Yesterday I took my own two children out for a walk armed with a bag to collect any treasures we might find. What we didn’t expect was just how many different type of wild flowers were out and how overgrown some of our favourite paths were.
We’re so lucky to have this amazing bit of land right on our door step and my Little Tots love to explore it all year round as it’s fascinating to see how it changes through the seasons. Today we spotted so many different types of flowers that we plan to go back next time with a book so we can identify what they are as unfortunately if it’s not a daisy or dandelion I can’t tell you what it is!
It didn’t take long for Jack to pick up on the fact that his sister was collecting things in her bag and he really enjoyed helping to pick things to add to it and just wanted to touch and explore everything. I had to keep steering him away from the stinging nettles though which his sister is a pro at spotting.
The crops in the farmers field that form part of this walk change several times over a year so we never know what we’re going to see. Last year there was lots of cabbages and cauliflowers but this year half look like corn and the other half was a beautiful purple flower that had grown really tall and made a beautiful sea of purple.
We were really surprised to see that blackberries had already starting coming out and we think they might be ready early this year. There’s so many blackberry bushes in this area but you have to get there quickly and the we often miss out on them due to some very keen local blackberry pickers that pick them by the carrier bag load!
Despite the sun coming out every now and again it was quite chilly when it went in and even rained lightly a few times which seems typical of the weather these past few weeks. I forgot to pack jackets not that these two minded though and were quite happy to carry on playing and exploring in the rain.
At the end of our walk we come to a large green field that we always stop for a drink and snack at. There’s no park here but Georgia has always called it “field park” and is always so excited to visit. I think it’s something about the big green open space that appeals to the Little Tots as sometimes we spend hours here and always find so much to do.
On our way back home we were lucky to spot birds digging up worms and both stood very still to watch them….until Jack shouted “birdee!” at the top of his voice. Georgia even took a photo of me as she’s starting to get into photography at the moment.
Once home we set out all our treasures on a tray and talked about the different colours, textures and smells before turing them into a Nature Collage. I think we’ll be back next week with some of the other Little Tots for another Collecting Wild Flowers Nature Walk as they really did get so much out of this.
Learning & Development:
Taking the little ones out to explore local woodland is part of my commitment to practicing Forest Childcare as a childminder. It also offers so many learning opportunities that they won’t have even realised which is one of the reasons I love bringing them here.
- Physical Development – fine motor skills (picking flowers / grass), gross motor skills (running, walking, squatting)
- Maths – counting steps / flowers / sticks /stones, spotting patterns and shapes in the environment
- Expressive Arts & Design – talking about the colours and textures of the wild flowers
- Understanding the World – watching what animals do, noticing detailed features of the environment, talking about growth and decay over time.
Have you got a favourite place to explore with your little ones? We’d love to hear about it.