Lately as you can imaging our walks have been rather…err…..soggy. So we take every opportunity when the clouds part and we spot some blue sky to get out and about.
I think even the birds have been hiding away out of the weather. We could hear them, but couldn’t see them. So, we had to make do with this friendly looking owl that we spotted on the church door.
The happy coincidence of the rain moving over was that we saw this beautiful rainbow, it shone bright in the sky and gave us plenty of time to talk about colours. We’re working on colours, it’s a work in progress as everything at the moment is yellow (even if it’s not).
We decided that we were quite lucky because we got to go home for a snack and a warm up by the wood burner but the little man below had to stay outside with rain dripping off his nose.
We’ve been enjoying the warm sunshine recently, and hoping that it will last. It has meant that we have been seeing lots of butterflies fluttering around enjoying the warmth too.
This Peacock butterfly settled on flowers and opened its wings so we got a really good look at its colours.
Sometimes though a pretty butterfly isn’t enough to hold the concentration and the sound of a tractor three fields away is much more exciting….oh well, you can’t please all of the people all of the time!
(I have to say though, when we found the tractor it was a shiny new red one, and it did make some small people very happy)
We were feeling a bit arty today, so, because we’ve been looking for ladybirds this week when we’ve been out and about that’s what we decided to make. But there’s something missing……..
Don’t they look good!
When we were out enjoying the sunshine we saw all sorts of cheekiness going on. We heard a rustle rustle in the leaves and looked closely. This little mouse was peeking out of the wall, wiggling his nose at us. He wasn’t shy, in fact he was bordering on plain nosey!
On the way home we saw these lambs (behaving badly). They were stood on the wall eating the hedge, maybe they were bored of a diet of grass?
After seeing all the cheeky animals it was only right that we got to enjoy the sun too, so socks came off and we had toe wriggles all round.
Breakfast went down well this morning, which is a good thing because Monday is Allithwaite Toddler Group. Much energy is needed for sliding and jumping and running and singing (oh yes, lots of singing)…. phew…..it makes me tired just thinking about it. Needless to say we all love it!
So, this is what we have been up to. Our new playroom blackboard is great. The ideas for the week ahead go on the top and the children (and me) have fun drawing and scribbling on the bottom.
Everyone has done well learning the Hokey Cokey, the difference between left and right needs a bit of work yet, but the rest is pretty good, and ‘ra ra ra’ at the end is always the loudest!
We’ve not managed to spot any butterflies, but we’ve read ‘the very hungry caterpillar’ and about Peppa Pig finding ‘Tiny Creatures’ in Grandpa Pigs garden. In our garden we found a caterpillar (that solves the mystery of who was eating my rhubarb leaves). So, maybe one day if we watch out we’ll see that it’s changed into a beautiful butterfly.
In the orchard just up the road we have some very friendly new neighbours. We don’t know their names yet, they weren’t very talkative, but they did enjoy the handfuls of grass we offered them to eat and a tickle behind the ears. I have a feeling they are going to become a regular stopping off point on our walks.
The spring sunshine (and rain) is making little splashes of colour appear everywhere, the leaf buds are bursting and the hedges are greening up, but even prettier are all the flowers. We saw this pretty pink apple blossom this morning, we will watch it through the year as it turns into juicy red apples. We can’t wait that long though so we’ve come home to raid the fruit bowl for our morning snack.
Even brighter were these dandelions, the verges had gone yellow with them. We decided they certainly did look like lions…we don’t need much encouragement to practice our roaring…….RAAAARRRRR!!!!
For the last few weeks we have been watching out for the return of the swallows. Earlier this week we saw that they were back. So, this weeks story book is ‘Counting Birds’ by Alice Melvin. It’s a beautifully illustrated book starting with one noisy cockerel ‘cock-a-doodle-doo’ then going through the day counting the birds we see. Number eighteen shows the tired swallows just like we saw ourselves.
Seemingly it doesn’t matter what age you are, some activities are suitable for everyone. Whether you’re one and learning your ‘first words’ or that bit older and laughing at ‘Captain Underpants’. I for one hope it’s a habit that they both continue to enjoy.