Kim and her three young children love adventure, but they felt like their outdoor time was too often lost to the cosy temptation of the sofa, a piece of cake and a television screen. Kim had fond memories of a childhood spent playing outdoors and was determined to give her children a freer and wilder childhood, with more time outside for exploring and learning about the world around them. 30 Days Wild provided the perfect opportunity to make her family wilder.
Inspired by the annual nature challenge, they spent their weekends hunting for fossils on Monmouth Beach, joined a snowdrop planting session and celebrated a birthday with a 2-minute beach clean. They even helped to rescue more than 60 crabs from a discarded plastic fishing net!
However, the real challenge came when it was time for the children to go back to school. As Kim says, “It can be hard to find time for these kinds of activities with all the usual commitments of the regular working week. Which is really when time spent amongst nature is at its most beneficial.”
Kim and her children squeezed in Random Acts of Wildness wherever they could, looking for slow worms on the walk home from school, feeding the village ducks or spotting red clover, ox-eye daisy and yellow rattle near a local play park. “It may have only been two minutes of flower hunting, but it was two minutes well spent and a lovely way to relax after a long day.”
Kim and her family saw and learnt so much during their wonderfully wild month, and it inspired them to hunt out small Random Acts of Wildness as often as they can all year round. This year they will be taking up the 30 Days Wild challenge again, aiming to share videos of their outdoor antics. You can read all about their 30 Days Wild as it unfolded on their blog.