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30 Days Wild Days 28 to 30 Wild Weaving, Leaf Rubbing & Dragonflies

Day 28 Wild Weaving For Day 28 we thought we would have a go at Wild Weaving.  This is usually done on a flat surface with string and then intertwining plant material.     Ours was going to be slightly different by weaving string around the branches of a corkscrew willow.   We had quite […]

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30 Days Wild Days 7 to 9 Natural Paintbrushes, Log Animal Shapes & A Frog

We are joining in the Wildlife Trust’s 30 Days Wild Challenge which runs for all of June. Anyone can have a go just see below to see how easy it is. The Wildlife Trust will send to you a really helpful pack. Day 7 Natural Paintbrushes   We spotted this idea on Pinterest and thought […]

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Leaf Art Activity with Children

        I wanted to share with you a really easy, but effective leaf art activity you can make with children.  Every autumn we collect loads of natural materials with the aim of making all sorts of beautiful crafts.  Sadly it is rare  that we ever make the time to complete the task. […]

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My Garden in December – As 2013 Ends

Hurray hurray at last Jack Frost has worked his magic overnight and the garden looks all white and sparkily.  We have been spoilt over the last few years by having snow and hard frost before Christmas.  This year November and December have been so mild with even a light frost rare.  The weeds are growing […]

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Autumn Leaf Colour Game

We have been outdoors on this lovely dry week, but haven’t ventured far from home.  Just a trip to the local DIY shop and spending time in the garden.  While the garden is full of plop plop plopping sounds of the acorns falling from the oak tree next door there are not too many other […]

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Share Some Local Autumn Colour

I recently sent out a newsletter featuring the Woodland Trust’s Top Ten Woods for Autumn colour. I hoped it would inspire families to get out into the woods this half term. The list certainly got me yearning for a helping of autumn colour. If I am lucky this week I may get to visit one of […]

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What to do with all those Leaves in the Garden

Making Leaf Mould We have been making leaf mould in our garden and have done so for the last couple of years. It is an easy gardening activity for children; one that gets them into the garden in the autumn. Leaf mould is organic and involves no carbon footprint. It is simply a case of […]

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Gardens to Visit with Your Children in October

The Eden Project Cornwall   Thousands of families will currently be thinking about where to go in the autumn half term holiday with their kids. If you live in London, the South East or Scotland there are some great ideas on garden destinations.  The winter garden at Hillier’s garden in Hampshire will be looking particularly […]

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How Green is My Garden?

The foliage in my garden has now all appeared and as usual various shades and hues of green predominate. So we have been playing the matching the shades game. I first saw this played in an outdoor centre in West Yorkshire with some teenagers, but I didn’t see why it wouldn’t work with younger children. […]

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