After the ridiculously hot and humid weather of last week we have been treated to some thick grey cloud and near constant rain this week. Tuesday saw me feeling absolutely exhausted, which was off as it was the first night in a long time I had had a good nights’ sleep. I reverted to tired grumpy mum mode so decided that, regardless of the weather, we would get out on Wednesday for a walk.
The children are pretty good at walking and will walk a reasonable distance without too much moaning, however Miss E is only 28 ish months old so she can have her moments when she is tired and wants to be carried. If I wasn’t pregnant I’d take the carrier with me but I just can’t carry her at the moment so instead I encourage her to walk as much as possible.
I decided we would go on a ‘nature hunt’. We did something similar in the autumn and the children had great fun collecting the various things so I wanted something similar for the summer. I plan to do some stuff with the children around identifying different types of trees, but if I am honest that is just a little too taxing for me to learn too at the moment, so it will be something we look out more next spring I suspect (if anyone can suggest some books to take with us that would be great!). I printed off the Woodland Hunt Checklist from twinkl and a Summer Nature Walk sheet
Thankfully the weather stayed dry – hurrah – and it was almost sunny at times! We headed to Chadkirk which is one of my favourite places locally to explore.
Before we set off we had a chat about the two sheets and the things we were going to look for and Mr D was very excited to realise he could quickly tick off ‘path’ as we were walking along a path! They didn’t find all the things on the sheet but found maybe half of them. It was a good opportunity to get them thinking about the things they could see and hear as well.
They loved telling me the things that they’d found from their woodland hunt checklist as well as the things that they could hear.
The Summer Nature Walk sheet is one that they needed my help to complete. It asks the children four questions – what they can smell, what they can see, what they can feel and what they can hear. They were very excited to tell me they could hear the sheep baaing and the magpies chattering.
When we headed over the river we talked about how fast it was flowing as well as the noise that the water made as it rushed along. Mr D was keen to go paddling, which we would do usually, but in my rather large state I wasn’t confident of making it down to the edge of the river and back up again, plus the water was particularly fast flowing today – in part I suspect due to the sheer volume of water we have had the past couple of days. Whilst it would have been safe for them to paddle, realistically I’m not able to react as quickly as normal if they had slipped so instead we watched the river flow underneath the bridge and headed over to the meadow to feel the bark of the trees and look at the bees buzzing around.
This was a lovely way to get out and about for an hour or so and to provide a bit of incentive to keep walking for Miss E. Mr D was upset that we didn’t spot all the things on the checklist but I think I’m going to have a couple of this printed out ready for us to use in future. There are a variety of different hunt checklists and I’ve included links below to some that might be of use.