School summer trip today. It was raining heavily when we arrived, and the plan was to be outdoors all day… I was with the tinies, 4 and 5 year-olds.
Here is an accidental shot of three of my companions for the day:
Luckily the rain eased off a bit for our bug hunt in the meadow. We found LOTS of huge slugs – and only one child in the group wouldn’t go near them, all the rest happily collected them on plastic spoons (renamed ‘creature catchers’ for the day, for health and safety reasons…). Maybe it’s good that I didn’t take a picture of the slugs.
There were loads of lovely meadow flowers – buttercups, knapweed, yellow rattle and bird’s-foot trefoil, all a bit bowed by the rain, but still beautiful. The children were given sweep nets, and caught a good range of insects, despite the dampness. I think this is probably a Peacock butterfly caterpillar. Very spiny.
We also fed the ducks and swans (and nobody in our group fell in), and had a scavenger hunt in the woods. All in all, a good day out.