The last day of our 30 Days Wild Challenge - Day 30 was to write a wild poem. Use a haiku or sonnet to recreate a wild experience. We sat down as a group to discuss and reflect on the past 30 days of wild experiences. Everyone in the group spoke about their favourite day. We created a mind map of words we learnt, activities we enjoyed and experiences that stood out. Using the words and experiences out of our mind map, we created a poem. Hearing the birds tweet. Touching the g
Day 29 of our 30 Days Wild Challenge was to pick up litter, sweep the area for rubbish and pop it in the bin. The children sat down and discussed what rubbish and litter are. We came to the conclusion that any paper, plastic, leaves and sticks on the ground in our area is rubbish, as well as, frayed ribbons and loose stuffing on the ground. To help with our rubbish collection we made buckets from the bottom of plastic bottles and then went around our area filling our buckets
Day 28 of our 30 Days Wild Challenge was to map your local wildlife. The children sat down as a group and drew a map of the nursery. We spoke about what wildlife we’ve found during bug hunts, while caring for our garden and what wildlife has visited our area recently. We’ve seen and known that woodlouse, worms, spiders and snails live in our woods, forest and fairy garden. We’ve seen bees, birds and butterflies visit our yard and know that worms live in our garden beds.
Day 24 of our 30 Days Wild Challenge was to design a wild home from a bug hotel to a hedgehog hideout. The bug hotel in our area was looking very sad and empty so we decided to remake it to give the bugs a better home. From the field the children collected sticks, grass, leaves and flowers and everyone filled plastic bottles that were cut in half, with different pieces. We then filled our “bug hotel” tyre with all the bottles, layering them with egg cartons and pieces of wood
Day 23 of our 30 Days Wild Challenge is to decorate a wild mobile using twigs, string and leaves or paper birds. As a group we went into the field to collect some wild supplies. The children collected different flowers, leaves and twigs to create their very own wild mobile using glue and string to attach their wild spoils. It was wonderful to see the children use their imagination and creativity skills to create beautiful mobiles using natural resources. If you’ve done this c
Day 22 of our 30 Days Wild Challenge is to mediate in the wild. Strike a yoga pose and feel the stress melt away. In the field we did a yoga flow moving from a seed to a tree. While in each plant pose, we breathed deeply before moving to the next stage of the plants cycle. At the end of our yoga flow, we lay in the grass and listened to the wind, birds and the world around us. We learnt ways to finds calmness in our busy world using our gross motor skills to manipulate our bo
Day 21 of our 30 Days Wild Challenge was to google wild facts. As a group we used google on our iPad to find out secrets about some of our favourite animals. The children were interested to learn ladybirds smell with their antennas and feet, butterflies’ taste with their feet, wolves can roam 12 miles in a single day, koalas aren’t bears but actually marsupials and that tigers like to play and swim in water! If you’ve done this challenge at home, please share how you complete
Get set to brighten your weekend with our 30 Days Wild Challenges. Friday, Day 18 - Spot a wild mammal. From urban squirrels, foxes, or deer to country hares. Saturday, Day 19 - Scatter seed bombs. Throw seeds and soil in hard-to-reach places. Sunday, Day 20 - Keep a note of wildlife. List the species that you see from your window.
Have a great weekend exploring nature and share with us your completed challenges! #30dayswild #arborgreennursery #outdoorkids #outdoornursery #w
Day 16 of our 30 Days Wild Challenge was to sketch up close. Using nature as our muse we captured a variety of different textures and patterns using crayon rubbing. The children recognized the shapes and loved touching the textures they had used to create with. If you sketched up close, please show us your pictures via learning journals, our blog, or socials. We would love to see them #arborgreennursery #30dayswild #outdoornursery #outdoorkids #sketch #draw #nature
Day 15 of our 30 Days Wild Challenge is to whistle with grass. One of the children taught us how to hold the grass after telling us her grandad can do it. We then looked for a video for further instructions and came across this link on YouTube. If you would like to practice at home pleased click on the link above and tell us how your day 15 challenge went. We would love to hear about it so please share via learning journals, our blog or socials. #30dayswild #arborgreennursery
We had a great weekend exploring the wild in a variety of ways using our challenges to navigate our wildness. Saturday was day 12 of our 30 Days Wild Challenge and we created a work of art using leaves, pinecones, feathers and twigs whilst on Sunday, day 13 of our 30 Days Wild Challenge, we watched a wild webcam. Thank you to those for sharing your challenges with us. If you have any wildness adventure pictures from the weekend, we would love to see them! Today's challenge: "
Day 11 of our 30 Days Wild Challenge is - Picnic with the birds. Prepare a bird feast with fruit, cheese and seeds. We put out a banana seed platter for the birds at Arbor Green in the morning so we could watch the birds enjoying their feast throughout the day. Did you create your own bird feasts then please share it with us via learning journals, our blog or social media. #30dayswild #arborgreennursery #birdfeast #outdoornursery #outdoorkids
Day 10 of our 30 Days Wild Challenge is - Read a wild book. Find a book about wild creatures and read outside. This afternoon we found the book “I wonder why Spiders Spin Webs and other questions about creepy crawlies” in our area and took it to the field to read. We learnt that there is an insect called a Flower Mantis that hides within flowers waiting for poor insects to land on the flower and a Leaf Insect that hides from its enemies by disguising as a leaf! Of course, we
Day 9 of our 30 Days Wild Challenge is – Identify a wildflower. To the field we went to start our search for wildflowers surrounding the nursery. The children were brilliant identifying daisies, buttercups and dandelions straight away but there were two flowers a white one and a pink one that we didn’t know the names of. We drew pictures of the unknown flowers to help us remember what they look like when we start our research to identify them. If you did this challenge at hom
Day 8 of our 30 Days Wild Challenge was to snap a blue photo. During gathering time we spoke about what is natural and wild in our area. With some responses being: "Flowers", "Trees", "Bugs', "Insects", "The Sky". Everyone was then asked, "Can you find anything in our area that is natural and wild but the colour blue?" As a group, we searched the yard and found quickly, a bush of blue flowers and the beautiful blue sky! Using the iPad, each child got a chance to snap and pict
We had a great weekend exploring the wild in a variety of ways! Thank you to those for sharing your challenges with us. Day 7 of the 30 Days Wild Challenge is – Listen for wild sounds. Use a blindfold to focus. What can you hear? Share with us your wild experiences. #30dayswild #weekendchallenge #arborgreennursery #outdoorkids #outdoorfamilies #outdoornursery
Of course, the fun of 30 Days Wild Challenge doesn’t stop over the weekend with days 4 to 6 waiting to be completed Day 4 of our 30 days Wild Challenge- Thread a daisy chain. Did you pick daisies and thread their stems together? Day 5 of our 30 Days wild Challenge- Showcase on a nature table. Did you display wild treasure like feathers, fossils and bones? Day 6 of our 30 days Wild Challenge- Lunch in the wild. Did you take your sandwiches outside and sit on a blanket or under
Day 3 of our 30 Days Wild Challenge is - Find a creepy crawly! We got up close and personal with the many bugs that inhabit our area. The group loved searching them out and counting the legs on the ladybugs. We gathered some greenery and used the bug viewer to see our new friends up close. Have you found any bugs at home or out and about? Remember to be gentle, get close and what the way it moves. Share with us your Wild experiences. #30dayswild #arborgreennursery #oudoorkids
Day 2 of our 30 Days Wild Challenge is - Look up at the clouds, what can you see? We observed the sky and using our imagination we described what we could see and hear. "Dragon." "Pirate ship." "Circle." "I can hear the birds." "Trees in the wind."
If you’ve done this challenge at home today, please share how you completed this challenge on learning journals, via our blog or on social media. We would love to see it! #arborgreennursery #30dayswild #outdoorkids #outdoornursery
Day 1 of our 30 Days Wild Challenge is - Feel the wild between your toes. We explored natural textures today feeling sand, soil, water, pebbles and grass using our toes and then describing how each texture felt. If you have done this challenge at home today, please share how you completed this challenge in learning journals, via our blog or social media pages. We would love to see it! #30dayswild #arborgreennursery #outdoorkids #outdoornursery #thewildlifetrust