Water featured highly today and as there was a rare sight in Scotland (blue sky) we spent a large amount of time outdoors. Mind you, when don’t we!
First of all though Beanster had a swimming lesson. Today was all about learning to do the front crawl and trying to retrieve an object from the bottom of the pool without assistance. These are very tricky to do, especially when your body keeps wanting to float back up to the top, but she did very well and is back tomorrow for more practise. As Beanster swam, Moo played games on her tablet and set herself up a mini picnic.
When we arrived home we were in time to see the binmen emptying and washing out our bin. We had a wee chat with them and learned about how the bin lorry worked.
A quick play in the garden and then we headed to Jupiter Wildlife Centre in Grangemouth with friend H and his mum Yvette.
The ranger let us investigate their nature table where we had a look for hidden natural treasures in the undergrowth. Beanster identified a rabbit skull and we had a look at some pellets that an owl had coughed up.
We collected some pond dipping equipment then spent the afternoon investigating the large pond there and using a key to identify what we had found.
We found Stickleback fish, Minnows, Water snails, Damselfly larvae, Caddis fly larvae, Non biting midge larvae, Pondskaters and Water beetles.
Moo caught the most fish, 3, all by herself. H the most water snails, Beanster the largest variety of things and Yvette the biggest fish. Moo got upset when they all needed to be put back so we headed to the woody area and made a den to cheer her up.
She found herself a wee nook.
We love all the bug hotels and recycled objects at Jupiter.
Back at home Beanster used her magnifying glass to look more closely at our wild flower tubs and talked about what she could see.
Evening play included sleepovers, shopping, soup making at the mud kitchen using dead marigolds and water and pretend school.
Another day in the life of Beanster and Moo.