Saturday, 31 August 2013

We Are Adventurers!

It's the last Saturday of the holidays and it was actually a lovely dry day and we were given the opportunity to attend a We Are Adventurers woodland activity session with a group of other Bloggers from NorthWest Bloggers and organised by Karen GrumpyishMum.

We met in the Car Park at Chorlton Water Park and were all given a sheet with pictures of different leaves. For our first task we had to look for each of the leaves on the trees as we walked down the pathway. We did quite well, we got 7!

Searching for different leaves
Some impressive toadstools that we passed
After we'd walked a short way we came to a small clearing to the side of the path and saw that activities had been set out for us.


The first activity in the clearing was for the children to paint the leaves that they had collected and them print with them onto paper.
 


Boy no.4 wasn't interested in this activity, he was far too busy rock climbing above the 'Mud Kitchen' area.

 

Then we were shown how to suck tiny bugs and flies into a pot to examine - we only caught an aphid before we moved on to digging for worms with spoons!



Meanwhile Boy no.3  was busy elsewhere using cookie cutters to make shapes in the mud, and draw faces and buttons onto 'gingermud men' with sticks....


We never even got chance to help Hollybobs daughter with her fantastic mud painting!


The session ended with hot chocolate - which was a real treat and delighted my boys - it was the first time my 4 year old has had a 'hot' drink rather than one which is lukewarm, which really excited him!


We Are Adventurers was formed in January 2013 by a Forest School Practitioner Paul Wilcox and his wife Jennifer. The aim is to get young children outside whatever the weather, enjoying and experiencing nature and learning about what is around them outdoors. It was brilliant, my boys had a great morning and they were introduced to a host of great ideas. When the session finished we had the bug, so we carried on exploring for a while and had some more outdoor fun before we went home for lunch.

The boys ran across a 'troll bridge'
And the trolls couldn't catch them!
We looked at a murky pond and wondered who lived there.
We found information about who was living in the big lake
One of us touched some nettles even though he knew he shouldn't,
and his brother found him dock leaves to help make it better.
We found a great play area with lots of climbing.

We found some tiny frogs....and a van selling jaffa cakes....
We took part in a special 'Babes In The Wood' session for children under 5, but We Are Adventurers also hold sessions for older children and work with schools and children in Manchester, Trafford and Cheshire. You can even book a themed birthday party! The leaders are really keen and brilliant with the children. They explain everything in clear language that doesn't treat children as if they are daft. I loved their approach and it worked really well with the children. They encourage safe exploration and it really is an adventure. You can find out all the information you need to take part or book a party on their website.


We took home a pile of treasure, and 2 tired, happy boys.....

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

In The Playroom


28 comments:

  1. Looks like you had a great time, I think it's really important that kids can learn that there is a whole world out there for them x

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    1. I totally agree, we really did have a great time, they had so many great ideas :)x

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  2. What a fab morning! We're looking forward to getting booked on to a session with them.

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  3. this looks so fun! and some really cute pics :D love the one of ur little one with the doc leaf

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    1. Hahaha...thank you! It was a bit cute, I can't believe he just grabbed a handful of nettles, he really knows better than that!

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  4. wow that looks like so much fun

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  5. Awww looks like it was a fab day hun! Glad you all enjoyed it!x

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    1. It was brilliant, you missed a great time :) x

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  6. Looks like great fun with some very inspiring activities, I am sure I used to do some of those as a kid but remember being told off as I made mud pies one day just before we were going out and got my clothes muddy. I also used to collect worms and give them to everyone in the house, I am sure they loved that!

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    1. Hahaha....yeah, kids are great at those sort of lovely 'gifts'! :D

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  7. I grew up on the avenue right next to chorlton water park, and spent most of my childhood playing there, Lovely place

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    1. Oh wow! How lucky you were, it really is gorgeous :)

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  8. That's a great idea it looks like you had lots of fun!

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  9. That looks fantastic! I love getting my son outdoors and letting him run around and have adventures but must admit I am a bit fair weather about it!!

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    1. Hahaha....I insist they go outdoors whatever the weather cos I'm a meanie Mum! :D

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  10. What a wonderful day out. Ben & Chloe would love it I'm sure!

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    1. I bet they would - once they've got over getting their hands grubby I think any child would love it :D

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  12. What a fab day packed full of outdoor adventure and fun! The boys looked like they had a great time and I love the photo of a frog in one hand and a jaffa cake in the other! Thanks for linking up and sharing your outdoor adventures with Country Kids.

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    1. Thank you for hosting! I like that photo - I'm not sure where his priorities lay there :D

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  13. Looks like a fabulous day! So much to see and do in just one day. Looks like the perfect days out for kids :)

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    1. It was brilliant - the children all had a fantastic time :)

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  14. This looks like such a fun day out!

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    1. It was loads of fun. Not-So-Wee Z would love it :D

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