Friday, 23 June 2017

Ants!

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.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Toddler Tree Rubbings

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

Summer Solstice Imprint Decorations

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

A Very Busy Spider

Sometimes we go looking for something wild to see and sometimes, it just finds us. Today our wild act found us. We observed the spider that lives outside of our house, wrapping up a fly in it's web.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

5 Nursery Rhymes for Wild Toddlers


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 frogs
Sat on a speckled log
Eating the most delicious grubs (yum yum)
One jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool
Then there were four green speckled frogs (glub glub)
Four...
Three...
Two...
One...
A Hedgehog is Very Prickly
A hedgehog is very prickly
A hedgehog is very prickly
A hedgehog is very prickly
It couldn't be anything else 
A fish is very slippery
A fish is very slippery
A fish is very slippery
It couldn't be anything else 
A frog is very jumpy
A frog is very jumpy
A frog is very jumpy
It couldn't be anything else 
A snake is very wriggly
A snake is very wriggly
A snake is very wriggly
It couldn't be anything else
Peter Rabbit 
Peter Rabbit has a fly upon his nose
Peter Rabbit has a fly upon his nose
Peter Rabbit has a fly upon his nose
So he flipped and he flapped it
And the fly flew away 
Floppy ears and curly whiskers
Floppy ears and curly whiskers
Floppy ears and curly whiskers
So he flipped and he flapped it
And the fly flew away
There's a Worm at the Bottom of the Garden
There's a worm at the bottom of the garden
And his name is Wiggly Woo
There's a worm at the bottom of the garden
And all that he can do
Is wiggle all day and wiggle all night
The neighbours say he's a terrible fright
There's a worm at the bottom of the garden
And his name is Wiggly Woo
Sleeping Bunnies
See the bunnies sleeping
Until it's nearly noon
Let's see if we can wake them
With a merry tune
Why so still?
Are they ill?
Wake up bunnies
Wake up little bunnies
And hop hop hop 
Wake up little bunnies
And hop hop hop
Hop and stop

Friday, 16 June 2017

City Mouse and Country Mouse


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

Wake up little bunny and hop hop hop

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

Which flower do you like best?

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

Exploring the urban jungle

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

More ladybirds


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

A Very Hungry Caterpillar


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

A leaf in the wind and a new friend from afar


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

Ladybird ladybird....

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

Keep Your Eye Close to the Ground


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.

buttercups
daisies
dandelion
clovers
mushrooms
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.