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Tree Collages

Tree Collages

25/02/2014

Tree Collages This activity can be done in small groups or a whole a class, or even as a family project. The task of making a tree collage involves all the kids working together to create a realistic picture of a tree on the ground or on a sheet. Children need to collect larger branches for the trunk, smaller pieces for the branches of the tree and then even smaller twigs for the thinner branches to make the outline, then adding fruit and of course leaves to make the tree more colo...

Bird Bingo

Bird Bingo

18/02/2014

Bird Bingo We found this fun activity on the brilliant Nature Detectives site. Children love the idea of bird watching but when it comes to sitting for long periods and waiting, they obviously have limited patience and shorter concentration spans. Also bird watching can be hit and miss depending on your garden or park - some have a wider variety of birds than others. This game makes it easy for children to succeed because it relies on...

Identifying trees from buds and twigs

Identifying trees from buds and twigs

18/02/2014

Identifying bare winter trees from buds and twigs We found this activity for the outdoors on Nature Detectives. This is an activity for your garden, park, nature walk or school playing field, pretty much anywhere you can find are a variety of trees. Normally we identify trees by their overall shape, their leaf shapes and their fruits or seeds. During the winter months trees are mostly bare and this makes it harder to identify what type they are (e....

WildlifeKate's Videos - The World in a Backyard

WildlifeKate's Videos - The World in a Backyard

16/01/2014

WildlifeKate's Video Site WildlifeKate is a blogger from Staffordshire who has set up a BRILLIANT site full of webcams of garden wildlife. Kate is, it's fair to say, a bit obsessed with encouraging wildlife into her garden. Lucky for us, she's also a bit obsessed with filming it, so she has set up loads of live streaming cameras for us to see. If you want to show children how amazing "ordinary" garden wildlife can be, and especially on days when the wea...

How To Feed The Birds - Setting Up Your Feeders

How To Feed The Birds - Setting Up Your Feeders

16/01/2014

Feeding The Birds - Sorting Out Your Bird Feeders Over the last few years the variety of bird seeds and feeders available has really multiplied and it's a big mind boggling. So where do you start if you want to help the birds in your garden or school? This is a really clear seven minute videos from The Wildlife Gardening Project on youtube about bird feeders in your garden. Laura explains the different types of food and how to put them out in ways which h...

How To Build A Bug Hotel - video

How To Build A Bug Hotel - video

16/01/2014

How To Build A Bug Hotel - Video This is a really well thought out, clear step by step video on how to make a bug hotel from The Wildlife Garden Project on youtube. Laura and her straw throwing (but very helpful) helper Abbie do a great job of showing you all the materials you can use, what each one is for and then how to put them all together. They are using recycled materials which are easy to get hold of. After watching this you'll feel really confide...

Hedgehog Home

Hedgehog Home

27/08/2013

Hedgehog Home This lovely step by step guide of instructions will show you how to make a wonderful home for hedgehogs you may find in your garden, or encourage wandering hedgehogs to make their home in your garden. Great if you want someone to eat your slugs!   Some of the project is adult led because of tools needed but kids will love helping with screwing and constructing their very own safe hedgehog box. On the printable PDF there are also cute tips and facts...

How to make a wormery

How to make a wormery

27/08/2013

How to make a wormery If you want to create a wormery which can last a bit longer than the jam jar temporary home, these simple instructions which we found on the Morrisons website, will help you to make one step by step. It gives a list of materials as well as easy to follow instructions. You can find a printable PDF of the instructions here. ...

Jar of Worms

Jar of Worms

27/08/2013

Jar of Worms This is a lovely blog on how to create a new home for worms you find in the garden. You don't need loads of room or equipment to make a simple wormery your child can enjoy for a few days and learn about how they burrow Using only a few simple steps and a jam jar, you can have your jar of worms ready in no time! We found it on the Not Just Cute website. Kids will love watching the worms make tunnels and wiggling their way through the jar or whatever othe...

Underground Animal Activities

Underground Animal Activities

27/08/2013

Underground Animal Activities Teaching kids about animals that live underground could at first seem like a messy task, but by doing these activities with them it enables them to learn about insects and other underground creatures whilst having fun at the same time! We found these great ideas over at Fantastic Fun and Learning. The first activity uses toy bugs to get kids started, rather than digging up the garden to find real underground creatures. This underground small wo...

Painted Birdbath

Painted Birdbath

13/08/2013

Painted Birdbath This is a really lovely project which can get kids to design and paint their very own birdbath for the garden. They can paint both pots separately if they remember that one has to be upside down when they get glued together. It is a great idea which we found on the lovely 'The Princess and The Frog' blog. It is a nice touch how they use fingerprints for flowers, they could also do bird related painting (for example, eggs and feathers) if they are fe...

Mini Nature Journal Printable

Mini Nature Journal Printable

13/08/2013

Mini Nature Journal Printable This is a printable PDF which folds together to create your own mini journal.   It is well thought out - giving sections where children can record, draw or glue items, but keeping the categories really broad like "I saw a big...." or "I found a beautiful..." This means all children can take part regardless of how big or small their local wildlife access is, and it allows children to use their imagination in what they pick, rathe...

Summer Spots

Summer Spots

23/07/2013

Summer Spots This worksheet is a fun thing for kids to do in their backyard, local park or on a family walk. We found it on the brilliant Nature Detectives website. It gives 12 signs of summer for kids to find and identify, some of which include different species of birds, butterflies and pollinators. It also includes sounds and smells for children to identify. You can find the printable worksheet here. ...

Caterpillar Hunt Sheet

Caterpillar Hunt Sheet

09/07/2013

Caterpillar Hunt Sheet This fun worksheet was found on the Nature Detectives section of the Woodland Trust website.   It's a great activity for children who can go out and hunt for caterpillars, and because this worksheet is designed to help them identify the characteristics of them (such as their texture and appearance) rather than individual species, it is particularly suitable for younger children. Y...

Make a Butterfly Feeder

Make a Butterfly Feeder

14/08/2012

Make a Butterfly Feeder This is a great idea that we found on Nature Detectives, the junior website of the Woodlands Trust. Butterflies love mashed up fruit, particularly bananas, and this feeder is a great way to encourage them into your garden. It's also a great way to use up a banana that's gone beyond even the realms of banana bread! You can find the instructions here....

Garden and Forest Olympic Games

Garden and Forest Olympic Games

29/06/2012

Garden Olympic Games We love some of the ideas on the Woodland Trust website for holding your very own Olympic Games. The Trust have pulled together their existing games which fit a competition or skill theme, and added some new ones. They include: - snail racing - worm charming - minibeast racing - woodland obstacle course - forest floor feat - balance challenge - hop sk...

Minibeast Garden Hunt

Minibeast Garden Hunt

25/05/2012

Minibeast Garden Hunt   Use this free downloadable sheet to track down the creepy crawlies in your garden. We found this colourful minibeast hunt on the Nature Detectives website run by the Woodlands Trust. Print some of these off for your kids and get them out checking off what they can see, or use them over a week to gradually tick off what you have seen on your walks. You can download the minib...

How to make a Lacewing Hotel

How to make a Lacewing Hotel

11/05/2012

How to Make a Lacewing Hotel This is a great project to be working on over the summer. We found it over at Garden Organic, the national charity for organic growing. They show you how to make a simple lacewing hotel from a plastic drink bottle. Lacewings can eat up to an incredible 10,000 aphids during their lifetime so are to be encouraged in any organic garden. They hibernate in September and October so make sure you have the...

Making A Bird Feeder

Making A Bird Feeder

20/04/2012

Making A Bird Feeder This lovely video comes from Dawn Isaac over at Little Green Fingers. Her adorable three year old Archie was off school with chicken pox and is showing us all how to make a bird feeder. If he can do it, so can we! There are also written instructions for making the feeder on the same article. Find both here....

Signs Of Spring Spotting Sheet

Signs Of Spring Spotting Sheet

17/03/2011

Signs Of Spring Spotting Sheet If you're trying to get children to observe the seasons changing in the garden or nearby countryside, this spotting sheet is perfect. Nine spring signs for children to find and identify. The sheet was devised by Dawn Isaac of Little Green Fingers The sheet can be found here. If clicking it doesn't successfully open the sheet on your browser, instead try right clicking and select 'save target as' and save it to a folder in your computer, you will th...

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