I decided to include a little craft project within our Christmas countdown activities, one that Boo and I could enjoy, that would also tie in a nice, outdoor afternoon. We got onto it this week, and I have to say that both the outing and the crafting were really lovely, and Boo tells me she thoroughly enjoyed them, too 🙂
We set off for the park, armed with a bag and scissors (clearly secateurs were the tools for the job, but as they were in the shed as I was grabbing the kids and getting them into the car, the scissors were a lot handier, though I cursed my lack of planning when I was actually in the park!) and some bread for a spot of duck-feeding while we were there.
We went to the ducks first (well, after we ‘had’ to visit the nature centre as Boo cannot go past it without going in and looking at their exhibits, which is rather sweet) so that we could empty our bag of the bread. The birds at this particular spot are well-fed and well-versed in what it means for a couple of kids to arrive clutching a plastic bag, as this was the arrival scene..
And no more than 30 seconds later, this was what we were contending with…
Boo ran off to hide, I was lobbing the bread at them as quickly as I could, and Little Man just laughed!
So, ducks fed, we explored the park and collected our nature..
And there was a little time to run about and enjoy the empty playground – we literally had no choice but to play, it was totally ours for the taking!
Back home, Little Man was fortunately tired out from our escapade, so he went for a nap, meaning Boo and I could get on with our Christmas craft project – a table centrepiece. I got everything out ready for her, soaked the oasis block and positioned it in the basket, sprayed the cones, and then let her have a go.
She loved it, and even braved the holly which pricked her repeatedly, but didn’t deter her from her masterpiece! And here it is, what do you think?
I am pleased with it. My mum gave us the basket and oasis block, and she had the spray paint (she’s done this before, of course!), and we already had those baubles and candle, so along with our nature haul, we put it all together for nothing, and Boo is delighted to have her handiwork on display 🙂