Getting Children Into Upcycling

  

Global warming and climate change are hard enough subjects for us as adults to get our heads around, so how on earth can we get this message across to our children?

Children are like sponges and soak up everything that is going on around us.  They learn so much through imitating adults and copying our actions that we need to use this to our advantage and educate them on important issues early on so they can carry this information into adulthood.

For me the best was to teach children is to be hands on.  How many children come out of school and can’t recall anything from their day in the classroom, whereas taking them out and about to touch, feel and really sence everything around them leaves a much more lasting impression.

There has sadly been a huge decline in the amount of time children spend in the open air exploring their natural environment and this is one of the best ways to explain to them the affects the modern living is having on the world as we know it.

Another great way to get them thinking about the environment is by teaching them the value of upcycling and recycling.

Taking them to recycling sites and allowing them to sort all the recyclable items and getting them to think about what these things could then be made into.

Upcycling is the perfect way to teach the children about the benefit of substances such a plastic as the durability of it allows you to have so many uses for it and it can last a lifetime.

There are so many uses for plastic now and because of the resiliance and strength in plastic there is less waste which is so much better for the environment.

We get through pints and pints of milk in this house so we always have plastic cartons by the bucket load.

I decided to mix some upcycling along with caring for the environment by making a watering can out of one of our many milk cartons.

   
  
 It was so simple to make.  I took some acrylic paint and added some pretty spring flowers to the outside and then with a metal skewer carefully made some holes in the lid of the carton to make the water spout.  Number four happily filled this up again and again and set to watering the flowers in the garden.

   
  

 
Have a little think about other ways you could use things that would normally be thrown away that the children would love to help create.  It would be great to hear your ideas!
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#PointShoot:Terrible Twos

This week I’m linking up my #pointshoot photo of our trip to Gatton Park.

We have had a few weeks of illness and really needed a good walk in the fresh air.

I was also hoping to wear out stroppy number five!  The terrible two’s have kicked in with full force and now only wants things done when he is good and ready!

The first tantrum was about wearing his favourite hat that is now way to small but that was a battle I was happy to let him win.  Spending the entire day sitting on this steps did get more than a little tiresome though!

  

You Baby Me Mummy

Fairy And Snowdrop Hunting At Gatton Park

If any of you follow me on Instagram I’m sure you will have noticed by now that I’m a real lover of Spring flowers.  They signify the start of warmer weather and bring a welcome display of colour after the gloomy months we have post Christmas.

One of the best places to go and see the snowdrops raising their pretty heads is Gatton Park in Reigate.  On the first Sunday of every month they open the doors and allow visitors to come and explore the beautiful park and gardens.

  
At this time of year the immaculate gardens are littered with snowdrops and are a real sight to see.

   
   
The children love investigating the winding pathways and uneven staircases. Number five loved the pretty pond that could be crossed by stepping on the stones.

   
 
Inside the house you can grab yourself a cup of tea whist the children colour or make a snowdrop card as a memento of their day.

   

  

 

Our last trip of the day was down to the play trail where the children climbed poles, made music on the wooden instruments, jumped aboard the tractor and most importantly tried to wake the fairies at their cute little house.

   
    
 
 

We spent several hours over there exploring everything the wonderful house and gardens has to offer and I’m keen to come back and try out their toddler afternoons with he youngest two!

   
   
  

Father Christmas In His Crystal Grotto

Up until today I thought I had covered most options when is came to visiting Father Christmas.  We have done department stores, farms, garden centres and theme parks but I didn’t realise that today was going to surpass all of those for me.

We love being outdoors so when a friend of mine suggested a trip to Father Christmas in a crystal grotto at Painshill Park I was more than intrigued.

We arrived at Painshill after a good journey and easily found a parking space.  From there we took a short walk to the entrance and collected our ticket.

We were early so we stopped for a coffee in their coffee shop which had a huge glass front giving you views out across the pretty grounds.

As you can imagine they were all champing at the bit to meet the man himself so we started our walk towards the grotto.  They had set out cute signposts for the children to follow and the whole area had pretty fairy lights in the trees and along the paths.  The magnificent trees were lit to show off their beauty.

It was about a 15 minute walk so we saved exploring the other stunning follies until after our visit.  I stupidly listened to my Dad and didn’t take the buggy which was a big mistake as the walk was to much for number five and I had to do a lot of carrying.  The pathways are well lit and smooth and fine to take your buggy along. Just before we got there we had a quick stop to see the ducks and if we went again we would take something along to feed them with.

We got to a beautiful wooden bridge from where the grotto was in sight.  We walked through the marque doors and were hit by the smell of mulled wine as a friendly elf told us to take a seat and wait to be guided into the grotto.


We had a quick drink and were then taken to visit Father Christmas.  The moment we stepped into the grotto I was astounded by how beautiful it was.


The crystals and walkways were adorned with pretty lights which made it even more magical.

Father Christmas gave us a really warm welcome and had a lovely chat with the children, well baring number five who was a little overwhelmed by it all.



They each got a gift to take home as we set off to do a little more exploring.


  
The gardens are vast and have something different around every corner.  One off my highlights was the gothic tower that once reached is simply breathtaking.


  
The ruined Abby overlooks the pond and is a real sight to see.


  
The picture really don’t do these magastic grounds justice, you really have to see it to believe it.  Our trip has doubled my Christmas spirit and we will be back next year for sure.
  

Monkey and Mouse