Learning at home

During the unusual circumstances of the coronavirus, we would like to offer parents, carers, school teachers and anyone involved with children an opportunity to take part in daily learning outside. Each of the activities you see below have been written and/or tested by us. It gives your children a chance to do something outdoors, and in some cases indoors.

Please be sure to comply 100% with Government guidelines, on the amount of time spent outdoors, social distancing, and more.

Keep safe… and keep loving learning.

Nature bracelet

Good morning. We are big fans of mud and bloom boxes in this house. Todays activity is from their blog. It is a make your own nature bracelet. A lovely way to keep small (and big!) children entertained on a nature walk! Enjoy!

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Fizzing colour blocks

Depending on how many of these you make, you might need to repeat this a few times - we made two colours each time, by splitting the mix in half. You will need: vinegar, and ice cube tray, food colouring, 1 cup of baking soda. 1/4 cup of water, 1 tsp of clear gelatine. Mix […]

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Sediment Jar

You will need: Clear jar (glass or plastic - we used the one from the experiment on monday), soil, spade, waterFind a place to scoop up some soil. Make sure it is okay to take the soil from this spot. {Don’t dig up your pretty flowers.} Choose a spot that will have various kinds of […]

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DIY wormery

This is a great little activity and works if you like by mudflats (for lug worms and rag worms) as well as worms in your garden. Just replace the soil and sand with seaside sand and mud! You will need: An empty jar (larger the better), 1/4 cup of gravel per jar, dirt, sand, leaves […]

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Animals that live in the soil

A perfect day for a new type of animal hunt! You will need: an empty, large drinks bottle (1 litre fizzy drink bottle tape shape), some soil you can collect, a light (torch or a phone light will do). Cut the bottle 1/3 down from the top. Turn it over so that the spout is […]

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Walking colour rainbow

A lovely little experiment today that is nice to watch for a while... You will need: food colouring (or some kind of dye) in red, blue and yellow (the primary colours), 6 small cups/containers (they don't need to be the same shape, but don't make them too big because it will take too long!), some […]

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Jellyfish spotting!

It's the start of Jellyfish Season..... so we thought we would post our Jellyfish spotting chart for you! See what you can find! You can download the chart here... If you aren't by the sea, you might want to look at the Jellyfish cam at Monterey Bay Aquarium!

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Thursday is still an activity you can do in the garden or in a house/flat. You will need: coffee filter paper or kitchen towels, scissors, a few different colours of felt tip pens (we suggest black, green, purple, red), some water in a bowl, a timer (or the ability to count to 60). Cut the […]

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Rainbow wind indicator

A bit more learning about wind today. This is nice and simple... a rainbow wind sock. This is great for little ones, but a nice independent activity for slightly older ones too. You will need: An old milk carton, some rainbow (or any colour you choose) tissue paper / paper coloured in / ribbon, some […]

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Flying Kites

It's super windy across most of the UK today, so a nice activity to learn about wind direction and have fun too! You will need: two wooden skewers (straws will do - the stronger the better), scissors, some string, Sellotape. 1. Make the two wooden skewers into a cross and tie them together in the […]

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Garden Insects

Good morning. WWF UK posted a fab common insect and invertebrate species in the UK. It's a great little activity. Use the poster to have a hunt around your garden - what can you see? We found many of them (including a GIANT slug!) and then my older child tried to draw an anatomically correct […]

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2D and 3D shapes

This is a great way to do some shape recall. If your children are young, you can do some simple shapes but if your children are older challenge them. Can they make a 5 sided 3D shape? What is its name? Note: Dodecahedron! You will need: 3 different items. If you're in a flat you […]

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Learning to measure

You will need: a ruler, some objects to measure - we have done this with leaves, seaweed, sticks etc. You might also want a clipboard (or something to lean on), a piece of paper and a pencil. Plan a walk somewhere. Decide what you are doing to measure on your walk. Take a ruler with […]

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Weaving a birds nest

What you will need: some bendy twigs (if you can't find them, you could always use pipe cleaners), long bendy grass or stems, some plant stems, moss, leaves and feathers, a little string or twine. You might want something to use a birds eggs too ( we made ours from mud but clay would be […]

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Garden in a jar!

Morning! Lovely simple activity today... you can gather some bits during your morning walk, or buy them. Whatever works for you! You will need: a jar with a lid (or plastic bottle), some soil, some tiny stones, a little sand (not necessary but helpful), and some plants. There's lots of info here about the best […]

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Making a bird feeder

A little white ago, we made bird feeders from pine cones. This morning, we can do a very simple bird feeder. You will need: A pipe cleaner (or some wire - string will do but is harder to thread for very small people), some donut shaped cereal. Somewhere to hang the feeder. This is a […]

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Flower Fairy Wings

You will need: Pressed flowers (click here to show how to press flowers), 2 A3 laminator pouches, an iron or laminator, some string, a hole punch. On the laminator pouch draw the shape of a fairy wing - however your child thinks it should look. Now open the pouch. Place the pressed flowers in the […]

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Pressed flower bowl

Phew! What a wet day it is here. It's extremely rainy. Hopefully this activity works inside or out (although my children would say not much beats dressing in waterproofs and wellies and jumping in muddy puddles). A few more resources today, but it is absolutely worth it! Air drying clay (or salt dough - recipe […]

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Flower sun catchers

You will need: a paper plate (or some strong card), some scissors, tissue paper or sticky back plastic, pressed flowers, a hole punch (or something to make a hole) and some string. Firstly, you need to collect the flowers. Carefully pick some beautiful flowers (ideally ones that are relatively flat already, but any will do. […]

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Hammer (Hapa zone) bunting

You will need: an old bedsheets or some light colours fabric you don't mind cutting up, a hammer, kitchen roll, some flowers, a hard surface that you can bang a hammer on! Hand extras are a hole punch or a needle and thread, some ribbon or twine. Firstly, you need to collect your flowers and […]

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