Hello and welcome to the next part in our new Summer Schedule. This week we are going back to nature and we are going to have some fun with nature. As always make sure you try the search bar above and the related posts below, we have so much more to show you. I have scoured the entire site to find some fun ideas that can fit in with our Nature Thursday.
Lets kick off with the best Scavenger Hunts on the web, we have put tighter a collection of 12 Scavenger Hunts for all different times of the year and different places. All of these have been professionally designed with different age groups in mind.
Twelve professionally designed scavenger hunts ready for you to use. From exploring nature to understanding your senses, encouraging reading and colour recognition. A whole ton of fun will be had plus the kids will learn along the way.
I have two more great bird feeders that are easy to make from home, these awry brilliantly with the different orange peel bird feeders I have linked to above.
Here is what you need:-
Start by stopping out the fruit from the orange, make sure this is eaten, no need for waste. Maybe a great fit salad could be made at the same time.
Using the dowels or straws, poke both through the orange out the other side of the orange crossing in the middle.
Next you cut two equal size pieces of yarn or twine approximately 1.5 feet long. Tie each end of the yarn to each side of the dowel. You then can hang the bird feeder at the top of both pieces of yarn. Then fill with tasty bird seeds and watch the birds enjoy a tasty treat.
Peanut Butter Feeders
This is another great way to make a home bird feeder plus it recycles those cardboard toilet rolls that we all have.
Here is what you will need:-
Toilet roll tube
Give each child a toilet roll tube and get them to spread on an even layer of peanut butter all over the tube, then they roll it in a tray or plate of bird seed to make sure it’s all covered. Now they can be placed over a branch on a tree, remember the higher the better and ideally you want to place them somewhere you can watch from a distance. The birds probably won’t come if you are right next to them and lets face most kids aren’t the best at being stealthy.
This is a great game that my daughter and her friends told me about, it needs to be a nice sunny day for this one. It’s just normal tag (it) but instead of actually tagging each other you have to tag their shadows. So if you have a big shadow being cast from a tree or a building then that can be home because your own shadow can’t be seen when you stand there. However any portion of your shadow can be tagged so be careful and make sure you know where your shadow is.
This is a great activity to get the kids involved with, not only will they love making the bombs but then using them and seeing the flowers grow too. Plus you will be helping the local wildlife too.
YOU WILL NEED:
3-4 Packages of Flower Seeds
3 Sheets of Construction Paper (we used blue, green, and white)
3 Small Containers
Baking Sheet and Parchment Paper (drying seed bombs)
How to make Seed Bombs
STEP 1: Start by cutting your construction paper into one-inch squares. Place each color separately in a container.
STEP 2: Once you have cut up all your paper squares and each container is ready, add water. Cover the paper completely and allow to soak for 20 minutes.
STEP 3: When the 20 minutes is finished (the hardest part is always waiting), take one container and squeeze the excess water out of the paper. Place the paper in a food processor and pulse until the paper becomes pulp! Place the pulp back into its container. Go ahead and repeat with the next two colors until you have three containers of pulp!
STEP 4: Divide the packages of seeds between the three containers gently mixing them into the pulp.
STEP 5: Start by taking a bit of each color from each container and forming it into a ball! We wanted these to resemble the Earth for Earth Day! If you have chosen other colors that are great too! To make the Earth try not to mix up the colors too much.
STEP 6: Place your homemade seed bombs on a parchment lined baking tray. You can go ahead and press a few more seeds into the balls if you think they need a few more! Let your tray dry overnight!
Get ready! Once dry, toss your flower seed bombs into your favorite flower pot or garden plot (still have to dig a hole first)! These also make fun gifts to give to friends and family.
Make a Stick Maze
Before we go, here is one more great idea, again make sure you try the search bar at the top of the page and the related posts below before you go.
You will need to collect lots of sticks and twigs for this to work, you also need a pen and paper. First plan a very simple maze out on the paper.
Now working together to try and recreate a giant version of it on a nice flat piece of land (lawn or even a large patio would work). Now they can take it in turns to try and figure their way out of the maze, this should be quite easy as they are the ones that designed and built it but can they do it blindfolded? without touching a stick. This can even be a team game where everyone else toys to direct the blindfolded person around the maze. If they touch a stick they stand where they are, remove the blindfold and are replaced by someone else who continues to try and walk around blindfolded. See how many times you have to switch before getting around it.