Another random spot by Baobao today, an ant's nest in Waitrose carpark. She is starting to get a keen eye for spotting nature making it's home in the city.
Friday, 23 June 2017
Thursday, 22 June 2017
Today's 30 Days Wild experience was doing tree rubbings in the park. We brought paper and crayons. Baobao really enjoyed choosing the trees and seeing the features appear on the paper.
Wednesday, 21 June 2017
As it's the summer solstice, we would have loved to have seen the dawn, but dawn wakings are not for our toddler. She prefers a little more sleep. So instead, we made imprint decorations to go on the tree on our nature table, by pressing leaves and feathers into air drying clay.
|Baobao pressed a feather that we found into her clay|
|Then she pressed a leaf into another piece|
Monday, 19 June 2017
Sunday, 18 June 2017
We've been singing some lovely wild nursery rhymes today. If you want to add a little wildness to your day with song, here are some nice ones to try
Five Little Speckled Frogs
Five little speckled frogsSat on a speckled logEating the most delicious grubs (yum yum)One jumped into the poolWhere it was nice and coolThen there were four green speckled frogs (glub glub)Four...Three...Two...One...
A Hedgehog is Very Prickly
A hedgehog is very pricklyA hedgehog is very pricklyA hedgehog is very pricklyIt couldn't be anything else
A fish is very slipperyA fish is very slipperyA fish is very slipperyIt couldn't be anything else
A frog is very jumpyA frog is very jumpyA frog is very jumpyIt couldn't be anything else
A snake is very wrigglyA snake is very wrigglyA snake is very wrigglyIt couldn't be anything else
Peter Rabbit has a fly upon his nosePeter Rabbit has a fly upon his nosePeter Rabbit has a fly upon his noseSo he flipped and he flapped itAnd the fly flew away
Floppy ears and curly whiskersFloppy ears and curly whiskersFloppy ears and curly whiskersSo he flipped and he flapped itAnd the fly flew away
There's a Worm at the Bottom of the Garden
There's a worm at the bottom of the gardenAnd his name is Wiggly WooThere's a worm at the bottom of the gardenAnd all that he can doIs wiggle all day and wiggle all nightThe neighbours say he's a terrible frightThere's a worm at the bottom of the gardenAnd his name is Wiggly Woo
See the bunnies sleepingUntil it's nearly noonLet's see if we can wake themWith a merry tuneWhy so still?Are they ill?Wake up bunniesWake up little bunniesAnd hop hop hopWake up little bunniesAnd hop hop hopHop and stop
Friday, 16 June 2017
With all this focus on nature, and through reading some of our seasonal books, Baobao has become interested in the city and the countryside. So today we too the opportunity to create a scene of the differences.
|Our City, complete with people|
|Some city homes|
|And the countryside, with bugs, animals and much more space|
Thursday, 15 June 2017
We decided to go for a little bit of pretend play for today's random act of wildness. We received these ears from a local library, in promotion of National Bookstart Week. The theme this year is "Let's Explore Outdoors" which ties in perfectly with 30 Days Wild. Baobao spent the whole way to Jelly Tots pretending to be a rabbit, randomly hopping or bursting into song.
Wednesday, 14 June 2017
We explored the flowers outside of our local church group this morning. We thought about what ones are our favourites and why. Baobao liked the dark pink ones, while I prefer the little lilac ones. It was amazing to see how gentle Baobao can be when exploring something and looking at it closely. When she's running around, like the massive bundle of energy she is, it's easy to forget that she has these moments too.
Tuesday, 13 June 2017
We took a wander around our local area today, just looking for 'the urban jungle' - places where plants have grown through in spite of development. It's amazing to see that plants will grow anywhere - on walls, from cracks in pavement, between bricks, out of drains, anywhere. On the other hand, it was disappointing to see how much litter surrounded each plant. We'll definitely do some litter picking as part of 30 Days Wild in the future. when both girls are a little older.
Monday, 12 June 2017
After learning about the ladybird life cycle on Friday, we got to see it in action today. It was Baobao who spotted them. There must have been 20 or so ladybirds emerging from their pupa, with just one larvae that hadn't changed yet and two ladybirds who had already emerged. It was amazing to see.
Here are some of our photos:
|A ladybird larvae looking for a spot to make a pupa|
|Two ladybirds emerging from their pupa|
|And an adult ladybird|
Sunday, 11 June 2017
Our planned wild activity was drawing the wildflowers in the Vestry House Museum Garden, but Baobao disagreed. Instead we came home and learnt about the butterfly lifecycle, using crocheted props from a recent craft swap and the book "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle.
Check it out below:
|Our props for telling the story|
|The caterpillar ate two pears|
|He also ate 5 oranges|
|Then we matched the cocoon|
|And he turned into a beautiful butterfly|
Saturday, 10 June 2017
We spent this evening experiencing the wind. We watched it rustling the leaves in the trees and then allowed it to blow fallen petals and leaves from our hand. Then, just before we went home from Nainai's house, we spotted a fox in the garden next door.
Here are some of our photos:
|Watching the wind in the trees|
|Waiting for the wind to blow|
|We also let the wind blow petals too|
|We chose both brown dried leaves and fresher green leaves|
|Our new friend, the fox living in the abandoned garden next door|
Friday, 9 June 2017
After seeing a ladybird larvae on a leaf yesterday, we decided to learn about the ladybird lifecycle today. We used Kids Growing Strong, to research ladybirds (I read the words and Baobao looked at the pictures) and watched this fantastic video
|Graphics on Kids Growing Strong|
|Then we watched a video|
Thursday, 8 June 2017
We decided to explore the ground today. There are so many plants that you can see close to the ground in your local park. Once again, I was left wishing that Baobao had a magnifying glass. Baobao enjoyed spotting the different flowers and mushrooms, and would tell me not to pick them - flowers because without them the bees would have no food and the mushrooms because we don't know if they are safe.
|Exploring a daisy and clover patch|
|Snails doing what snails do|
|And a ladybird larvae|
|Watching leaves float down the moat in our local park.|