#30DaysWild Day 29 – Decorate a stone

TWT 30 Days Wild_countdown_29Luke’s school summer fair gave us the opportunity to decorate a stone today and encouraged children to become art ninjas.

“Art Ninjas are a super sneaky fun group of Lincoln people who love making art and love to share it by leaving it for people to find in unexpected places! Art Ninjas aim is to share a smile and spread the power of creativity to connect and inspire the community. No special art skills required just the Art Ninja skills of stealth and kindness.”

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We’ve been lucky enough to spot one or two decorated stones in and around Lincoln in the past few months, now maybe we’ll be able to add ours too.

Click here to find the Lincoln Art Ninjas’ Facebook group.

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#30DaysWild Day 24 – Texture

TWT 30 Days Wild_countdown_24We enjoyed a lovely hot day out at National Trust property Nostell today.

We were very grateful to whoever decided to put their play area in the woodland’s shade but it was in the sun-soaked garden and meadow of the “18th-century architectural masterpiece” that so many different textures caught my eye.

If your minis like spotting different textures in nature then pop over to Pinkoddy and print out Joy’s Nature Trail Checklist for You and Your Little Ones.  With seasonal as well as all-year-round suggestions, her list includes a smooth pebble, a soft feather and a prickly pine needle.

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Celebration of county offers unique experience for all

Lincolnshire Show 2018 and #30DaysWild Day 21

Tractors and animals were the main two things on the minis’ to do list for the Lincolnshire Show 2018.

Having been in previous years, we considered this highly achievable.  Organised by the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society (LAS) at the Showground just north of Lincoln, the Show has its roots in agriculture and, now reaching its 134th event, it’s still firmly at its heart.

The minis were guests of the LAS for the second day of the event that would see horses, cows, sheep, poultry, bees, pigs and more feature in its rings and exhibition tents.

We had a plan, we had a route.

What we didn’t allow for, however, was the lure of a helter skelter.

To be fair, mummy and daddy had already gone slightly off piste when we happened upon the world famous Red Arrows doing a meet and greet ahead of their aerobatic display later in the day but once we’d spiralled down the fairground ride, been spun around on a merry-go-round and bounced about on an inflatable castle we were well and truly disorientated and just decided to see where their little feet would take us next.

And, whilst the amusements were fun, they were richly rewarded by venturing further afield too.

A laser show meant something interesting for all including our miniest one, the two eldest minis enjoyed their caving experience with Lincolnshire Scouts so much they went round the course twice and daddy enjoyed getting up close to the Checkatrade Trophy that we’d seen Lincoln City FC hold aloft at Wembley in April.

The Schools’ Challenge entries had joined in with the Show’s aviation theme marking the centenary of the RAF and children had made their own aeroplane costumes, air raid shelters and Dig for Victory displays.

Luke and Willow tried their hands at resuscitation with St John Ambulance, examined Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue’s equipment, had a go at table tennis with the Positive Futures team and more sporting experiences with Active Lincolnshire and dug for historic artefacts with Heritage Lincolnshire.

And once they (and daddy) discovered the Lego pit inside Lincolnshire County Council’s tent, promoting the Kingdom Lego Brick Show coming to Lincoln Castle in the summer, they was every chance we’d never have got past that area of the Showground.  Fortunately Willow was enamoured by some 1940s singers so we danced our way out to enjoy yet more including the University of Lincoln tent which offered more hands on activities with Luke and Willow asked to consider what they might like to research when they’re older – Lego and sleep were their choices.

TWT 30 Days Wild_countdown_2130DAYSWILD_ID2 lightgreenMummy just managed to squeeze in a visit to the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust tent too for a #30DaysWild activity where, had they not still be uncovering ancient relics with Heritage Lincolnshire, the minis would have found plenty more to keep their busy fingers occupied.  This year the charity’s tent focused on wildflowers and their Heritage Lottery supported project celebrating Lincolnshire’s amazing plants #LoveLincsPlants.

We made it to the land train just in time to stave off any disappointed meltdowns (many thanks to the drivers for letting us on so late) and were dropped off in front of – finally! – the tractors, rounding off the day listening to the marching band in the main ring whilst enjoying rolling down a grassy hill.

We may have only seen some horses, a sheep and a cow from a distance but I think it’s fair to say we had a very full day packed with fun, interesting and educational experiences and left with lots of information on enjoying all our county has to offer all year round.

There is so much on offer at the Show each person will have their own unique experience.  Mummy’s dreaming of the year she can seek out the Lincolnshire gin tents and stroll around the shopping aisles, a year that daddy will be heading straight for the beer tent.  We definitely found out why they say you can’t fit it all in in just one day.  Luke’s school only closes for one day of the Show though, and we’re fortunate in that, so we’ll just have to go again next year instead.

The Lincolnshire Show 2019 will take place on June 19th and 20th.

Peppa’s adventure proves great fun for all

#30DaysWild – Day 14

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I can’t possibly start this review of Peppa Pig Live: Peppa Pig’s Adventure any way other than by saying how much my 17 month old loved it.

At previous shows we’ve taken her siblings to she’s often clapped along with the applause and enjoyed looking at all the lights but then either fed or slept through most of it.

In this morning’s production at the New Theatre Royal however, Faith was fully engaged throughout smiling, giggling, sat forward and focused on the stage, jiggling her body in excitement.

Including an interval it wasn’t a short show either but, as Willow’s first words 10 seconds after the curtain fell were “again, again”, it clearly thoroughly entertained my three year old too who was also a guest of the theatre.

And the delighted noises coming from the other mini audience members as their favourite characters came on stage for the first time in the show that encompasses a range of puppetry techniques meant they certainly weren’t alone in their enjoyment.

As well as Peppa, George, Pedro, Suzy and Gerald, the pre-school favourite was recreated faithfully through the bold colourful set and omniscient voice over.  Black-clad puppeteers maneuvered the smaller characters whilst Daddy Pig, Mummy Pig and Madame Gazelle could contain their actors inside the costumes.  They were joined by Daisy, a new girl starting at their school for her first day and joining them on their school camping trip.

There was, of course, plenty of opportunity for interaction and clapping, singing and dancing along which the young viewers took every advantage of.

Older audience members were equally charmed by the nighttime scene and the fireflies, bats and owls as well as the fun torchlight shadow play.

Water sprays added a delightful 4d theatre experience as a rain shower allowed Peppa and her friends to indulge in their love of jumping in muddy puddles.

I’ve already had several requests to “see show again” but next time can we have Danny Dog and Candy Cat too please?

Find out where else Peppa is performing at Peppa Pig Live!

The next children’s theatre show coming up at the New Theatre Royal in Lincoln is Dinosaur World Live, June 22nd-24th

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30DAYSWILD_ID2 lightgreenThe logistics of the day mean that Peppa and Daisy’s song about enjoying the great outdoors and the characters delight in their camping trip was our #30DaysWild activity of the day and it certainly fuelled my 3 year old’s desire to sleep under canvas again soon. 

#30DaysWild Day 8 – Who’s been eating these leaves?

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Today we spotted lots of holes in leaves in our garden that some hungry caterpillars may have been snacking on.

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Luke’s class have been looking after some caterpillars at school and have just seen them fly away.

Back in May we looked at their transformation cycle as part of his homework.  Luke enjoyed dressing up as The Hungry Caterpillar and re-enacting the story by Eric Carle, curling up as the egg, hatching into a caterpillar, finding a blanket to make his chrysalis with and then finding some wings to become the butterfly.

 

We also read Christopher’s Caterpillars by Charlotte Middleton and Two Little Bugs by Mark and Rowan Sommerset and listened to the Caterpillar Butterfly CD included in the Discover Nature Audio Collection.

And, just at the end of May, we also took a trip to Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre near Sheffield.  We had a lovely day out there although the minis’ enjoyment of the play areas, bike track, fairy village (specific event), other animals, tractor ride, splash zone, ice cream, dinosaur trail and paleontologist’s sand pit dig meant we didn’t actually make it to the butterfly house until nearing the end of the day but we did finally see the winged ones before heading back to the shop.

Looking for a butterfly house further south?  Check out Luschka’s day out at Butterfly and Fountain World, Isle of Wight over on her blog Giving Up Normal

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#30DaysWild Days 6 & 7 – Poo and kite craft

TWT 30 Days Wild_countdown_06What better way to introduce young children to the natural world than via poo?

littlemole.jpgDescribed as “a scatalogical masterpiece”, The Story of the Little Mole who knew it was none of his business by Werner Holzwarth and Wolf Erlbruch has long been a favourite in our house and was the day’s choice of after school reading.

Will the mole solve the mystery of just which animal decided to “do its business” on his head?  He’ll certainly learn that poo comes in all shapes and sizes along the way.

 

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I loved today’s activity because Willow decided on it and did it (to use her favourite phrase) “all by myself”.

Never far from our craft stash on any given day she combined stickers and crepe paper to make a “kite” and enjoyed running around to help it fly in the wind.

 

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