My girls, age 5 & 2, had until this Winter, never played in the snow. The last decent snowfall we had, here in the Midlands, was in January 2013, when Banana was around 9 months old. We took her out to touch it and look at her world turned white, but she obviously doesn't remember. … Continue reading Playing in a Winter Wonderland.
This year, I've decided that we're really going to have a good go at the 50 Things to do Before You're 11 3/4s challenge by the National Trust. We've dabbled in the past, and managed to get a few things completed in the Autumn, but I've decided, this year, to make a feature of it … Continue reading Taking on the National Trust’s #50Things Challenge.
A list of the things we plan to accomplish as a family in Winter 2018.
We probably have a fire in our garden most weekends. We love it, especially in the autumn, that smoky, earthy wood scent. The dancing flames, perfectly hypnotic, helping your to unwind and de stress after a hectic week. Amongst other things, Mr W. is a woodworker, so we have lots of wood off cuts to … Continue reading Building a campfire- an exercise in family bonding.
There is something about going out and hunting for natural treasures that really appeals to kids. Despite the simplicity of the activity, children seem to get so excited about searching through the carpet of fallen, crunchy leaves to find that spiky green shell, and ultimately the shiny, regal nut within. Or getting a big stick … Continue reading We’re going on a conker hunt, we’re going to find a big one!
Ok, so anyone who knows me, or reads my blog, knows that I am a huge advocate of playing outdoors, whatever the weather. I very much believe that as long as you and your children are wearing suitable clothing and protection, then there is no need to stay cooped up inside. There is a whole … Continue reading Playing in the Autumn Rain
As we go along through the season I'll be adding the activities that we have completed. By the end of Autumn I will have created a full list of activities. Go apple picking - Here Play in the rain - Here
Hi all, As it's now September, and despite all those protests of people desperately clinging onto the last remnants of a summer that never really materialised, I have decided we'd begin on our Autumn activities. Isn't it just the most beautiful time of year? The golden hues, the low sparkling light, the crunching and cracking … Continue reading Let’s go Apple Picking – Tick.
This year I have discovered the absolute joy that is Community Orchards, and the only thing I don't like is how there aren't more of them around!?! What a wonderful idea; an area that a community jointly prunes and cares for and that everyone benefits from. Fantastic! (I sound like such a lefty! haha!) In … Continue reading Pick Seasonal Fruit (Part 2- Apple Picking) -Tick!
We were blessed with more beautiful September sunshine at the weekend, so we decided to make the most of it and go for a woodland walk to gather some natural materials for an art project. Nature scavenging is the perfect opportunity to discuss the seasons with young children. As we gathered different coloured leaves and … Continue reading Go on a nature hunt – Tick!