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We love winter it is an
excuse to snuggle up inside, watch some films, pig out on all the Christmas
chocolates and biscuits! But I also
love getting the boys outdoors, whatever the weather it helps to tire them out
so we always need a whole host of outdoor family activities to keep them
occupied and out of mischief.
we decided upon a scavenger hunt to have some fresh air, thankfully there was a
reprieve in the high winds so we could approach the activity safely and not be
blown away in the process! There are
plenty of ideas on the Internet to help you with this activity, we used the
template available to download from the Nature
Detectives website, but I also printed a few extra items to find to keep us
going for a while!
also only took any items that had already fallen to the ground rather than take
them direct from the trees and plants.
It was a lovely day for it as the sun came out; we spotted a squirrel
and a bird of prey, so it was a real treat.
We also listened to
the sounds around us, birds chirping, animals rustling and a running stream
then collected a few extra fallen leaves, pine cones and bark to bring home for
an arts and crafts session.
We have more things to see to add to our
next attempt, like wild mushrooms and ferns.
There is so many things to discover when you head outside and a
scavenger hunt is a good way to see the differences in textures and explain how
the change of season effects plants and wildlife.
We intended to come home to a warm hearty soup in case the activity left us frozen
(we had not planned on being blessed with decent weather). Earlier we had headed to our local Co-operative for provisions, the shelves had a fair few empty spaces (I blame the Christmas rush but I do prefer it when a shop looks well stocked!).
There was a healthy discount on the sprouts (but
thankfully as much as hubbie loves them he did not make us eat it in our soup even with 50% off!). Instead we bought leaks, courgettes, suede, carrots, garlic, chicken, lentils and one honorary tomato that youngest begged he needed!
So here is a picture of what we did buy:
Here is what hubbie changed it into! It was a delicious chunky chicken soup packed with vegetables.
After which point we were all ready for bed!