Life Lately- February 2018

So Little Miss DaylightExplorer is 5 months old!


The little love arrived 3 weeks early (and VERY quickly!) and has kept us on our toes ever since! She has a full head of hair and the cutest of smiles (mother’s bias I know!) but she hates sleeping and tummy time. I have really been enjoying maternity leave and have made sure I get out and about to do some exploring (ok so it has been mainly local haunts but it’s a start!).

We try and go for regular walks with new friends and even enjoyed Baby Massage classes. I look forward to all the things we will do when she is a little bit older.

I have missed this blog and am planning a few changes over the next few weeks including a change in appearance and a slight change in focus. These changes will probably happen slowly and when the BIG BOSS allows it but I cannot wait to get stuck back in.

So how are you? I would love to hear what you have been up to so please feel free to leave a comment below!





Respect each other.

Include others.

Ears- be a good listener!

Need anything? Think how you can help a friend out.

Different- We embrace our differences.


How are you? Take an interest in others.

In a world where you can be anything, be kind.



This week it is Anti-Bullying Week, coordinated by the Anti-Bullying Alliance. I am always keen to get the children thinking about the positives of friendship and so found this to be a nice activity to get the children to think about what friendship means.

What would your words be? Please share in the comments below!

Some Favourite Blogs and Websites (the October Edition)



Wow what a catchy blog title! Over recent months I have discovered some absolutely fantastic blogs and websites that have become favourite regular reads and I wanted to share them with you!

  1. Mud and Nettles – I was so pleased to discover Mud and Nettles earlier in the year. Clare is a mum of three who is passionate about getting children outdoors. She is also my go to person for geocaching advice and inspiration!
  2. Moontrug – Author Abi Elphinstone has not only written a cracking book but she also writes a great blog with reviews of children’s fiction. She may be one of the reasons I have no money at the end of the month….#buyallthebooks
  3. This Little Class of Mine– Nellie Mitchell is an art teacher from the US and I could spend hours reading through her blog posts and getting ideas for art in the classroom (and many can be done at home too!)
  4. Wildlife Watch from the Wildlife Trust is a super place for kids to go if they love wildlife and nature!
  5. Sci Show Kids and Crash Course Kids- I am a huge fan of the Vlogbrothers Hank and John Green and I love the Youtube community that has sprung up around them. Sci Show Kids and Crash Course Kids are great additions to the Youtube family and a great hit for those kids who want to explore all those curious topics that make them wonder ‘why?’.

What are your current favourite blogs and websites to visit? These are just a small taster of some current favourites and I will definitely be sharing more soon! Thanks for reading! And one last thing…the Daylight Explorers are now on Bloglovin’! It would be fantastic if you could follow us on there!

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The Big Draw 2015


Happy ‘The Big Draw’ Month! October 1st saw the start of a national campaign to celebrate all things drawing related!

“The Big Draw is the world’s biggest drawing festival with thousands of enjoyable, and mainly free, drawing activities which connect people of all ages with museums, outdoor spaces, artists, designers, illustrators – and each other.

The Big Draw is for anyone who loves to draw, as well as those who think they can’t!”

If you want to find out more information have a look at the Big Draw Website. There are also lots of local events taking place around the country. Cambridge was lucky enough to see a range of events taking place at the beginning of the month and I went along to one of them. The activities were organised by Cambridge BID who “represents a collection of 1,100 shops, bars, cafés, attractions, entertainment and services in the City Centre and we strive to ensure that visitors, locals and businesses enjoy a vibrant, safe and clean environment.”


I went along to the event held in the Grafton Centre and it was lovely to chat to the people leading the session and the families taking part. Aimed at both adults and children it was wonderful seeing people putting pencil (and other materials!) to paper and being creative. A huge thank you to the families below who were happy for me to take pictures as they concentrated on their art!



A huge thank you to Cambridge BID who were happy to share some of their own images of events I couldn’t make it to!

Guildhall 12

Round Church 2

Guildhall 2

And the beauty of the Big Draw (and art in general) is you can do it any time and any place. My favourite drawing spot at the moment is curled up on the sofa under a cosy blanket. Do you enjoy drawing? Where are your favourite spots for pulling out the sketchbook? The Daylight Explorers would love to hear about them!

The ‘So Good I Had to Share’ Post


This week I have found myself repeatedly hitting the favourite button on Twitter. Seriously Twitter stop being so interesting! Some of them I just had to share on the blog!

Are you a poet? Check out the Wildlife Trust poetry competition which is suitable for all ages.

I am so excited by the University of Cambridge Summer at the Museums programme, check it out here! I love this city!

Very excited to read the list of winners for the UKLA Book Awards. I adore Oliver and the Seawigs by Sarah McIntyre and Philip Reeve and recommend it to everyone.

Astro Space Challenge with Tim Peake? Yes please!

Love to learn about new birds!

Thanks for letting me share! Please let me know if you find any of the links useful. I am also looking to create a new series on the blog this summer which showcases people’s explorations. I would love to interview you to find out your favourite places to explore, who you like to explore with etc. If you are interested feel free to contact me on Twitter or check out my About page for more contact details. I look forward to hearing from you!

A Hearty Welcome

Hello and welcome to the Daylight Explorers, a blog for families and teachers! Daylight Explorers has been set up as a way to help children, their families and teachers explore the world of Cambridgeshire and beyond. Our aim is to share with you places to visit, fantastic books to read, interesting information about nature and so much more!

Over the coming weeks the blog will be undergoing development so please check back to see the changes we have made! Coming soon- a fantastic 30 days challenge to get you out and about in nature!