Make Your Own Birdfeeder
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
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.
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!!
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!