30 Days Wild – Day 15 – When my 4 year old had a Different Idea…

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Hello people of the world. The aunties were gone and we were feeling a bit sad. The day was nearly over, just enough time for some Random Acts of Wildness in the garden. Having attempted a bit of Bark Rubbing we thought we’d try some leaf rubbing. Initially all was well..

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Zori is looking so pleased with her choice of leaf!

Leaves were collected….smiles were had.

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Munashe got stuck in. But after a couple of attempts his enthusiasm waned. Either leaf rubbing is quite tricky or our cheap crayons are really bad. Zori spent the next half an hour chattering away loudly and telling herself stories. Munashe was tearing around the garden on his scooter attempting some tricks. I then discovered leaf rubbing can be rather therapeutic!

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Zori was still chattering away and Munashe had some new idea. I’ve never heard of this one before…

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DSC02104Munashe has a very active imagination and in nature it seems that creativity can really thrive.

So lets get rid of all those toys. We can give our children a pile of leaves, a pile of stones, some twigs and some mud and watch their imagination grow. Ha Ha not quite sure we are ready to get rid of the toys. But its food for thought! I would love to hear your thoughts…

Sarah 🙂

Day 4 – 30 Days Wild – Why it took over 2 hours to walk home from Nursery

TWT 30 Days Wild_countdown_04I was very pleased with myself, this morning as I made these…

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Homemade firelighters

They are firelighters for this weekends trip to a tree house. They are made from corrugated card rolled up, stuffed in a toilet roll and a bit of cotton wool stuffed in the middle. I’ve heard lint from the tumble dryer is very effective but not having a tumble dryer, hopefully the cotton wool will work just as well.

I’m hoping Munashe doesn’t see that I’ve finished the supply of toilet rolls. This morning he was telling me he wanted to make them into houses! Maybe when the supply has increased we will make them into something WILD. Any ideas?

Our trek back from nursery (which takes 40 minutes on a good day) took us two and a half hours!!

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The detour wasn’t to go through unexplored wild terrain but to the local Coop for some chocolate. I’d been having craving all day and since going WILD all this week we just haven’t done grocery shopping!

After the chocolate stop it was back into the woods on our usual route home, but instead of me focused on getting home we stopped off for a spot of bark rubbing.

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And then found a long stick.

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There’s a great book called ‘The Stick Book’ (fiona danks and jo schofield) which has lots of different ideas of what you can do with a stick. The photos are great too. Great for kids.

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Zori examining a tree trunk!

My young sprogs do get distracted easily on the walk home, so when I am encouraging them in their distractions time certainly does fly away. Zori then found some bars and did a spot of exercising.

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Then I can see our house and I’m desperate to get inside for a cup of tea. Zori turns round, points and shouts ‘Cat’ and runs in the opposite direction. ‘Your going the wrong way’ I shout as I chase after her. To her she’s not running the wrong way, she’s running the right way towards the cat. Agghhh!

Finally we get home, Munashe goes to find his Minibeast spotting chart (unprompted) and crosses off the three finds of the day. A spider, an ant and a ladybird. Now where to find that snake???

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Munashe said today “Zori really likes being outside”. I think they are really enjoying all this WILDNESS and long may they have the opportunity to experience the great outdoors.