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Scavenger hunt with the girls

The humble egg carton is my favourite prop for scavenger hunts – perfect for keeping six little treasures separate, and easy for the littles to keep track of what’s left to find. Just write your list on a piece of paper and stick it on to the lid of the carton for a guaranteed good time.

Yesterday is was the turn of Dromoland Castle woods for us to descend on for our scavenger hunt and it didn’t disappoint. Check, check, check Molly and her good friend Anna stayed focused until all the smiley faces were ticked.

After their first year of junior infants it was fascinating to watch the girls figure out the words for themselves and discuss the options. They didn’t want to pick up any feathers, in case they fell from sick birds!!, and there was a chorus of ewwwww’s around every corner while looking for a slimy thing :)

Here’s what they found:
– something round: circle-ish shaped leaves
– something hard: stones
– something smelly: a flower (nothing pongy!)
– something feathery: moss
– something slimy: handfuls of mud
– something pretty: dairy, buttercup, heart shaped leaf, more flowers (the pretty corner was very full :)

read on for more pics from our fun afternoon – and a falcon, maze, dragon cave and giant chess!!

Dromoland Estate is such a treasure trove for kids, I’m always struck by how many parents haven’t been there – thinking it’s more for the wealthy tourists than for them. Just do what I do – drive up to the hotel carpark, open the car doors and let the littles off to explore – the woods and walled garden, feed the swans and ducks, keep your eyes peeled for deer and squirrel, look for fairies in the base of the trees, take a carriage ride through the woods, gaze at the awesome lotus flowers and lily pads in the pond, climb, run, dance in the gazebo – and even meet the estate Falcon!!! it’s an incredible resource right there on our doorstep.

this guy was so funny – a Crocodile Dundee like character with accent, tighter than should be allowed pants and a twinkle in his eye for the female residents. They were eating out of his falcon-gloved hands – ‘the castle romeo’ for sure :))


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