Nature Hunt

July 23, 2010

Chatting over a coffee without interruptions is a thing of the past for mothers with young children.  Does that mean ’doing coffee’ stops? Of course not!  My sister and I often meet at a park with take-away coffee.  We keep our children busy doing a nature hunt, gathering and bringing back bits and pieces they’ve found around us.  It keeps their hands and minds busy, in a positive way, so we can catch up.

Try asking questions: 

Can you find me a stick? ** Oh, I think we need a rock now. ** Can you find 10 leaves?

Children love it, and Mums can snatch snippets of talk between treasure finds.  It’s what Mums do, isn’t it?

“Wise mamas don’t give up the things they loved pre-kids, they just find new ways of doing them!” — Cath (SquiggleMum)

Take it home idea from Mon: The kids could make a collage out of the things they’ve collected when they get home as part of their recount of their day out. Lots of fun with glue!

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MonNo Gravatar July 23, 2010 at 7:20 pm

What a great idea! The kids could even make a collage out of the things they’ve collected when they get home as part of their recount of their day out. Lots of fun with glue! :-)

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Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar July 23, 2010 at 7:33 pm

Love it Mon… You MUST be a teacher lol

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Jade @ No Longer 25No Gravatar July 23, 2010 at 10:25 pm

@Mon,

I love this idea too – I’ll have to remember that one!

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SquiggleMumNo Gravatar July 23, 2010 at 7:28 pm

I agree Kelly. Wise mamas don’t give up the things they loved pre-kids, they just find new ways of doing them!!

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Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar July 23, 2010 at 7:32 pm

Perfectly put Cath. In fact, quoteable. lol. Going to update the post now…

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BonnieNo Gravatar July 23, 2010 at 8:35 pm

You might also like to try some open ended questions! I was having a chat to a gifted and talented specialist on Thursday and she was encouraging me to provide questions for children that have more than one answer. For exampe…
You’re looking down. What’s up?? :-)

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Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar July 25, 2010 at 7:21 am

Love this Bon… you have to tell me more about that…

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Jade @ No Longer 25No Gravatar July 23, 2010 at 9:01 pm

This is fun, we do something like this with our Brownie Guides here, a scavenger nature hunt or sometimes they have to find things starting with different letters. I loved these kind of things when I was a kid.

Have a lovely day,
Jade

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Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar July 25, 2010 at 7:22 am

Me too Jade, it’s one of the things I remember fondly about my childhood.

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amandabNo Gravatar July 24, 2010 at 10:10 am

Oh, how I need a coffee stop. If only we had a little friend to do this with … and a mumma to share the coffee with!

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Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar July 25, 2010 at 7:23 am

I’d love to have coffee if you were closer! :D

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jenny @ let the children playNo Gravatar July 24, 2010 at 1:00 pm

And also a good way to avoid those unimpressed looks from fellow coffee shop-goers who don’t have children!

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Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar July 25, 2010 at 7:23 am

HA Jenny — so, so true.

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MichelleNo Gravatar July 25, 2010 at 2:40 pm

We meet in the park on a regular gathering… with a flask! The kids play happily and we chat happily.
Last week they all found treasure (broken jewellery etc)
I’m liking the idea of a nature hunt…

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Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar July 27, 2010 at 7:50 pm

Ah, yes… I should do a flask sometime and save myself some money…

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JulieNo Gravatar July 25, 2010 at 9:55 pm

Another great strategy Kelly. I love Squigglemum’s quote too.

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Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar July 25, 2010 at 10:06 pm

Yeah, I loved it too… so I went back and included it in the post :D

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Christie - Childhood 101No Gravatar July 26, 2010 at 9:53 pm

We do this and put all of our ‘treasures’ into a big tub to make stone soup :)

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Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar July 27, 2010 at 7:53 pm

Stone soup… YUM!

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Catherine LoweNo Gravatar July 27, 2010 at 7:25 pm

Looks like a nice relaxing way to spend the afternoon :)

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Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar July 27, 2010 at 7:53 pm

Yes, it was! :D

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