Does spring makes you creative?

This blog post is by Nicola Baird sharing ideas about thrifty, creative and eco-friendly ways to raise children. Here are two tried and tested ideas to welcome that spring feeling. For more info about parenting see my book Homemade Kids, or for my website click here 

Two things I’ve noticed during this late March 2012 spell of amazing sunny weather and blue skies. (Note I’m trying to avoid thinking about the high smog levels, see previous post/quiz here, and the unseasonal dry).

1)  If you can find a way to prise people (adults, children) off a computer you may be surprised by what’s created. The pic is of Nell’s nest. It’s made from grass cuttings collected from a Hertfordshire cafe (actually a wonderful farm shop on the A10 near Puckeridge) and five of her favourite brown stones. She couldn’t get it to balance in a tree, so it’s been moved to a sunny spot. Not sure what will hatch out – dragons? yellow yetis? West Ham footballers? Chocolate? But it’s fun to imagine our stone age “chicks” before they hatch.

2) If you fill your house with animals, and then give those animals (eg, ducklings) away your house starts looking huge. A very clever trick for anyone who can’t afford to move... or for appeasing partners who aren’t so keen on indoor pets. The other pic shows Berry and Walden being introduced to their new deluxe home in Hertfordshire. Cross fingers they avoid predators and learn to use their wings, big webbed feet etc soon. Then they’ll have the run of a massive pond and dare I say it (seeing as it wasn’t bought on a political expense account) a floating duck house.

Over to you
What creative things do you plan to do on Wednesday when the school teachers strike to balance work, childcare and spring sunshine?

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