This week explore outdoors adventure was looking for fairy homes. We have been watching Tinkerbell on Disney this week and J discovered that Fairies lived in Mushrooms so as the weather has been so mild in the UK I suspected that we would be able to find some in our local woodland.

It has started to turn a little bit colder here in the UK but still no sign of the white stuff so I would guess that in other parts of the world this would be an autumn activity.

If you decide to do this activity please be aware that some mushrooms have toxic spores that can affect the skin and DO NOT allow children to touch, eat or play with the mushrooms as although many may look like the mushrooms that we eat it is difficult to tell them apart. I used the camera to take pictures of the mushrooms so that J and I could look at them closely by zooming in to them.

To get to our local park is only a short walk but as J is still not road safe and I’m pushing or carrying T we’re using a backpack set of reigns to help in case he decides to take a run. As we walk along the road I get him to hold my hand but also have the reign lead as a safety harness around my hand to be safe (this may not be for everyone but as I found out when I didn’t use them and the push chair started to roll away it’s safest for us at the moment). J loves his back pack and asks for it on – he puts a snack, drink and toy in it most times before we head out.

Toddler Leading an explore outdoors
J trying to get me to put away the camera

After getting to the park it is safe to let J run around so we let him take charge and lead the way – He kept saying “We’re looking for a My Room, we’re looking for a My Room” very loudly as we walked around the park and woods looking for some mushrooms.

Fungus picture
Our first mushroom that we found

Above is our first mushroom that I spotted – J was a little unconvinced that this was indeed a mushroom and we almost had a “Whatever Mummy” moment which I’m fairly sure will happen soon, but he eventually decided that it maybe a mushroom as “Mummy knows” and was interested in the way it looked. J doesn’t like to touch things at the moment so I didn’t have problems pulling him away from touching the mushroom but please see the warning above – instead I took the photo and we looked at the picture on the camera screen and I zoomed in to look at it in more detail with J.

Fungus 2
Our 2nd mushroom

We carried on with our walk to find Fairy homes and J quickly found this set of mushrooms which he declared to the gentleman walking his dog “Look My room”. He had no problem identifying these as mushrooms and he decided that there was a mummy fairy, a dad fairy and a baby fairy living in them. He liked the look of these mushroom and said that they looked like hats.

If you have older children then you could have a go at our Fungus Investigation to record the types of Mushrooms and Toadstools that you see as well as where they are found.

I love that he’s now starting to describe things in relation to his world and also has started to imagine family life for other creatures on the planet. Whilst we were on the walk this time T was in the buggy and every so often J would stop and say “Time for T to play” and he was play peek a boo with her to keep her entertained.

Toddler entertaining baby
J playing peek a boo with T

Our book link was difficult this week – J really isn’t into fairies apart from Tinkerbell on TV and I don’t like buying TV orientated books as his interests may change so I asked the librarian for a recommendation to go with this activity suitable for both girls and boys but without fairies being involved. Her suggestion was Mushroom in the Rain. A story of how a little ant hides under the mushroom from the rain and then more and more animals join him sharing the shelter until the rain stops.

Again the image above is linked to Amazon.co.uk with details of the book and you can purchase from there. Other stockists are available and if you decide to purchase from Amazon.co.uk then I will receive a very small percentage of the cost of the book.

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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

8 Comments

  1. Mushrooms are such a fun thing to hunt for at parks and in the woods, they can all be so different. So glad you warned people about the spores and toxic possibilities of mushrooms though! Great advice.
    Thanks so much for linking this up at the outdoor play party!

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