Outdoor fun

Sophie riding her bike around the park with Walter strapped into the seat behind her

A bear on a bike: fun at the park with the Halo bear

At this month’s Halo group, Sophie was very excited to get to take Walter, the Halo bear home with her. He comes with a little bag, containing his dressing gown,…

Sophie with her doll's pram, wearing her autumn crown

Making an autumn crown on an after-school trip to the park

The evenings have really drawn in now that the clocks have gone back. With it getting dark by 4.30pm, our after-school adventures tend to be restricted to quick trips to…

Sophie standing by the bridge in the arboretum at Langley Park

An autumn nature hunt in Langley Park

With the clocks about to go back, we’ve been trying to get in some after school adventures while we still can. Sophie has been quite keen to go on a…

Thomas leaning on a blue fence and watching the ducks at Herschel Park

Thomas steps out at the park

Watching toddlers learning to walk is such a beautiful thing. Those first little wobbly independent steps, the way they land on their little bottoms and repeatedly get back up again…

Sophie picking red apples from a tree

Simple childhood pleasures – fruit picking

Picking and eating fruit straight from a tree or bush is such a simple pleasure, and one of the magic things about summer and autumn. We’re lucky to have several…

Sophie riding on a yellow Minions aeroplane at the funfair

An afternoon at Pinner Village Show

Sophie and I have been busy with rehearsals for The Sound of Music over the last couple of months. We’re now only a few weeks away from show week. There…

Our mind map with various summer holiday activities written out on it

Planning for summer fun: our summer holidays activities list

At the start of each of the last two summers with Jessica, we sat down and made a list of some of the activities we wanted to do. A mixture…

A toy zebra hiding inside a pot

A garden safari hunt

Sometimes it’s the simplest ideas that make for the most fun. I thought it would be fun to set up an animal safari hunt in the garden for Sophie one…

A bee in the middle of a dog rose

#30dayswild – Week 4

#30DaysWild is now over for this year. We’ve enjoyed taking part in this challenge from the Wildlife Trust to connect more with nature every day in June, joining in with…

Sophie picking strawberries

#30DaysWild – Fruit picking

One of my Christmas presents to my husband last year was a box of envelopes – each labelled with the month that he was to open them. In each of…