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Frogs and Tadpoles - Understanding the World 18th May 

1) Look at Mrs Holland’s video of the tadpoles in her pond. What do you notice about them?

Now watch Ethan’s video about his pond and see how tadpoles turn into frogs.


2) How have you changed since you were born? Have a look at some photographs with a grown up and talk about how you have changed each year of your life. Can you complete the activity sheet, how have I changed?

3) If you would like to you can make a frog home in your garden. There are 2 ways to do this:

4) Can you make a mini pond in your back garden like Mrs Holland did? Maybe some frogs will come and visit you too? Here is a video to help you:

4th May Worm Hunting

Please look out for when it is raining and the earth is damp to carry out your big dig for worms or try pouring water on an area of soil and waiting 15 minutes.

  1. Dig for worms. How many will you find? Can you work out which is the head and which is the tail?
  2. Make a wormery. Watch this You Tube video to follow instructions on how to do it. Do not worry if you do not have sand. It will still work well with just soil. Wrap it in paper (do not worry if it is not black) and keep it in a cool, dark place like a shed. Look at the posters to see what food you should and shouldn’t give them. Can you think why?

Check it every day and add some extra food, check it is moist and make observations. Can you draw and write what has happened in your wormery? Are there any tunnels? Where are the worms hiding? Why do you think this might be? Release the worms after a week.  

27th April - What the Ladybird Heard 

  1. Map Making and Role Play. Look at the map from the story (see saved file). Can you make a map of your garden and hide some farm animals in the garden for people to find? Take it in turns of being the thief and the police.
  2. Look at the ladybird life cycle powerpoint and watch the time lapse video which shows the full cycle. Talk about it together. Can you cut out the life cycle pictures and put them in the right order? Talk about how it goes round and starts again. Maybe you can write some words to go with each picture?

Keep an eye out for ladybirds and ladybird larvae when you are in your garden or on a daily walk. You often find them on leaves of trees and bushes.

MINIBEAST HUNT - Can you go on a minibeast hunt in your garden? Have a look under stones or logs or dig in the soil. What minibeasts do you find? Can you draw and label them and show us on Tapestry? Use the minibeast identification chart to help you.

Here are some activities you can do from just visiting your garden. 



A set of coloured chalks are perfect for mark making. We buy ours on Amazon. 


Cloud Stories  

‘How sweet to be a cloud floating in the blue! Every little cloud always sings aloud.’

Lie down on the grass and look up at the blue sky. Take a look at the clouds- how they move and the shape they make. Can you find one that looks like a boat? Or a rabbit? See if you can tell a story using the shapes.


Have you ever painted the clouds? Using a mirror ( I use an acrylic ) place on the ground and see the reflection of the clouds. Using shaving foam  paint using fingers to paint the shapes of the clouds.


Flower Pressing

Pick a flower- check the petals and pull out any which have started to go brown.

Place your flower between two sheets of kitchen roll and weigh down with a heavy book. Leave for 10 days before checking. You can then stick these onto paper to make pictures and cards. 


Flower Pounding

This will appeal to any child who likes to move and make noise! It can teach children about the natural dyes that can be harvested from plants.  After all the pounding is done, these naturally dyed beauties can be cut up and turned into gift cards or bookmarks, or simply signed and dates as a piece of stand alone art.

You will need

Paper or old sheet (watercolour paper is perfect if you have some )

Collection of flowers, petals and leaves

Round rock or wooden hammer

Waxed paper (I'm sure baking paper would work too)

Scissors (optional)

Hole puncher (optional)

Ribbon (optional)


Place a selection of flowers on your worktable. Invite your child to choose a flower to begin with and place it on top of a large piece of watercolour paper. Cover the flower with a piece of waxed paper and pound the petals until they make a mark on the paper. Continue pounding flowers and leaves onto the paper until you create a composition you like.

To make these into bookmarks, cut the pounded flower images into long strips, punch a hole at one end, and tie a piece of ribbon through the hole.




Just dance ( you tube)



Marble Runs: Ramps and Gravity

Children learn through play, and what better to learn about gravity, building and momentum than by engineering wild structures while rolling balls down ramps?

There are many ways to explore ramps and gravity, so here are four tried- and –true activities that work.


Ramps and cars. Cut heavy cardboard into strips, or gather some wood planks. Invite your child to use these materials to build ramps off a table, plant pot, shelves, chairs, or other objects, and drive small toy vehicles down them.


Marble run. Gather some toilet roll tubes, masking tape and marbles. Find an open wall or sliding glass door that you can tape the cardboard tubes to. Tilt the tubes to create ramps and tape them in place. Test and experiment until you find a flow that works. Challenge your child to create a super tall marble run or a long winding marble run. This experience is filled with lots of trial and error that teaches iteration and how to overcome small failures.



Gutters and balls.This is a fun one to take outdoors. Offer your child some gutters (or something similar) and invite them to prop them against various surfaces to create ramps. How fast can she get marbles, balls, or toy cars to shoot down the ramps?


Water wall. Build a water wall from recycled bottles, funnels, plastic tubes, and sand pails. Screw the objects directly to a fence or attach them to a pegboard with zip ties or wire. To allow the water to run through the water maze, cut holes in the bottles and pails with a utility knife.



  • What other objects could you use to build ramps and explore gravity? A pile of books? Three ring binders?
  • Set up two side-by-side gutters and predict which balls will race down the fastest.
  • Make predictions about how far or fast a ball will roll.
  • Research sculptor and inventor Rube Goldberg, and look at video examples of his chain-reaction machines. These are fascinating! Think about how you could make a similar machine at home.



Five little ducks and their mummy duck!


You can sing with them, count with them, make up stories with them…

You will need: 6 stones (various sizes)

Yellow and white acrylic paints ( or poster paint with pva/poster paint and varnish)


Black and red/orange markers

  1. Go on a stone hunt in your garden. Wash and dry.
  2. Can you make any stand up? These will be ideal. You’ll need one large ‘mummy’ duck and five smaller ones, ranging from small to medium, for the little ducks.
  3. Paint your large stone white and the five smaller ones yellow. Leave them to dry on a piece of cling film or greaseproof paper. They will stick to newspaper.
  4. When completely dry add the details with marker pens- two black eyes nad a red or orange beak for each ducks


Pebble Pets

Collect round, flat pebbles or stones

Use paint to draw the pattern for your pet’s coat and permanent markers for eyes, a nose and a mouth.

If you have scraps of felt or wool, you could use them to make ears, whiskers, tails or antennae. Ask an adult to help you if you need strong glue.

Once the paint and glue have dried, your pet is ready for a new home. You could use an old matchbox to keep them safe


Positive stones

Add words to the pebbles


Crayon and Rock Paper weights

These make a lovely present!


You will need:

1 large smooth stone for each paperweight

Old wax crayons in assorted colours ( paper removed)

Oven gloves


Heatproof surface


  1. Place the stones in the oven and bake for 15-20 mins at 180oC. The stones will be very hot
  2. Prepare your work surface. Place several layers of newspaper on top of a heatproof surface such as a wooden chopping board. You will find that the wax melts right through the paper, so make sure you use lots of layers, and don’t use the best board!
  3. With hot oven gloves, remove one hot stone at a time from the oven and place it on your work surface. An adult should supervise this bit- the stones will be very hot!
  4. Take a piece of crayon and gently rest it on your stone. Move it gently across the stone, letting the crayon melt and run down the sides. Repeat with the next colour and keep going until you are happy with the design. The colours will mix and mingle beautifully. We used rainbow colours: red, orange, yellow, light green, blue, purple and pink. Try creating a different effect by using the same colours in a reverse order.
  5. Let the stones cool down completely. You will find a small pool of crayon will have collected at the bottom- you may wish to give this a good rub, so that it doesn’t come off when the stone is used as a paperweight.




IDEAS FOR WALKS - It is wonderful to see children look, see, listen and hear the natural world. To form a relationship with it is so important. These are activities are designed to, month by month, discover seasonal changes in your garden or as you take your daily exercise. Enjoy!