#30DaysWild Day 16 – A stroll through the deep dark wood

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Last year we made a point of reading of Julia Donaldson’s The Snail and the Whale as part of our #30DaysWild activities, a title that never ceases to inspire wanderlust in me and remind me of how big and wide and varied and awesome our planet Earth is.  And it’s a lovely reminder of how even the miniest of us can make a difference.

GruffaloThis year we chose her much loved character The Gruffalo to read about as part of June’s challenge.  I like to think of it as a vegetarian polemic as, in the end, only nuts were harmed in the writing of the story but my children probably just like its forest setting, rhyming and fun repetitous narrative, meeting animals such as mouse, fox, owl, snake and the imaginative Gruffalo and that, whilst the miniest creature in this wood probably isn’t really the scariest, it can definitely be the smartest.

It also reminded me of when We all went on a Gruffalo hunt during last year’s 30 Days Wild too.  If you’re looking for some off the page fun with Julia Donaldson’s characters this year then take a look at the Forestry Commission to see if one of their Highway Rat forest trails is taking place in a woods near you and then click on over to Eva’s review Alice Holt Forest – The Highway Rat Activity Trail on Captain Bobcat to find out what’s in store for you if there is.

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#30DaysWild Day 15 – Tree circle

TWT 30 Days Wild_countdown_15IMG_1971A day of going from one group and appointment to another but we just managed to squeeze in a dance with a circle of trees too.

Mini ones may always keep you on the go but they can also good for slowing you down and reminding you to enjoy your surroundings too.

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Peppa’s adventure proves great fun for all

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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 – Days 11, 12 & 13

TWT 30 Days Wild_countdown_11Day 11 – Talking a walk

Since Luke started school in September and we were unable to get a local school space I’ve been driving the school run nearly every day and not walking nearly as much as I used to and, most of the time, I miss it.  Today logistics determined that Daddy Malpi had the car for the nursery, school and work run and I got to revisit the pathways I used to use daily for some very welcome fresh air.

 

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IMG_1846One of my favourite things about being a mummy is the chance to see the world anew through your children’s eyes and I’m loving Faith’s interest in everything at the moment including reaching out from the sling to feel any stray branch or leaf.  The tree’s foliage isn’t always as intact as prior to having its twigs shaken by her hand but I hope they feel some of the warmth of her wonder at their existence.

 

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IMG_1883To try and combat some of her hypermobility and give her ankles extra support for standing, Faith can currently be seen sporting some lovely little pink boots whilst we wait for an orthotics appointment.  They are very cute and are obviously helping but it also seems slightly cruel in the heat and as she still uses her feet a lot like a second pair of hands so today we made time for her to feel the grass tickle between her toes.

 

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#30DaysWild Day 10 – Open Farm Sunday

TWT 30 Days Wild_countdown_10Today we were some of the hundreds of thousands of people taking advantage of LEAF Open Farm Sunday’s opportunity to discover the work that goes into producing our food.

OFS_LogIn 2016 we visited Uncle Henry’s in Grayingham but today, lured by the promise of pond dipping with Lincolnshire Chalk Streams Project, we headed to Sutton Estates in Stainton le Vale.

The pond dipping was enjoyed twice, once on the way in and again on the way back to the car and our minis were interested to spot the truly mini creatures including freshwater shrimp, water hog louse and water boatman.

But there was also lots more on offer to visitors to the event near Market Rasen.  Log cutting demonstrations, grass seed head making, toilet lucky dips, mini tractor rides, big tractor rides, machinery to explore, police van investigating, flipping frogs, sausage making and, of course, ice cream eating.

The very efficiently and exactly laid out rows of crops may not be particularly wild but, as part of its role as custodians of the countryside, the farm also devotes significant sized borders across its estate to creating habitats and supporting wildlife.

HillAnd there was even a handily located slope just by the side of the field used for car parking, perfectly placed for our wild ones.  For what day out in the countryside would be complete without the chance to roll down and run up a hill repeatedly despite any previous protestations of supposedly tired legs?

Next Year’s LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) Open Farm Sunday will take place on Sunday, June 9th, 2019.  Find out more at https://farmsunday.org/ 

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#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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