Last Saturday I introduced our goal of visiting the library every week well this week I wanted to mention about another of the goals for this year. Our exploring the outdoors - primarily this will be our garden but I'm also aiming to have one visit/activity per week to somewhere else - maybe a local park, forest or zoo, somewhere we can connect with nature and experience the outdoors which have been such an important part of my life.
Exploring outdoors doesn't have to fill anyone with dread (yes I was one of those when J was crawling and not walking and to some extent I still am a little with T - hence why I've set myself the goal this year). It doesn't have to cost a fortune and can happen what ever the weather. One of my favourite blogs Learning for Life has the motto
"Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, and snow is exhilarating; there is no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather." John Ruskin 1819-1900
which I agree with but it has appeared to me that children's clothing companies don't have the same thoughts as wet weather gear only comes in 12months+ from the main high street stores (anything else is out of our budget) so T who is 10 months old was dressed in J's first suit (12 - 18 months) and J in the (18 - 24month) one from last winter and we headed out to do some gardening.
We've not really gardened properly with J aware of what is going on (some flowers in tubs last summer) but we have a large garden and over 2/3rds of it are starting to resemble waste land so we need to get on with it and start to create what we want our gardens to be this means J and T need to be involved as well so that we can both work on it together.
With clothes on to deal with the weather and any puddle that we found we headed into the garden. T immediately removed her wellies and started to eat stones, mud and leaves from around the garden but loved the crawling around and J jumped in his sand pit - now a mix of sand, mud and water, zoomed up and down the slide and then spotted RDD gardening and headed over to help.
I think what I'm learning with J and T is that something it's the simplest things that give them the most enjoyment - experiencing the garden when it's not hot sunny and the paddling pool is out filled J with such joy and he connected with nature so much more.
Is anyone else joining me with explore outdoors this year and if so what plans have you got to connect your children and the natural world?
Mess Monsters in the Garden, where the mess monsters have been kicked out of the bedroom after making too much mess and into the garden where they proceed to make a LOT of mess in the mud and digging up everything in sight. But luckily - the mess created in the garden leads to such wonderful things...