One of my happiest memories from the last summer we had with Jessica was watching her and Sophie play in the river at Denham Country Park with a friend. We’d brought a little pond dipping kit with us and Jessica had a go with it but we didn’t really find anything. I made a mental note back then to book the girls in to one of the river dipping sessions at a later date. Sadly, we never managed to do it with Jessica, but when I spotted there was a session during February half-term, I knew that Sophie would enjoy it.
The sessions cost £4 per child, with accompanying adults going free. At the start of the session, the leader showed the children how to hold their net in the water, facing downstream and swivel from side to side to disturb the riverbed and encourage the mini water beasts into their nets. Sophie quickly got the hang of it!
She then carried her net over to the water trays and carefully emptied it into one of them ready to see what she had caught. There were some sheets to help us identify the different creatures we might see.
Sophie was more interested in heading back to the water though for the fun of trying to catch some more creatures!
I wasn’t very good at managing to identify the mini water beasts we found. We did find some shrimp and some mayfly nymphs though.
Sophie enjoyed taking a closer look through the magnifier to see what was swimming around in the trays. She also tried to see if she could use a spoon to catch one of the creatures to get a closer look. They were very good at getting away from her though!
After the children had finished river dipping, we went back inside the visitor centre to make a paper plate fish. This was a craft that I enjoyed doing with the girls a few years ago. Sophie would have been a bit young to remember it though! She had fun making her paper plate fish this time without needing any help from me. It is lovely to watch her create more independently now.
The children’s play area at Denham Country Park is a good one. There are lots of things for the children to climb and explore, and the sand pit is always lots of fun. Another place where I have some very happy memories of the girls having fun together.
It is lovely to see how Sophie’s confidence has really grown when it comes to exploring play areas. She had no problem getting to the top of the climbing net and had a wonderful time climbing and exploring.
Visiting Denham Country Park – what you need to know:
Denham Country Park
Denham Court Drive
Opening times and parking:
There is a pay and display car park. Opening times vary throughout the year. For more information click here.