Pond Dipping #50things

I really love the fact that my Mum renewed my national trust membership for another year as my Christmas present (and there is a sentence I never thought I would say 10 years ago!!). As I have mentioned on here a few times now, our nearest NT property is Arlington Court which is only a short drive away  and I love taking the boys there. I love the fact that they can run around to their hearts content and climb, explore, jump, shout and laugh and I don’t have to be constantly telling them to stop like I do indoors.

What I love about the National Trust is that since they started their 50 Things iniative , it is now a fantastic place to take children because of the activities they put on for kids. One of this school holiday’s events is pond dipping so I took the boys on Tuesday to have a go. It was brilliant fun and I enjoyed it just as much as they did to be honest. The couple of members of the NT team were on hand to help and offer advice on what pond life inhabitants we discovered.  The best discoveries were a tadpole by Jenson and a newt by Burton.

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The boys would have happily continued pond dipping all afternoon – we will be going back for some more pond dipping fun very soon.
35. Discover what’s in a pond – done!

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18 comments / Add your comment below

  1. This looks like fun, my kids would love this! We love going to any National Trust park, but we don’t have membership yet. But I am tempted. 🙂 I found your blog via country kids, looking forward to reading more! 🙂

  2. How amazing that we were both doing the same thing this week! I loved seeing how excited the kids were to see tadpoles swimming about. Looks like an amazing resource on your doorstep & I agree children are so much happier outside & it’s less stressful for the adults. Thanks for your support.

  3. The NT 50 things list is a great incentive to get families out and having fun outdoors! It looks like the boys enjoyed discovering the pond life and the space to explore and have fun together. Thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

  4. This post captures my heart!!! I was fascinated by pond dipping as a child – you never knew what you would find. We had a pond in the backyard and I would spend hours fishing out anything I could get my little hands on. It was in Southwest Michigan, my favorite finds were tadpoles and eastern newts too. It appears you found both above. Now we are in South Florida – I can only imagine the differences in the pond finds! Thank you so much for the share and bringing back some very fond memories!

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