The sun was certainly shining down on us for our second Woodland Adventurers session this term, as we eagerly headed out into the woods, wearing even fewer layers than last week. We were greeted with a very welcome sight as we walked through the first field into the woods; what appeared to be hundreds of sheep with their newborn lambs, some of them only days old.
Indeed, it was surprising to see so many sheep in one place, even more so for the children who are welcoming only their third spring on this earth.
All the children were amazed by the sheep, particularly one little boy who kept repeating over and over again ‘more sheep‘, as if he couldn’t really believe his eyes. Yet another example of how when I adjust my viewing lens, the way I look at the world, and really connect and listen to what young children are actually saying, I am blown away by their wisdom and the many wonders nature presents us with everyday. Yes there were many sheep, and yes isn’t that amazing.
The children’s awe was infectious. All the adults stared at the sheep with fresh eyes, watching the lambs frolic, feed and follow their mothers. The one down side to these new arrivals was that we really had to watch our step, to avoid the many piles of sheep dung which littered our path! The stream proved very useful, therefore, for not only playing poo sticks in, but also washing sheep poo off our wellies! All the more reason to still wear over-trousers even in dry spring weather, to protect our clothing from animal dung as well as mud and brambles, which children are always attracted to and manage to find, even on very dry days. Continue reading Woodland Adventurers head further afield