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winter woodland colours

outdoors

Most of the nature this Winter seems to have been of the very wet and cold variety. Trying to motivate small children to spend their afternoons on walks requires some planning, bribery or invention.

Throughout the year there is a wealth of interesting things to find along our routes to keep them happy and moving, so we play a game of nature treasure hunt. The boys complete, or work together to find various items that we call out.

As the seasons change so do the colours of the woodlands, commons and gardens that we walk around. There may be less things to find, but that doesn’t mean that they are devoid of wildlife or interest.

reedsOn the days when the sun is shining and the skies are blue, the contrast in colours is really exciting.

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Mammasaurus and How Does Your Garden Grow?

muddy puddles in the common

outdoors

Throughout the Summer and Autumn we went out into the woods and commons several times a week to look at the trees and plants and to get some fresh air. Since December we haven’t managed to get out too much as it seems like it has rained the whole time.

With a nice break in the weather this weekend we headed to a local common for a walk and to soak in some sun. As the ground was really wet we booted up and wrapped up warm. pyrfordDuring the recent storms very few of the really big trees were blown down, but with the continuously wet ground many of the birches were not so lucky, which made for fun obstacles.

pyrford fallen treesWith all of the rain that we have had has one benefit that the boys like; muddy puddles. Although some of them were a little too deep and they needed a helping hand.

An old tree stump provided some respite from the mud and an excuse to climb something.

Animal muppet hat face

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