Cow pats and barbed wire – learning in the countryside

country living, cows, mumof2, hidden dangers, barbed wire, barbedwirecountry living, hidden dangers, mumof2Ah…the countryside and an idyllic place to just smell the fresh air and cow dung. Oops! I meant smell the fresh air and walk into some great things that will teach you and your kids a lesson or two.

I have previously posted about various ways of learning and I am a great advocate of learning with real tools. How else would you learn to ride a bike with no hands or that ocean currents are extremely strong even though you can see them?

Every Summer, some of the fields near our house are filled with some beautiful cows and their calves. It really is a lovely sight to see and a great change to walks and thought processes. Apart from the boys learning that animals (no matter how big) should be respected (just as the sea should be I might add), there are a few other things they could learn along the way.

  1. Cow pats stink and provide a lot of hard work to remove from shoes if you don’t watch out for them!
  2. Just because an animal looks docile, does not mean it is.
  3. If you look carefully, there is wire with spikes on it that will hurt if you just ran into it but provides us with useful protection at the same time.
  4. Sometimes, touching and feeling things gives you a better understanding and if you are careful when doing so, it won’t hurt. (apologies for the fuzziness of the photo – I was concentrating on the fingers and barbed wire!)

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There are some things in life that are better learned from experience and well of course there are others that are better learnt from books (like snake bites hurt and can kill!) I want the boys to have the freedom to enjoy themselves at the same time as learning to keep an eye out for the hidden elements, both good and bad.


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24 thoughts on “Cow pats and barbed wire – learning in the countryside”

    1. To be fair, Iona, they weren’t sure at first about touching it. So I showed them how to gently do it myself first and then they did it. They were surprised it didn’t hurt but both said that it looks like it could be quite sore if you were to just run through it. x

  1. First hand is one of the best ways to learn and experience life, it’s a tricky balance between giving them the freedom to explore and trusting them to keep themselves safe. Respecting nature and it’s power is a great start, thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.
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    1. That it is Fiona, although walking past cows and their calves with our dogs means I change my route to avoid any mishaps. maybe I am a bit of a scardy cat lol! Thanks for stopping by x

    1. Bees are the tricky ones as Bumble Bees tend to just do their own thing where as the swarming bees are a bit temperamental so I agree on keeping an eye with bees! And we had a lot of wasps last summer and not as many bees which was really strange. x

  2. What a great post, think children don’t get enough credit and learn about important things when done in a relaxed non formal way. Great way to have a nice day out but learn about important safety things that children will come across when playing in the outdoors.

    1. Thank you – it’s the same as learning about dock leaves and stinging nettles grow together. Now that one we all learnt the hard way as I hadn’t grown up with stinging nettles so had no idea what they looked like lol! x

    1. Oh Mummy Bear I find the letting go of the reins so tricky sometimes and then have to have a stern conversation with myself that I had a lot of fun when I was their age doing the same things x

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