I was asked yesterday if I’d like to feature as a guest blog on Little Acorns website. They are an online shop selling nice open-ended wood toys. Lots of nice toys for young minds to explore. They are looking to feature several dad’s blogs about 30 days wild and they asked if they could feature my Ladybird Maths blog. So, it’s up on their site. It’s nice to know the blogs are being read and even nicer that people feel there worth sharing.
For tea earlier in the week we made our own pizzas with bases we got from the eco pantry at Alice’s nursery. They’ve carried on opening it during lockdown with social distancing in place. The eco pantry gets given food from the supermarkets that for various reasons isn’t going to be sold. It’s either about to go out of date or the labels were done wrong or they’ve just got too much of something. It would contribute to the problem of food waste. So for a pound a visit we get to choose 7 items. These schemes are massively useful for helping the environment as it means perfectly good food doesn’t go to waste, so more food doesn’t need to be sold in its place.
Alice enjoyed the process of making it though she was fussier about eating it.
Then we started yesterday with a quick craft job. We had a pile of circles left from our fish plates and I’d mentioned we could make a very hungry caterpillar.
Then Alice decided she wanted to make a chrysalis and draw a butterfly.
A nice little picture.
Then as the rain was looking like it would hold off and the wind had died down we made it out for a walk. We found a delightful little hoverfly straight out the door on the ferns.
On the walk to the park, we spotted plenty of wildflowers in the wall that borders the park.
Ivy leaved toadflax scrambling along the wall.
I think this is yellow cordalis, a member of the poppy family.
And a tiny Asplenium scolopendrium in the wall.
One of the activities I’d had at the back of mind for 30 days wild was to play stick wands and we found a perfect stick as we entered the park.
The meadow area is still in full buttercup glory mode.
There are still lots of ladybird larvae to be found.
And a few moved onto pupa.
The den area had been moved around a bit again and Alice decided she was going to make potions with the grass seed heads.
Then using a bit of florist wire we added a few found items to her wand.
And she cast lots of spells.
Across the bigger of the fields a sea fret was blowing in. Possibly as a result of Alice’s spells and potions.
Back at home we looked at adding to the wand from the craft box. A bit of ribbon, a flower hair slide and some string around the handle for ease of grip.
A pretty snazzy wand.