I’ve been on a blogging break over the holiday period, which went on a little longer than anticipated! That doesn’t mean I’ve had a break from wildlife experiences. I can’t help but get into nature everywhere I go. Our family took part in many unplanned wildlife activities and learnt that spontaneous moments can be just as memorable as the planned ones.
So here are a few of the stumbled-upon wildlife activities of our holidays:
The zoo – A perfect way of entertaining the kidlets is to take them to a wildlife-rich environment. The kangaroos are always the biggest hit and I suspect it’s because it’s more hands-on than most displays.
Growing sunflowers- You should have seen the insects that were attracted to our flowers! We found lady beetles, two different types of grass hopper, native bees and honey bees, spiders and aphids. The sunflowers were just beautiful too
Spotlighting – While out for dinner at the neighbours, we went for a random spotlight around the backyard with all the kids. We found spiders, geckos and even a praying mantis! Get out those torches and gave a go yourselves.
Wildlife Books- I started reading Charlotte’s Web (Miss Possum’s first chapter book) which is perfect for learning about and building a positive relationship with spiders! We also read books like the Fox and Fine Feathers, Hello Baby, Puggles Problem and more.
Baby Spider Love. While about to put the now one-year-olds in the bath, we found a tiny little jumping spider crawling up the wall. They were transfixed. Squeak can now say “spider” and we’ve been reading books about spiders in the last couple of days. I love spiders and I’m so glad they do too.
Raising tadpoles – This was the highlight of our wildlife experiences over the Christmas period. I will save this for a later post but I think everyone should raise tadpoles at some stage in their life! So. Much. Fun!
Sea monkey suprise – Yep, we still have two left. We’ve had the weird but mesmerising creatures since September 2011. Most of them died but one boy survived. Then, half way through the holidays we noticed another one! (Another boy unfortunately). Miss Possum learnt something new, that we need a boy and a girl to get more baby sea monkeys. Now I’m waiting for the other cheeky questions to start. Eeep!
Yummy Wildlife Treats- Last but not least, we made Wildlife pikelets again. This time the neighbour’s children devoured the snails and butterflies. Yum, they are always a hit!
So, although I’ve had a rather long break from the blog, and I’m sorry it’s been this long, we have still had many meaningful wildlife experiences to share with you all.
Did you have any wildlife experiences over the holiday period?!