We have certainly had a busy time this week with two sessions out at Westerfolds Park in Templestowe. Lots of new and familiar faces! Our Monday session was a beautiful sunny day with lots of birdwatching with our new binoculars getting a great work out. We found Rainbow Lorikeets, Australian Magpies and watched a lovely White-faced heron glide in to land on a stag within the Yarra River. We discovered wombats and kangaroos live in the area as we found lots of their scats (poo!) around. Our nature-loving adventurous mums and kids took a detour along the river - a bit of off road pram work was required - but we all had a lovely walk admiring the peacefulness of the river.
Today was a busy session, and luckily the rain held out for us - although I had come prepared with lots of great rain play ideas!!
We enjoyed a longer walk today down to the Yarra River, crossing over Ruffey Creek and into a patch of remnant eucalypts. We set up 'camp' and went on a bug hunt. The kids were really in to it finding millipedes, slaters, moth casings, beetles, spiders and a friendly caterpillar. We created a sensory tray with lots of bark, leaves and sticks and made up stories with lots of different animal figurines.
Our next session is at Lysterfield Park - should be a great location for some nature discovery and play.... stay tuned for more details.