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A Stroll Through the Deep Dark Wood

A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood.
A fox saw the mouse, and the mouse looked good.

“Where are you going to, little brown mouse?
Come and have lunch in my underground house.”

“It’s terribly kind of you, Fox, but no –
I’m going to have lunch with a gruffalo.”

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Last week we went for a walk in the local woods with our Home Education Group.  It gave us the perfect opportunity to test out the Gruffalo’s Bug Catching Net, Woodland Magnifier and Woodland Creature Cabin which were among the many wonderful prizes we won at the Welly Walk.

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We set off for our stroll into the wood, not so deep and dark on a perfect Autumnal day, cold but bright and sunny.

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We searched under logs for bugs who might like to live in our creature cabin for a little while.

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Tiddler tried to catch flies with the net, while the big boys did a bit of weight-lifting.

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Tiddler also examined lots of things with the magnifier, and loved wearing it round his neck.

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I enjoyed the peace and quiet and the beauty of the woods while the children were busy playing and exploring with their friends.

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We saw a log pile house and wondered if there was a snake living there.  The children played in a fantastic den, and found some more residents for their creature cabin, while I collected sweet chestnuts.

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All the children had a good time, but I think the most joyful moment was when Tiddler discovered the perfect muddy puddle for jumping in.

I’m joining in with Country Kids again, and I’m doing my best to do so every week.  As Autumn turns to Winter, and the cold weather settles in, I need the motivation to get outdoors with the children so I will be reading the other posts for ideas.  Country Kids never fails to inspire me!

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Building dens and climbing trees

On Wednesday we went for a walk in the woods with our Home Education group.  We hadn’t gone far when the children discovered two dens which had been partly built and started to add to them.

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Monkey and Rabbit were especially keen on this and carried on for some time while the others were exploring the woods and collecting bugs.  We also spotted some interesting fungi.

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After a while we moved on a little further, to a tree which the children love to climb because someone has helpfully built a platform with a den underneath.  This kept them busy for so long that, after a quick snack, it was time to leave.  It made for a rather short walk but they had a great time playing with their friends.  I think we will have to find some creative ways to get them wanting to explore further next time, or we will never get past the tree house again!

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