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Make Your Own Birdfeeder

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Animal Footprint Trap

 

I saw this idea on my facebook feed and thought what a lovely idea it would be to see what might be exploring in your garden at night. The video I have selected is one of the easiest ones to do but there are plenty of other demonstrations on facebook. The black plastic can be substituted for cardboard (just make sure you don't put it out on a night when it is forecast to rain) and ink can be exchanged for food dye. Hopefully you will be able to get some tracks!

 

 

Make a Mini Wormery

 

Step by step

  1. Collect some worms from the garden. Look in the compost heap, under stones in damp places or dig a hole.
  2. Cut the top ¼ off the bottle, to make a lid. Make a slit in the side of the lid so that the top can close over the bottom part.
  3. Fill the bottle with alternating layers of sand, soil, sand, compost, sand etc. Spray each layer with water so that it is damp.
  4. Add a few worms to the top of the bottle and watch them burrow down. Then add the ‘food’ to the top. Wash hands well after handling worms and compost.
  5. Wrap the black cardboard around the bottle to make it dark. Worms do not like light and it will encourage them to burrow around the outside of the bottle so they can be observed.
  6. Place the wormery in a warm place. Remove the cardboard for observation periods and record findings. Check that the contents are damp and that there is food available for the worms.
  7. After 1 week, release the worms back into the garden.
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Frozen Eggs

 

This is a lovely idea which I got from a member of my class who added pictures of her doing this activity to her portfolio. I found a website which details how to do this activity and attached below.

 

http://hugsandbugsclub.com/blog/2020/4/12/frozen-flower-eggs

 

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Object Hide and Seek

 

This is such a good game to allow you to sit down with a glass of wine while your children wear themselves out. I would usually play this with coloured bricks from the brick box of one type. Hide the bricks in the garden and get your children to find them. This can be played either by one child alone or you can do different coloured bricks for each child. The trick is to introduce a time element to it.

 

1. Child has to beat their own best time, or if playing multiple then play against each other.

2. introduce a max time they have to find it.

 

The time trick gaurantees your children will be engaged and running round like mad things. However the pay off is that hopefully they will wear themselves out!!

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Improvised Parachute Game

 

No I haven't gone completely mad. I know most of you don't have a parachute. But hopefully all of you have access to a bed sheet (fitted is better as makes the game harder). This is an excellent game to work the upper arms and tire children out (I use it often in the summer when there are too many wiggles on the carpet). There are different variations you can do.

 

The most basic (easiest if you only have two parents and a child) is to simply place on your object (whatever you have- cuddly toys/balls/beanbags etc) and see how high you can get it to go on using the sheet.

 

Next game you can easily play with a small number of people is putting mutliple toys on the sheet and timing yourself to see how fast you can fling them off by bouncing the sheet up and down.

 

Last game for those of you with larger families is playing the game as above but allocate a person to be running around and putting the objects back on as fast as you can bounce them off!

 

Happy sheet bouncing!

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Outdoor Obstacle Course- This is such a flexible activity which can be done with whatever you have available. Maybe challenge your children to design one on paper each and then vote for the best one. Or do a different one each day! Just remember to make sure all parts are sturdy! (I can neither confirm or deny that Mrs Burton once fell through the top of her Mum's bucket when she was about 8!).

Outdoor Obstacle Course- This is such a flexible activity which can be done with whatever you have available. Maybe challenge your children to design one on paper each and then vote for the best one. Or do a different one each day! Just remember to make sure all parts are sturdy! (I can neither confirm or deny that Mrs Burton once fell through the top of her Mum's bucket when she was about 8!). 1

Spring has well and truly sprung. See how many flowers you can spot on a walk. This will test your observational skills!

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