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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.