This year we are determined to get more creative with our nature studies. For years we have been heading out once a week or once a fortnight for a little amble and to draw a couple of natural factual things in our nature notebooks… and if we do discover some major finds then we bring them home to the nature garden and we may or may not look them up in our reference books. It has been very relaxed, remember more than half our school are pre-schoolers… But the time has come to up our game somewhat!!! And to this end we have a to of Eco-projects planned for this year… and as warm up we discovered this fantastic book about Kirstenbosch.
We have blogged about Kirstenbosch before, it is one of our favourite spots for an easy family walk. They are are National Botanical Gardens and full of endless interesting and exciting things to look at.
Also this year the gardens are One Hundred Years Old and I think it is going to be an exciting year of happenings and events at the gardens. On the first Saturday of each month there is going to be a One Hundred Years Old.
We usually visit during the Winter school holidays, when entrance is free for scholars but this weekend we decided mid-summer to spend an afternoon exploring and findings that we had learnt about in the book… and we had such fun exploring places we hadn’t been before and reading interesting facts as we went on our way. Also, it was surprisingly quiet and peaceful… not nearly as crowded as we had expected for a Saturday afternoon in January!!!
The book contains five routes through the garden, which carefully cover the main features of the gardens… what I like is that we read the book in advance and when we reached certain spectacular plants or garden features we were able to talk about them and confirm what we had learnt. How often we have visited before and when someone asked a question about a plant, a bug or a tree we could perhaps name it and look up one or two things in a field guide and move along…
But this little handbook is fabulous, it adds a bit of a story… so it will tell you a bit about a particular tree, how it came to be planted there and a number of distinctive features… it really is a great read.
It is the kind of book that a child can follow easily and would make a great gift for a child who is interested in the great outdoors… there are maps to make sure that you are on the right track and special features to look out for along the way… not to mention a number of living landmarks to find through out the gardens.
This book is a great book for children to get to grips with their surroundings… not just a bunch of plants, but what to listen out for, what plants to stop and smell… which insects you will find where… and there was mention of the mountain tortoise… that we did indeed come across… the most energetic tortoise we have ever met… careering around the lawns at speed!!!
So what do we have to Give Away? Two sets of Family Tickets. Tickets for two adults and two school age children (children under six are free). Two of them!!!
This GiveAway works in the usual way, comment before the end of Sunday, 27 January and we will draw and publish the winner after that. I won’t respond to your comments as I do on our other posts because I don’t want to be included in our own giveaway. Our GiveAways are open to everyone: If you have won a GiveAway before never fear – enter away. Naturally this GiveAway is open to readers than can get to Kirstenbosch and visit the gardens in the next couple of weeks. Good luck and get commenting!!!
We would like to thank The Hippo Communications Team for the 2 Family Tickets they arranged for us to GiveAway. We were not paid in any way for this post and the opinions expressed were entirely our own.