Roo and Beth were at nursery all day yesterday. That meant a work day for me and little time to get out exploring. Fortunately, nature came to me. All day long I was entertained from my study desk by the great tit chicks on the bird table. One in particular was very cheeky. It has figured out how to use the feeders now and spent long periods of time hanging out on the seed tray, preening itself or pecking at the nut feeder. Every time Mum or Dad appeared though and it would start hassling them, shouting its head off and fanning its feathers with all the urgency of a tiny new hatchling still in the nest. Low and behold this tactic worked with the poor tired parents dropping a de-cased sunflower seed into its beak at regular intervals. Then, when they had flown off back to feed the rest of their brood, it would nonchalantly go back to preening or snacking on the nuts. Teenagers it appears are the same across all species.
When not distracted by the great tit chicks I managed to come up with a quick post-nursery activity for Roo out in the garden. The idea was for her to find something in nature, living or otherwise, that matched the colours on her piece of paper. Then she could either stick it on or if non-pickable or a living creature, draw it. A really simple exercise but one that kept her busy out in the garden for a good twenty minutes and transformed a rather grouchy post-nursery preschooler back into her normal sunshine self. I can see the nature colour hunt being handy for entertaining a walk-resistant toddler on a short stroll too. I suspect Roo might have done it in a flash on another day but with bedtime looming she took her time, using the activity as an excuse to eek out every possible moment she could outdoors. She got a bit stuck on red for a while after absent-mindedly eating the wild strawberry she had found on the way back to her activity sheet!
So that was our Day 10 of the 30 Days Wild Challenge – sweet and simple. Here is a copy of the Nature Colours Scavenger Hunt activity sheet in case you would like to print it off.