Collecting Leaves {The Ordinary Moments}

If there’s one thing the children have loved since they were first able to walk it’s collecting leaves. Wherever we are and whatever we’re doing the children will find leaves to pick up, hold onto and ultimately take home with us, wanting to keep them safe forever.

Collecting Leaves {The Ordinary Moments}

Both Little Man and LP love to pick up leaves. They’re like homing pigeons where leaves are concerned and even if there are just one or two on the ground the children will find them, picking them up and saving them from their life on the floor.

Those leaves will get scrunched up into pockets or held tightly, waved like flags and then put somewhere for safe keeping – the bottom of a pushchair, the footwell of the car or the change bag. But, the one thing the leaves always have in common is that, as much as the children love them, they are inevitably forgotten about – found crispy and broken days, weeks or even months later.

But, the children don’t mind. Whatever time of year there’s always something to pick up and collect. When winter rolls into spring they’ll pick daisies to make a chain, shoots of grass and dandelions. Their leaf collecting will turn into flower collecting and they’ll be equally as happy – and the flowers will be discarded much like the leaves when something else attracts their attention.

I can’t imagine a day when LP and Little Man don’t notice every time detail of the world around them, picking things up and collecting them. They have done it since their first steps and I know they’ll keep doing it – looking, investigating, saving and collecting. Our two little magpies.

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  • Donna Wishart

    Donna Wishart is married to Dave and they have two children, Athena (12) and Troy (11). They live in Surrey with their two cats, Fred and George. Once a Bank Manager, Donna has been writing about everything from family finance to days out, travel and her favourite recipes since 2012. Donna is happiest either exploring somewhere new, with her camera in her hand and family by her side or snuggled up with a cat on her lap, reading a book and enjoying a nice cup of tea. She firmly believes that tea and cake can fix most things.

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  1. My girls are the same – they collect leaves, conkers, flowers, shells the list goes on. I often have pockets full of random bits they ask me to look after! #ordinarymoments

  2. This is so lovely and a reminder that something so simple can make the small people so happy.

    We found a flowerpress on a car boot sale years ago and Bess (who was a daisy picker at the time) was absolutely overjoyed when we sat down and pressed some. I must dig it out for Moose.

  3. It’s so funny what they hoard isn’t it? Ours won’t let me get rid of those awful leaflets that routinely get dropped through the letterbox. Sorry I missed last week x

  4. I love how kids see treasures in every part of life. I love how they cling to stones and leaves like they are so precious – You should have a competition for your kids to find the biggest leaf haha x #ordinarymoments

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