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Exploring Outdoors – seasons changing

I took J on a explore of the garden looking at what things have changed. Because we have had rain almost constantly for April we haven’t really seen what has changed that much. But things are moving towards summer new plants are opening and the garden is VERY green all of a sudden (probably to do with the rain).

We took our camera with us and J and I took pictures of things that had changed since our last camera visit. His camera skills are getting better as he’s learnt to wait for the camera to focus and then press the button. We are starting to get some really good pictures.

J's first dandelion of the year

The first thing that caught his attention was the way that the Dandelions had changed from yellow to their seed heads we had fun blowing counting the time as I had as a child.

Blue Bells
J discovered the blue bells or fairy hats as he called them

Next we found some blue bells, J named them fairy hats – one of the things that I want to do at the next nice week day is take J and T to one of our local blue bells woods to see the carpet of blue under the wood canopy.

apple blossom
We looked up a little

Getting J to change from looking at what is at ground level is a new challenge for me – so with so many of our garden’s tree’s in bloom with various colours of blossom we looked up and found some apple blossom, I’m looking forward to frequent trips to look at the apples grow over the summer and then harvesting them in the autumn with him.

Lilac inbloom
Our lilac tree in bloom

We have two Lilacs in the garden one purple and one white that provide shade over the summer. Today the floors have started to open and J and I spent a while admiring them looking at the blossom. We have cut some and put in a pot on the kitchen window sill as well so even on a dreary day we will have some colour inside the house.

No book link as we did a play outdoors post with a book link on Friday and our weekly books it was a bit too much but I wanted to share how it’s great to see the seasons change from a Toddler’s point of view.


  1. My girls love to watch the garden change throughout the year. Ours must be a bit ahead of yours, as our lilacs have all been and gone. We have some lovely pinky-purplish azaleas coming out now, and the lavender is starting to bloom. Thanks for sharing at the Outdoor Play Party!

  2. Stunning photographs. I adore dandelions and we spend so much time collecting and blowing them.

    Thanks for sharing on Science Sparks.

    Kerry πŸ™‚

  3. Rainy Day Mum,

    This is one of the coolest things I have heard about doing with your child. When I have kids I am going to do this and I have you to thank!

    Thank you so much!

  4. Our lilacs didn’t survive the last frosts πŸ™

  5. Observing the changes of season is a wonderful nature study!

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