Strangely he wasn't inspired by the first challenge though - he obviously wasn't in the mood for pond-dipping! Much as I am sure he and his brothers would enjoy it, I was happy for him to swap it for a different suggestion, which he took as carte-blanche to go through all the slips and choose his favourite! He was tempted by a few, mostly those involving our own garden, so we agreed on cloud-watching, especially when we saw what a beautiful sunny day it was with a variety of pretty clouds in the sky...
We grabbed a few books on weather to take with us and help us identify which clouds we could see (this one by Robin Kerrod was the most helpful), and Eldest quickly found some cirrus, cirrocumulus and cumulonimbus - what a great selection!
We all lay on picnic rugs in the sunshine and looked out to see what shapes/ pictures we could spot in the clouds, while listening to peaceful birdsong, the bleating of sheep in the distance, and a funny squirrel chattering his complaints at us. I took photos of the cloud shapes that we saw, and the boys drew pictures (although Youngest has sadly lost his sheet already!)...
When the boys were ready to come inside I printed off some of the photos I had taken so they could add the outines of their shapes. We saw lots of amazing things (apologies for quality of second images as they are photos of photos - but you get the idea!)...
an alien spaceship
a dolphin (my favourite)
a fire-breathing dragon
and a viking longship