Monday, February 18, 2013

I-spy at Waterperry Gardens

Today we spent the morning at Waterperry Gardens near Oxford. It's the first time I've been and it seemed like a lovely place with plenty to see and a really lovely garden which must be a great place to take the kids in the Summer.  I'm not sure if there is a membership which makes the entrance cheaper, as it was one of those standard places where it costs a bomb to get in and then the cafe is also extortionate.  I have no idea why places need to charge so much for entrance and then still insist that a sandwich should be £4.  The (lovely) venison and juniper stew was almost £10 for a rather measily portion. But I digress.

The point of this post is to talk about what we did there.  They had a half term activity which was an A-Z I-spy in the gardens.  Easy to organise and administrate! Just an A4 sheet with all the letters on and a space to write in what you see.  No wrong answers!

They'd made life a bit easier with a couple of posters of things like X-rays and Queens, but all in all there was plenty to find.  The Bug enjoyed thinking of what letter things began with, and the Bean happily worked out how to write things down.  We spent over an hour walking round the garden which is pretty amazing on a cold day.  And there was a free flapjack in the cafe as a prize.

I will certainly be making up some sheets like this to take with us on days out. What an easy way to keep their attention while you get to have a look around.  The girls loved it.

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