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Fun Half Term Activities

Fun Half Term Activities

Why not use this half term to get the kids interested in nature and gardening with these fun activities?

 

We’ve pulled together 5 simple but fun activities to keep your ‘Little Acorns’ entertained this half term and help them understand a little more about gardening and our natural environment. Children will often be really enthusiastic about eating something that they have grown themselves so we’re kicking off with ‘Cress Heads’!

 

We’ll be sharing the activities on our Facebook page each day as well and we’d love to see what you have created! Please share your pictures and comments with us there.

 

 

 

Munchy Monday - Cress Heads

What you will need:

  • Empty eggshells
  • Cress seeds
  • Cotton wool
  • Pens
  • Googly eyes (optional)

Instructions:

  • Draw faces on the eggshells including googly eyes if you have them. Why not see who can make the funniest face?
  • Fill the eggshells with cotton wool
  • Spray the cotton wool with water so that it is nice and damp
  • Sprinkle lots of cress seeds on top of the cotton wool
  • Spray more water on the seeds
  • Water every day and the cress will grow, once your cress is tall enough to cut add it to your sandwiches!

 

Terrarium Tuesday - Terrarium Mini Gardens

What you will need:

  • Glass jar
  • Activated carbon
  • Small pebbles or gravel
  • Terrarium or houseplant compost
  • Moss (optional)
  • Small houseplants
  • Decoration items (optional)

Instructions:

  • Make sure your glass jar is clean then add the pebbles or gravel to the bottom. These are important to give the plants drainage
  • Add a small amount of activated carbon – this helps keep the bacteria levels in your terrarium to a minimum
  • Add a layer of compost – this needs to be at least as deep as the pots that your plants are in
  • Remove your plants from their pots and arrange them in the compost, try to arrange them so that your jar looks good from all of the different angles that you can see and so that the plants are evenly spaced out with room to grow
  • If you are using moss this can be placed between the plants to cover over the compost
  • Give your terrarium a little bit of water
  • Decorative items such as mini-figures can be added to your terrarium to make it even more fun!

 

Wild Bird Wednesday – Make Your Own Bird Feeder

What you will need:

  • Bird food – you can use a mix of bird seed, bird nuts, cooked rice, dried fruit or breadcrumbs
  • Lard or suet
  • Either a large pine cone, coconut shell or thin plastic pot (e.g. a used yogurt pot)
  • String

Instructions:

  • Mix your bird food together in a bowl
  • Add the lard or suet and mix together. You might need to warm the lard or suet to be able to mix everything together well
  • If you are using a pine cone, tie some string to it then put the mixture all over it – try to get into the gaps so it holds as much mixture as possible
  • If you are using a coconut shell you might need to make a hole in it to put some string through to hang it up. Once you have done this fill it up with the mixture
  • Plastic pots can be filled with the mixture and once they have set, either popped out and placed on a bird table or tied up with string
  • Put your bird feeder somewhere you can enjoy watching the birds without disturbing them and see how many different visitors you get!

 

Thoughtful Thursday – Build a Bug Hotel

What you will need:

  • Bamboo canes
  • Twigs or sticks
  • String
  • Terracotta pot or large tube (optional)

Instructions:

  • Cut the bamboo canes to short lengths (the length of your pot or tube if using)
  • Bundle the canes, twigs and sticks together and tie with string. If you are using a pot or tube, make sure that your bundle will fit in it
  • Place your bug hotel somewhere sheltered in the garden and make sure that it is on its side so that the bamboo canes do not fill with water!

 

Funny Friday – Hairy Herbs

What you will need:

  • Herb plant – Rosemary, Parsley, Chives, Fennel and Chervil all work well to create 'hair'
  • Small pebbles or gravel
  • Compost
  • Terracotta pot – slightly larger than the pot that your herb plant is in
  • Paint or brightly coloured pens
  • Googly eyes or stickers

Instructions:

  • Use your paint or pens to decorate your pot with a funny face adding googly eyes or stickers if you have them. Why not do two different faces, one on each side of the pot? Leave to dry
  • Place a small layer of pebbles or gravel in the bottom of your pot
  • Add a small amount of compost to the bottom of the pot
  • Take your herb plant out of its pot and place in your decorated pot – you want the top of the soil of your herb plant to be just below the rim of the terracotta pot, you may need to add or take away some of the compost in the bottom of the terracotta pot to get the height right
  • Once you herb plant is at the right height in the pot, fill in around the sides with more compost and firm down
  • Water your herb plant
  • Admire your funny ‘Hairy Herb’ pot!

 

We hope you have a fun-filled half term holiday!

 

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