We were invited to Rainham marshes, RSPB nature reserve for a fun day of activities to celebrate the launch of Hattie Garlick’s new book, Born to be wild.The book offers hundreds of activities that you can do outdoors with kids for free. We wrapped up warm and popped on our wellies ready for a day of learning and adventure. My sister joined us on our day out which gave us a chance to take in some much needed fresh air and watch Olivia enjoy the open paths.
We had plenty to keep us busy down in the nature hut. Firstly we went fishing for bugs and caught various types including lots of little boatman which were our favorite. Olivia giggled as they raced around the water bucket! We then made an Easter tree using natural materials. i was very impressed with oliva’s effort as she chose to use an array of colors, glitter and beautiful blooming flowers. Mummy loves flowers!
I hope my photos show what a lovely day we had and how much fun can be had at the nature reserve. There is also bike riding , birdwatching huts (hides), parks and a lovely cafe at the nature reserve.
By time we got home Olivia was exhausted from all the fresh air and had supper, bath and bed. Luckily on Sunday after church the sun was shinning and we decided to head out into the garden and do arts and crafts in the shed. Spring felt like it was finally here and the warmth of the sun was so inviting that we opened up the shed doors to let a heap of natural light through.
Armed with Hattie’s book we did laps of the garden and filled our wagon with sticks, leaves and some of my daffodils. We had puppy in tow and eventually Daddy joined us too. Our crafting activity had turned into a family adventure and after delving into our fresh pile of materials we decided to make a stick boat to float in the village pond. Olivia even rustled up a flag. She stuck leaves and a daffodil to the front which did prove a little heavy for the water but looked marvelous!
I found a shallow area of the lake and Olivia watched eagerly to see if her boat would float! It did float but we were careful not to let it drift out too far as i am sure the pond is a lot deeper in the middle. We also took our boat home as to protect the ducks from harming themselves.We had loads of fun deciding what to make from our new book. We are looking forward to another day of sunshine and want to try our hand at some home made wild flower crowns.
Thank you to Hattie and Rainham marshes RSPB for inviting us to a fabulous event and gifting my family a copy of your brilliant book.
The book is available to purchase here and you will be pleased to know that a proportion of the funds from sales go towards the RSPB to help conservation work.