As you know by now, my twins are in Reception and on Monday they had their school trip. I put my name down to help and hoped I got picked, there are only so many parents needed so not everyone gets to go.
I haven’t been able to go on many school trips with my older two kids because I always had a younger one at home and no one to babysit. This upset me a lot. Especially with my daughter who seemed to need me to go with her but it was impossible when my twins were babies/toddlers. Even if there had been someone available to have them, they couldn’t have because my twins would NOT be looked after by anyone else and it was a bit of a big ask of someone who wasn’t used to looking after two babies at the same time!
Anyway, so last year I went on the Nursery trip and this year I was chosen to go on the Reception trip. Part of me thinks I was chosen because my twins are very clingy, and if I wasn’t going then they would have to stay with their teacher because no way would they be in a group with a STRANGER!!!!! I don’t mind whatever the reason though, I was pleased to accompany my little boys and share their little experience.
We went to the Chiltern Open Air Museum. The museum is in an area of outstanding natural beauty and is dedicated to saving the houses and buildings from our history that may otherwise have been demolished. It’s a fascinating place to visit and is used as the backdrop of many films and TV productions.
My boys, excited on the coach just about to leave! When we got there we were split into groups to do different activities. Our group had the Three Little Pigs story read to them, then we went into the woods to build the houses that pigs built. You can almost see a little pig in amongst the straw house if you look closely!
I didn’t get as many photo’s as I would’ve liked and I’ve obviously covered the faces of the other children to protect their privacy but we did lots of activities on our visit. We collected leaves and other natural materials to make a mask of the Big Bad Wolf, the children ran about in the many open fields, we looked around the old buildings including farms and workshops and we also watched a traditional Blacksmith in action!
The weather was glorious, even though the BBC weather had forecast rain (always wrong!) and like all school trips, there was lots of walking involved….. meaning that myself and my little boys fell asleep on the coach on the way home!! How embarrassing hehe!
The Chiltern Open Air Museum is a lovely place to visit on a warm summers day. There’s not oodles of stuff to see but it’s a very calm, peaceful place which gives you a sense of times gone by.