National Trust’s initiative, 50 things to do before you’re 11 3/4 is a great way to get your children out in the fresh air, exploring, adventuring and exercising their bodies and minds. It’s also great for parents – as a list of 50 simple yet doable outdoors activities, it creates a neat little agenda for those of us who like to be organised.
I realised just today that we recently completed number 31 on the list – Bug Hunting, which was excellent fun.
Number 35 on the list is “Discover what’s in a pond”. This is what myself, nearly-three-year-old, ten-month-old and Gran set out to do today at Lyme Park, near Stockport, Greater Manchester.
It would appear that we found some ducks and geese in a very large pond. No surprise there, I hear you say! I was intending on inspecting the pond for fish, frogspawn, insects and other critters – but remember we have a nearly-three-year-old, here. She wanted ducks and geese, and she wanted to feed them copious amounts of bread. She did bug hunting the other day. And she knows what she wants, believe me!
We approached the pond (safely – adult in very near vicinity at all times!) and she was so excited to see the ducks and geese make a beeline for us in anticipation of some lovely, soft bread. We always have to take fresh bread, as nearly-three-year-old does love to nibble a bit herself. She dislikes bread intensely at any other time, assiduously dissecting sandwiches to remove the cheese or meat within. Yet somehow duck bread is much different and of a higher flavour.
We had fun at the pond, and at Lyme Park in general. We went for a long walk, had a picnic, did some more bug hunting and checked out their new Crow Wood playscape, complete with swings, giant slide, various climbing apparatus, a den and a real bear cave.
We’re looking forward to completing the whole checklist of 50 things!
Disclaimer: I did not receive any payment or goods for writing this post, It was entirely my own choice to help out some friends who are supporting the National Trust’s 50 things initiative.