a great selection of cakes and the friendliest staff. There are also little chalkboards and a small selection of toys to help keep the children amused.

Jessica and Sophie riding the train in the playground

I have to confess, that I’ve been fobbing the girls off from requesting ice-cream  over the winter by telling them that the ice-cream counter was closed. This time though, they spotted someone else buying ice-cream so that excuse didn’t work!

Sophie eating a bubblegum flavoured ice-cream in the cafe at Langley Park

The girls had a fun afternoon and enjoyed making a start on their nature notebooks. I’m looking forward to seeing what they fill them with over the coming months.

Jessica and Sophie sitting in front of a tree at Langley Park

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  1. March 18, 2017 / 11:12 am

    This is just such a dreamy looking afternoon out and I love your nature books. We have done these with the children staying here and they love collecting things and sticking them in. Somehow I think it acts as a good reminder to them of places, times and events. A very clever bird there too.
    Everywhere should have a fairy tree, I must say this one is full of interest and I can see why the girls are drawn to it’s magic. Langley Park looks like a great place to have close by.

    Thank you for stopping by and sharing at #CountryKids

    • Louise
      March 22, 2017 / 10:49 am

      We’re really enjoying the nature books, especially now that there are new things growing everywhere. The girls know not to pick any flowers but flower heads and petals that have dropped off on to the ground are fine to pick up and stick in. It is a lovely way to remember days out too 🙂

  2. March 18, 2017 / 6:06 pm

    What a nice idea to have some basic craft supplies with you so the girls can create whilst out on their adventures. Mich x #CountryKids

    • Louise
      March 22, 2017 / 10:51 am

      Thank you Mich – the girls enjoy adding to them when we’re out and about 🙂

  3. March 18, 2017 / 10:40 pm

    It’s such a lovely idea to take nature notebooks and craft bits along. I love the look of that ice cream too!

    • Louise
      March 22, 2017 / 10:52 am

      Thank you. The girls love filling them in when we’re out and about. Ice cream is always a winner too! 🙂

  4. March 19, 2017 / 1:16 pm

    Tree bark rubbing sounds like a fab idea to do with kids. Love how happy the kids are always are when outdoors and that blue ice-cream is just the sort of flavour T would go for too 🙂 #countrykids.

    • Louise
      March 22, 2017 / 10:59 am

      It is lovely to see kids having fun outdoors. I love how the nature books add to the fun of getting out and about 🙂

  5. March 19, 2017 / 6:30 pm

    Your bag sounds like mine, it resembles an art classroom!! Soon ours can come back out with us now the weather is improving. It looks like a lovely place to spend some time, and the ice cream has me drooping #countrykidsfun

    • Louise
      March 22, 2017 / 11:01 am

      Having a mini art classroom in a bag sounds like a great idea 🙂

  6. March 20, 2017 / 9:09 am

    Those tree trunks are amazing. Love the idea of the nature books, I might have to borrow that idea. Blue ice cream – who knew! #CountryKids

    • Louise
      March 22, 2017 / 11:01 am

      I have to say I’m not a fan of blue ice-cream myself but the kids love it! 🙂

  7. March 20, 2017 / 9:10 pm

    I love the nature notebook idea. It’s a great way to get them looking out for what’s around them an learning about it. #countrykids

    • Louise
      March 22, 2017 / 11:05 am

      Thanks Emma – there’s certainly plenty for them to look out for at the moment! 🙂

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