Friday, 6 April 2018

Our Spring Park Activity

Yesterday was such a lovely day that we just had to make sure we spent some time outside. With not planning anything we couldn't go too far. So we decided just to go to our local park around the corner. Problem is, we have been to that park a million times before. So I thought of a plan to make our walk a little more interesting. 

I decided that we could make a list of things to go searching for while on our walk at the park. So I sat down with Lily and we discussed things that we may find at the park in the spring.

Lily came up with some good ideas, leaves on tree's, grass, flowers, squirrels, birds. But she did also add a few strange ones that I wasn't quite sure we would find at the park, such as pigs and a whale?
I also helped her and we added some more spring related things, like daffodils, butterflies and blossom tree's. 




So when we got the the park we got out our list and Lily took a good look at it. A few things on the list were really easy to spot. We had sunshine, and we had grass which we ticked off our list straight away. Our next thing we looked for was daffodils, and we were lucky to find lots of them. Lily said they were flowers, which I said that yes they are but they are a special Spring flower called a daffodil. 




We then set off walking in the direction of the playground. On our way we were looking out for birds, and Lily also reminded me that we needed to see if we could find any pigs. For some reason this seemed to be top of her list of things to find. 

Soon enough we spotted some birds hopping around on the floor. I asked Lily to be quiet as we could also hear some whistling in the tree's and so we looked up to spot them. One thing we noticed is that there isn't many tree's with leaves on yet. But we did find some, so we could cross them off our list too. 

We got to the playground and Lily instantly found the swings, another one ticked off the list. This is where we took a break from finding things on our list and had some playground fun. 



After a good half an hour on the playground. We set off back walking around our park. It is actually quite a big park to walk around and there is lots of wildlife to see. Soon enough we spotted a squirrel. It was moving very fast through and quickly ran up a tree. But we spotted it so we could tick that off our list.

Now just to find, flowers, an apple tree, ducks, a butterfly, blossom tree, cats, bee's, and a pig and a whale. 


The park does have a stream but I was very doubtful we would see a whale swimming in it. 



Unfortunately there was no friendly neighbourhood cat wandering in the park, and we only spotted lots of dogs and there was no ducks paddling in the stream. Also we only spotted a small amount of flowers which looked like they had just popped up, so there was no sign of bee's or butterflies either. So we got to the end of the walk and gave up on finding the rest of the list and headed home. On the way home Lily told me that we didn't find pigs because you find pigs on a farm and then sang me a whole verse of old Macdonnald had a farm. 



It was a lovely walk and so nice to talk about the things we spotted and what things we see in spring. I think we shall have to do this again when their are more flowers out and the blossom tree's come out. 

Would you do this Activity with your child?

What things do you think your child would add to their list? 






Country Kids

24 comments:

  1. It's always nice and refreshing in the spring just looking at your pictures makes me want to take a deep breath..... Is this normal 😂

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  2. Yes, absolutely. Love visits to the park. Also lovely to have a chat with the children. Great way to learn and have fun.

    Rachel Craig

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  3. What a good idea writing a list of things to find. Looks like you had a lovely time at the park.

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  4. Oh bless Lily! Shame you didn't see sone things but imagine how wonderful it will be to do this in the summer! Looks like you had a wonderful time x

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  5. Sounds like you had a good time

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  6. love trips to the park especially in spring,hope Lilly was not too disappointed that she did not see a Pig

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  7. looks like a lovely spring day out.

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  8. Haa haa, love that she was hoping to find a whale in the stream - maybe she got it from the Center Parcs advert

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  9. Lovely photos.

    Rachel Craig

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  10. Such a lovely idea - I will definitely be doing this!
    Alex Telford

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  11. Path, dog, people, bins.

    Rachel Craig

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  12. We should be getting outdoors more now that the weather is bright and milder.

    Rachel Craig

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  13. Simple pleasures! Park and a walk in the Spring, what could be better for little ones. #CountryKids

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  14. Just wanted to let you know there is no apostrophe in bees or trees - just letting you know as your blog is about learning - meant kindly!

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  15. I'm so glad we are starting to see an improvement in the weather. It's amazing how by making a list the whole park looks different, great idea #countrykids

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  16. This is such a lovely way to rediscover somewhere you know so well and I love the list you chose, even with a few unusual additions! We usually do some form of nature hunt here at Coombe Mill with the children around the farm each week, it does make them look at the farm quite differently when tasked with a list. You could even try collecting a few things next time and making something with them, a journey stick or a crown perhaps, these are favourites here.

    What a beautiful farm to have close by and a lovely way to enjoy it.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CoutnryKids

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  17. We love a good scavenger hunt and getting the children to help choose what to search for is a great idea. Shame about the pig and the whale!! I love the things that little minds dream up #CountryKids

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  18. It's always lovely to do spotter sheets and discover what's on your favourite walk. Love your daughter's imagination. #countrykids

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  19. Springtime is a Wonderful Time of the year.

    Rachel Craig

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  20. You’re a genius! I can’t believe I’ve never thought of this in my 8 years of being a mum. I’m totally going to make a list tomorrow if it doesn’t rain x

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  21. What a lovely idea and such fun for the children too.

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  22. Spring, a time of year when the flowers come into bloom. Which can be Beautiful.

    Rachel Craig

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