In between drizzly drops we made a dash to get out of the house and discover a new natural space.
Not far out of Lincoln city centre, Starmers Pit is a five acre fishing lake that’s right next door to Sainsbury’s. My husband remembers walking around it as a child but I have only previously looked over it from the supermarket cafe.
Good for seeing exposed tree roots, skimming stones and tickling family members with a feather, the minis enjoyed climbing, balancing and scaling the heights of “hills” (known to those with less imagination as small mounds) and it was definitely a much needed escape to some fresh air, open space and lush natural surroundings. It may be surrounded by housing estates and the retail park but, cocooned in the green, we were transported away to a much wilder feel for a short time at least.
In the evening we made a folded paper butterfly following instructions found on Twinkl. Another activity meant to be completed on Day Six and only just realised today but it’s also far from the only butterfly we’ve made during lockdown. Since making one was part of her home learning a few weeks ago, Willow has been very keen to keep making images of the colourful insect in many different ways.
Wearable wings cut from cardboard and decorated with pointillism techniques (to tick two home learning boxes at once), cutting out the shapes from fabric offcuts to decorate a flag, folding an origami butterfly, painting half an outline to fold and create a symmetrical picture, sticking tissue paper on a cut-out outline to create a stained glass effect window hanging, colouring and sticking together the insect’s life cycle and sewing and stuffing a felt Kitty Kay kit have been some of our craftier lockdown activities.
If you can think of any other butterfly crafts we can try then please let us know in the comments below!