Our eagerly awaited 30 Days Wild pack arrived in the post today. I don’t know who was more excited, me or the girls! We took it outside to open so we could spread out in the sunshine.
C immediately claimed the badge for herself, and spent the rest of the day proudly wearing her ‘medal’ (she is only 2 and a half after all!). JoJo made a bee-line for the Random acts of wildness cards, mainly so she could chew them! I had a quick look at our selection of cards, fortunately they were mostly toddler and baby friendly, before letting C select todays card.
Number 23- Sketch something up close. Pay attention to detail.
I fetched the drawing paraphernalia, and we got comfy in the shade of a large sycamore. Why can you never, ever find a pencil sharpener when you need one? I guess they must be all hanging out with the odd socks, wherever they are!
I also gathered some things I thought might be good to draw, and asked C to do the same. Then we each picked something. C chose to draw the dessicated bee that I had found a few weeks ago. I settled on a piece of grass, laden with seed. JoJo wasn’t left out. She had a fun ‘sensory experience’ with some pine cones and a twig, twirling them in her fingers and bashing them on the ground.
It was quite a surreal experience, as I haven’t drawn anything in such detail for a long, long time. It took me back to the Zoology lab, where we used to make scientific sketches in practical classes. I was never very good at it then! The pencil seemed too fat, the grass too fine, and I think I might need an eye test as I couldn’t see the detail on the seeds!!
C took a more ‘abstract’ approach, adorning her bee with a green jumper to cover his yellow stripes! She enjoyed touching the bee, stroking its fuzzy back and gossamer wings. She wasn’t concerned it would sting her, in fact she thought it a very friendly bee exclaiming “look Mummy, it’s waving” when a breeze blew it across her page!
All in all I was quite pleased with our 2nd ‘wild’ activity. It kept my two free spirits grounded for 20 minutes, and let me reminisce about care free student days!