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Monday 18th May 2020

 

Today's Challenge: Hunt for Amphibians! 

 

Amphibians are animals that can live in both water and on land. They are animals such as frogs, toads and newts. If you are lucky enough to have a pond in your garden, you won’t have to go far for today’s challenge, just sit on the edge and wait patiently to see if you can spot any frogs or tadpoles. However, I can imagine that many of you won’t have access to a pond in your garden (I know I don’t!), so why not plan in a walk past a river or pond as part of your daily exercise. Have a look on the map and see if there is a stretch of water near you. Once there sit nice and still on the edge of the bank and see what you can find. I have attached a pond life identification sheet below to help you!

 

I would love to see your photos from your challenge, feel free to send me a picture on class dojo! Equally, if you have any problems or questions feel free to message me.

 

Can't wait to see what you find! 

 

Miss Cox

Monday 11th May 2020

 

Today's Challenge: Recycled Bunting! 

 

Today's challenge is another re-cycling challenge, as we all know its takes plastic 500 years to biodegrade, its so important we keep reusing plastics and stop them from going to land-fill! So here is an idea of how we can creatively recycle some plastic! 

You will need a stapler, string and some plastic bags (preferably well used and can no longer hold shopping).

Cut out triangle shapes from your plastic bag, these can be as big or small as you like.

Get an adult to help you staple the triangles to the sting.

Cut the string to the right length after you have attached your triangles.

Now use your bunting to decorate your house or garden!

 

I would love to see your photos from your challenge, feel free to send me a picture on class dojo! Equally, if you have any problems or questions feel free to message me.

 

Can't wait to see what you make! 

 

Miss Cox

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Monday 4th May 2020

 

Today's Challenge: Capture animal tracks! 

 

Unfortunately, most wildlife in our gardens comes out at night time, when we are all fast asleep. So in today's challenge we will need to be detectives to try and find out which furry friends have been visiting our gardens! 

 

Today's challenge it to make a footprint trap, here are the instructions on how to make one:

First you will need a baking tray (ask mum and dad first for one they don't mind being left outside). 

Next, fill your baking tray to the top with a moldable material (sand, soft soil, clay, plasticine, salt dough etc)

Then you will need to put a plate with some bait in the center of your tray. Using meat scraps or pet food will attract omnivores (foxes, hedgehogs and badgers), but using nuts and seeds will attract smaller animals (birds, mice and other small mammals). 

Now hide your tray somewhere in your garden. 

When you wake up the next morning, check your tray and see if any footprints have been left. To help you work out which animals have been visiting, use the help sheet below. 

If you don't see any tracks, don't be disheartened, just leave it out for a few nights and something may come another day! 

 

I would love to see your photos from your challenge, feel free to send me a picture on class dojo! Equally, if you have any problems or questions feel free to message me.

 

Can't wait to see what animals come to visit your gardens! 

 

Miss Cox

Monday 27th April 2020

 

Today's Challenge: Make a butterfly feeder

 

Just like children, butterflies like things sweet and sugary. So today we are going to use sugar to make a butterfly feeder. 

First you will need to make a sugar solution by dissolving sugar is some water. This works best when you use a kettle to boil water and pour it over a few spoons of sugar. Make sure that if you are using boiled water, a grown up is helping you! Then leave this to cool. 

While that cools down you will need to find a jar or bottle. Decorate your jar with some bright flower designs to attract the butterflies. This could be by drawing on the glass or you could draw flowers and stick them on. 

You will then need to get an adult to help you with the next step. Carefully make a small hole in the lid of your bottle or jar. Next, you will then need to stuff the hole with cloth or cotton wool. 

When your sugar solution is cool, place it in the jar or bottle and do up the lid. Then you will need to hang it upside down from a tree. You could use string to hang it or you can place it upside down in a branch. If you don't have a tree in your garden, try to place it in or near a flower bed. 

As your jar is hung upside down, the sugar solution should slowly leak out of the hole you created, through the material/cotton wool and the butterflies will come for a munch! 

 

I would love to see your photos from your challenge, feel free to send me a picture on class dojo! Equally, if you have any problems or questions feel free to message me.

 

Can't wait to see your butterfly feeders! 

 

Miss Cox

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Monday 20th April 2020

 

Today's Challenge: Frozen Garden!

 

This challenge has been suggested by Charlie from Kingfishers! 

 

For this challenge you will first need to go outside and collect and leaves, petals and flowers that catch you eye.

Next you will need to get an egg and carefully remove the inside, so you are left with a whole egg shell (if you struggle with this you could also use a cup or pot). Put all the things you collected into your shell. 

Then you will need to carefully fill it up with water and place your egg into the freezer. Leave it there for a few hours until frozen. 

When it is frozen, remove from the freezer and peel off the shell. 

You now have your very own frozen garden! 

 

If you would like an extra challenge, why not write your own instructions for this activity using pictures to help you explain! 

 

Charlie tried out this experiment last week and if you would like to see an example, look at the photos below! 

 

I would love to see your photos from your challenge, feel free to send me a picture on class dojo! Equally, if you have any problems or questions feel free to message me.

 

Can't wait to see your wonderful frozen gardens! 

 

Miss Cox

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Monday 13th April 2020

 

Today's Challenge: Build a birds nest. 

 

I would like you to have a go at building your own birds nest. You will need to go outside and find some twigs, straw, grass and moss (or similar). Then you will need to have a go at making a nest shape. You may want to just have a go on your own at forming a nest shape or if you would like to have a go at weaving, I have put some instructions below this post. 

 

Once you have made your nest you could decorate your own egg to go inside (or pop a chocolate one in if you have any left!). 

 

I would love to see your photos from your challenge, feel free to send me a picture on class dojo! Equally, if you have any problems or questions feel free to message me.

 

Can't wait to see your amazing nests! 

 

Miss Cox

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Monday 6th April 2020

 

Today's Challenge: Build a shelter!

 

I would like you to have a go at building a shelter either outside in your garden or while your out on your daily walk. You could use natural materials you find around you (sticks, twigs and leaves) or use an old bed sheet/towels to help you! 

 

I would love to see your photos from your challenge, feel free to send me a picture on class dojo! Equally, if you have any problems or questions feel free to message me.

 

Can't wait to see some of your amazing shelters! 

 

Miss Cox

Monday 30th March 2020

 

Today's Challenge: Find a snail! 

 

I would like everyone to go on a hunt for a snail! This could be in your garden or on your daily walk. I wonder how many you will find? When you have found some, you may even want to draw a picture of one! Have a look carefully at the details on the shell, can you draw the perfect snail swirl? 

 

If you would like to know more about our slimy friends, I have attached some facts all about slugs and snails. 

 

I would love to see your photos from your challenge, feel free to send me a picture on class dojo! Equally, if you have any problems or questions feel free to message me.

 

Can't wait to see some slimy friends! 

 

Miss Cox

Monday 23rd March 2020

 

Today's Challenge: Planting a seed. 

 

I would like everyone to have a go at planting a seed either in a pot or in your garden. 

 

If you don't have any seeds, don't worry, Can you find any seeds in the fruit you eat? 

 

How to plant a seed:

1. Find a patch of soil in your garden (or find a pot and fill it with soil).

2. Use your finger to make a hole in the ground (around 2-5cm deep).

3. Drop your seed into the hole (only one seed per hole). 

4. Cover your seed with soil.

5. Water your seed! 

6. Wait to see what grows! 

 

I would love to see your photos from your challenge, feel free to send me a picture on class dojo! Equally, if you have any problems or questions feel free to message me.

 

Can't wait to see what you grow! 

 

Miss Cox