Beaumont Park – Huddersfield.

I must start by apologizing for not posting in such a long while. I have had so much to do recently that I honestly don’t feel like I have stopped. Anyway i’l try do a few posts over the next few days, just to give some feedback  on the adventures we have had recently and how much fun (and the learning experiences) that we have all had.

fullsizerender-1We are fortunate to live in a lovely place with some amazing parks. Beaumont Park has to be one of our favourites for many reasons. There is so much space for the children to run around, open fields to run & play ball games in, two fantastic play areas, a band stand which the little ones love dancing in & if you are brave enough, some woods which are fantastic for exploring nature.

We visited on Friday and the weather seemed temperamental so I made sure the little ones were wrapped up warm. The thing I love about children is how the weather really doesn’t bother them. Come rain or shine, I guarantee if the option to go to the park was there they would go. We were joined by little A (2) today and she loved the park so much that she cried when it was time to leave.

I parked the car at the end closest to the visitor centre as i’d been told by a fellow HE mum that you could pick up a ‘Monty’s Tree Trail’ booklet  and I thought that would be something that would be interesting for my Keira. It included a really handy map which Keira found fascinating – we both couldn’t believe how big the park actually was.

We then started walking & running along the paths, looking for the Monty Snail markings hiding amongst the trees. Scarlett (2) has recently become really sociable so we had to stop & talk to everyone. We stroked every dog, spoke to the gardener who was so lovely and gave all 3 girls a small bouquet of flowers each. Unfortunately they didn’t last very long and by the end of the visit most bouquets were now headless.

The girls then discovered lots of squirrel nuts and proceeded to fill their pockets with as many as possible. A (2) enjoyed it the most and her pockets were heaving with nuts. We were also privileged to see a squirrel jump from tree to tree and then jump to the floor in front of us, collect some nuts and run away again. The girls loved it.

We then reached the pond – unfortunately we never ever see any signs of life when we visit. Maybe we are just too noisy? However I have been told by a friend that they have seen frogs & tadpoles before.

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After this we proceeded to the play areas. You are fortunate to have the choice of two – One larger one and one smaller. I prefer the smaller one as I feel the children have more opportunities to use their imaginations and I absolutely love just sitting and watching them role play. There are little trees that they can hide amongst, a really cool tunnel, a climbing frame and a tyre swing which can comfortably sit 4 children on. Because of all the nuts also in this play area, we spent a lot of time in there. Little A is like a magpie and spent at least 20 minutes collecting nuts and making little piles.

During this visit we didn’t actually go in other play area but this has a slide, swings, a climbing frame, rocking animals, wooden stepping stones and another wooden climbing structure just outside it. Lots to do for little explorers.

Because of the size of the park, the possibilities really are endless when it comes to spending time here. Bringing a scooter or bike is a great idea and if you have a dog its a wonderful park for dog walking too 🙂

Hope you have enjoyed this review.

J x

So this week I have set myself the challenge to spend as little money as possible.

We have been home educating for over 5 weeks now and initially I planned so many activities/days out to ensure the girls days were as ‘fulfilling’ as possible but I spent an absolute fortune.

More experienced Home Educators have said to me that HE can be as cheap or expensive as you want it to be and they are completely right.

Today was a working day for me and we were joined by L (3) and A (2). I absolutely love Monday’s as both little ones are fantastic and get on so well with Keira & Scarlett too.

We starteIMG_3742d the morning making fruit salad which the little ones really enjoyed. Through my job as a childminder I follow the EYFS and the topic we are looking at this week is ‘healthy eating’ so getting them to learn about and try new fruit seemed appropriate. They did some drawings and coloring of fruit which we then stuck on the wall.
All the little ones then helped me get the picnic ready, ready for our day at the park.

We are fortunate that where we live there are plenty of lovely parks and outdoor areas. Today I decided to take the journey to Manor Heath Park in Halifax which all the children love. We were joined by a fellow HE mummy and her two children, J (4) & I (2) and it was lovely to see the relationships continue to build between all the children.

We spent time in the butterfly garden & they loved watching the fish and the terrapins. We then ran around the walled garden (queue me panicking that i’d lost Keira who thought hiding would be a good idea!) They played in the water area and spent a lot of time in the outdoor playground. All the children had waterproofs & wellies on so even when it rained it wasn’t too bad. Did find though that for the little ones in the puddlesuits slides are lethal! Ha. We even managed to eat our picnic sitting outside once the rain had taken a break. Scarlett just decorated the floor with our lovingly prepared fruit salad!

It was honestly a brilliant day and I spent … (drumroll please!) just £1.00!!

It cost me £1.00 for me & 4 little ones to enter the Butterfly Garden! A good result if you ask me. If you are looking for a nice day out I highly recommend this park. There is also a cafe onsite, public toilets (though you pay 20p for the privilege) and an outdoor gym area so plenty to do for all ages.

Tomorrow is my day off work and I have the dreaded meeting with the council lady about my HE journey! I will most definitely do a post on this at some point during the week and let you all know how it went. The lady I spoke to seemed pretty nice on the phone though so I have my fingers crossed.

Oh & just had to share this adorable picture of Keira & Scarlett cuddling up before bed tonight. Scarlett loves having her hair brushed & Keira is more than happy to play the role of hairdresser.

x Jenna x

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