Considering we’ve had a lot of time off over the Christmas holidays, we’ve not done much. I debated National Trust, but not many locally seemed to be open. So we did tend to hibernate quite a lot. It has meant that N has made a better attempt at watching films…Toy Story watched, a couple of Christmas films, the Thomas the tank engine Brave film, and then a start made on a couple of other films as well. You never know, before the summer, we might have made it to the cinema for the first time.
But N did make the most of being off nursery and the weather being dry, to go out with his dad on the farm. Because the cattle are mostly in the barns, it means there’s lots of feeding which he can help with sitting on the tractor. Calving has started, but even if they’re checking on the cow or calf, N has been able to sit in a nearby vehicle rather than having to be brought inside because it’s not safe being near stroppy protective cows.
N’s also enjoyed the frosty days of earlier this week. A couple of days he’s had his younger cousin coming to play, so they’ve put on their wellies and headed out in the garden. The water table was a big draw, it being frozen over.
They investigated and decided to try and break the ice.
They tried several options and eventually the foot technique did the trick. Then they wanted to pick it up.
They wanted to put each piece of ice into the gator trailer to see how it broke when they dropped the pieces in. Madness, but a nice bit of science and natural world exploration.
The next day it was frosty again and N wanted to go out and play. I tried to suggest that maybe the water wasn’t the best to play in again given the freezing temperatures, so N decided on gloves. Not sure woolly gloves would do the job, but they were fine for a bit of frosty play…practising ‘writing’.
N’s all important trusty stick was then used as an ice breaking tool unsuccessfully
so back to more frosty writing.
N quite happily played in the frost and with the ice for about 40 minutes. Until his hands got wet, he didn’t seem to feel the cold at all. It just goes to show that children don’t really need anywhere other than the back garden to play in, or anything other than a frozen bucket of water.