… it'll probably be quite quiet – well it is chucking it down with rain as is typical for a Bank Holiday Monday! Luckily that wasn't the case on Saturday though when The Wick was full of children all running around as part of an Easter Hunt in aid of the Woodland Trust.
Instead of having to find eggs, children instead had to collect five differently coloured tokens that were distributed across the site and then they could trade them in for a chocolate treat – all for the fantastic sum of just 50p per child.
As expected Little Miss C and her trusty rabbit took the hunting very seriously indeed.
What was lovely about this hunt is that it was spread over a really good sized space, meaning that there was ample opportunity for children to run around and burn off some energy and they also couldn't finish the hunt too quickly either! The tokens were not too easy to find – it took us a good five minutes before we found our first one – again adding to some of the challenge for the children.
After my recent post about how we need to encourage our children to explore the outdoors this was an excellent example of how it should be done. There were young children of LMC's age pointing out flowers among the undergrowth, kids exclaiming loudly when they spotted birds and squirrels and slightly older children climbing trees with gusto. Everywhere you looked there were children of all ages excitedly running through the woods and enjoying being outside in the fresh air.
Little Miss C seemed to have an absolute ball and her face completely lit up at the end when she realised that there was chocolate in it for her. One of her favourite phrases recently is "I like chocolate" – appropriate really for the time of year!
She also looked somewhat intrigued when she saw some of the older children up trees. I have a sneaky suspicion that it won't be too long before she's trying to do similar!