The National Trust team were excellent, spending time in the glasshouses helping the children to sow tomato seeds, pot up lettuces and find out about the bees buzzing around the beehive. The kitchen Garden was just waking up, with shoots emerging and new crops being planted.
If you don't know about Journey Sticks they are a simple way to make a walk with children that little bit more interesting. You need a stick, some coloured wool to represent different habitats (green for grass, blue for water, brown for tree trunks, yellow for flowers etc) and a keen eye! As you go on your walk, wrap the wool around the stick which best reflects where you are and then collect something from the ground to remind you of what you can see. So in a grassy lawn I might use the green wool to wrap around my stick and tie a daisy to it.
By the end of our walk, the children had created colourful Journey Sticks and took home a potted on lettuce too!
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