Barny & The Urban Adventure (minus the snail)!
Today’s post is in fact completely un-craft related.
Sit down. Shocking huh!
It is due to these little sponge bearswhich are individually wrapped & I got sent two packs free to try out & review on my blog. It gets better; because we were one of the first 50 to respond – a week later we actually got sent THIS.
It contained 2 more packs- which was fortunate because we were rather taken with them- and I can’t say there were any left. I am not known for my ability to consume anything aimed at kids- but these were really tasty (so much so, I can’t buy them too often or the kids won’t get a look in). They’re fab for kids lunchboxes too- oh, back to the beautifully wrapped parcel.
Also contained was a Bug Barn (for watching the creatures you’d (temporarily) captured before releasing them back into the wild unknown), a great book about creatures & two more packs of these chocolate or vanilla bears. Being the crafter that I am, I was obviously quite excited by the bear head ribbon that the bow was tied in !!
The idea was that we’d go on a nature adventure. Well, we decided to go all urban and see what we could find whilst waiting to pick up our eldest girls from school.
Before consuming the bears, the boys were understandably keen to introduce them to the wildlife in Liverpool city centre– and here it all is.
The boys found a ‘mushroom’ fairly early on. Despite the fact that foraging is a great pastime, we had a useful conversation about not eating things that ‘looked’ like mushrooms. Barny seemed fascinated.
Further along there was clear evidence for autumn- Barny was joined by his friend Barny & the two seemed rather keen to get into all pictures. Despite being an obviously tasty snack, they are pretty photogenic too- which is always useful when you scrapbook. Good to have subjects to enhance your scrapbook pages!
Still further along Jamie found a flower. Barny appeared more interested in the fact that it was clover & ubiquitous across most of the Uk’s lawns and grassed areas. Jamie was more interested in when the adventure was ending and the eating was to begin.
Having spotted a nearby tree- Will wondered why it was tethered to a piece of wood. Now before someone cracks a joke about scousers and making sure they couldn’t nick the tree… it was actually a great opportunity to talk about needing support when you’re young and getting established.
Just like these two monkeys & their sponge friends
These little friends were in fact, snack fodder. Easily polished off, the boy’s attention turned to the Bug Barn.
By this point daughter no.3 had arrived & wanted to try and catch something in the tiny perspex pot so they could study its behaviour in the barn. How she managed it, I do not know, but her first specimen was, in fact a FLY! That girl must have lightening reflexes, or the fly was winding down for the weekend. Either way, they all viewed this little fly buzzing around the barn whilst Will was keen to know whether it was of the stinging variety. Once released, they found a few little bugs & each one was surreptitiously stuffed into the barn within an inch of its life, stared at- occasionally rolled around a la barrel style when the barn got knocked & then released again.
Alas, this new found interest had two downsides.
I HATE spiders. In the lovely book was a page full of photos of insects and spiders printed onto a transparent plastic. Left in certain places (like the floor), these ‘stickers’ took on a whole lifelike persona & freaked me out more than a couple of times.
The second issue was when the boys decided to capture mini snails for ‘study’. Half the greenery from the front was bundled into the barn along with two very shocked baby snails. One was named something rather peculiar (which escapes me) & the other ‘Marvin’. All was well. These snails appeared to be marvellous companions.. and then Marvin got lost.
A lost snail is never a good thing- particularly in your lounge.
Bless him, he must have legged it (as much as you can without legs, nor speed).
Occasionally we see Marvin (or his remains).
Little snail trails across the lounge floor. He’s obviously been out during the evening.
Revenge for being enslaved in a blue and grey plastic barn.
Despite all of this- we did have a rather fun adventure. I still reserve the rights to buy a packet of the chocolate bears & not inform my kids that I have them. They will need hiding..
but not anywhere that Marvin might find them!! x