The Great Outdoors!

We haven’t really had a theme this week. I have been back to work this week after the Easter hols, so I was focused on that and not on how to spend my ‘days off’ (not that time with a toddler is really ‘off’)! This week, we have mainly been out enjoying the beautiful sunshine we’ve been having! We spent pretty much all of Tuesday in friend’s gardens or our own, getting covered in mud, water, sand and loving it!

At the weekend we visited Mead Open Farm with some family and while we were there we signed up with the RSPB. While I support what the RSPB are doing, I have to admit this was a totally selfish membership! For signing up we were given: a stuffed hedgehog for T; a bug house (which I’d been thinking about buying for ages); a ‘nature discovery pack’ binder full of kid-friendly outdoors activities for each season; and a magazine each for us and for T, which will continue to be sent to us bi-monthly. We had a flick through the binder this week and decided to make ‘bird kebabs’. T loved it!

We made bird feeders from chunks of apple and cheese, and raisins.
We made bird feeders from chunks of apple and cheese, and raisins.
Thread them on to garden wire - great fine motor development!
Thread them on to garden wire – great fine motor development!

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Admittedly the birds don’t seem to have noticed they’re there yet but there’s still time, right?! It was a good way to use up the green apples ASDA substituted this week, since we don’t like them! As an added bonus, the RSPB included a page of ‘we did it!’ stickers to use as you complete each activity and I defy anyone to find a toddler who doesn’t like stickers?!

We’ve been digging the veg. patch recently in preparation for growing some veg. this spring and summer. We bought a few packets of seeds, as well as some small plants. We’ve never grown from seed before so this is very much an experiment! But T and I spent part of Wednesday morning planting seeds in seed trays. We’re hoping to grow carrot, courgette and beans.

We had fun looks at the different seeds, feeling them and discussing their different sizes!
We had fun looking at the different seeds, feeling them and discussing their different sizes!

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We had a few seeds leftover so I gave T a few pots and some compost and let her go crazy. I think we have some of every seed in each pot! Maybe we’ll grow a new species!

We’ve also been out on my bike this week – a rare occurrence – and hung out in Richmond Park, making dens, being the King of the castle (who says girls can’t be Kings?!), climbing logs and learning that it’s best not to pick stinging nettles. We’re so lucky to live close to this beautiful space!

Photographic evidence!
Photographic evidence!

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So while we didn’t have any intended theme this week…I think the theme became ‘outdoors’! Hope you’ve been enjoying the start of Spring too!

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6 Comment

  1. It’s so lovely to start getting outdoors again in the sunshine! I’m also trying my hand at growing from seed for the first time – I’ve been amazed to see the little seedlings popping up! Fingers crossed for yours – it seems they’re more reliable than I expected – I have more than I can plant! #Happydays

    1. beccatooth says: Reply

      Yes I think I could end up in that position too – we’ve definitely planted more seeds than we need seedlings! Oh well…some to give away if I can find any takers!

  2. We have been growing veggies from seed too! Although I’m not sure my carrots are going to survive after Little N decided to “help” with the digging haha! I’d love to know if the birds eventually liked the kebabs you made as it looks like it would be fun to try. Thanks for linking up to #HappyDaysLinky x

    1. beccatooth says: Reply

      Haha, yes I have told T that we have to be very gentle with the seeds because they are tiny babies! The bird feeders have gone down reasonably well, we’ve had a few blue tits and coal tits, but the squirrel has enjoyed them the most! One good thing about these is that the crows and jackdaws haven’t shown any interest-when we made fat balls they were gone in no time!

  3. Ah we have been to Mead Open Farm, not in ages though. I really need to get down to a farm in the next month or so, the girls keep asking! Glad you had a good week. Thank you for sharing in #HappyDaysLinky x

    1. beccatooth says: Reply

      Bocketts farm is another great one but we tend to go most often to city farms as they are the perfect size for a toddler and free!

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