The kids and I do a lot of walking, which is the perfect opportunity to pay close attention to the world outside and make every trip out a little adventure of our very own, even if we're just going to the shop!
In the last few weeks we have enjoyed nature and taken time to stop and look at the spider fixing his web, the snail hiding from the cold, the bee on the fence having a rest from flying on a windy day.
We have kicked through leaves on our walks down the lanes, and E found a particularly pretty leaf that she brought home with her to keep after our trip to town. It's so nice that she is able to spot beauty in the smallest things and really appreciate her surroundings.
On our train journey back from a day in London, E was gazing out of the window, almost asleep, and remarked how pretty the sky was - the sun was setting and the evening sky was a stunning show of red, orange & yellow. I thought how really quite lovely it was of a 3.5 year old to appreciate a sunset.
Of course little ones (and big ones) need fuel to go on these little adventures, and I like to try and keep their lunches interesting for them. Currently we're trying out bento style boxes like the one pictured below - cheese & ham tortilla pinwheels are a nice twist on a traditional sandwich, with little pots of their favourite fruit & a delicious Barny bear sponge cake as a tasty treat.