Celebrate Harry Potter’s Birthday!
To celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday, take a great book outside to read in nature.
No matter your age, there are a great range of books with a “Wizarding” theme.
You could try these:
• Meg and Mog by Helen Nicoll
• Winnie and Wilbur by Valerie Thomas
• Room on a broom Julia Donaldson
• Magic Thief by Sarah Prineas
• Beast Quest by Adam Blake
• Clockwork by Philip Pullman
• The Tales of Beedle the Bard by JK Rowling
Global Tiger Day
Create your own tiger!
Wash a yoghurt pot (or similar type of pot). Cover with paper which has been coloured / painted orange. Using a black felt pen, marker or black paint, to add the markings. Add ears and a tail to finish your tiger.
St. Swithuns Day
Legend says that if it rains today, it will continue to rain for 40 days and 40 nights.
Celebrate today by using the inside of a toilet or kitchen roll to make your own rain stick.
Decorate the outside of the tube.
Cover the bottom of the tube with paper and tape.
Fill the tube to ¼ of the way up with dried pasta, rice or beans.
Cover the top to trap the contents.
Gently shake or turn your rain stick to create the sound of rain!
World Environment Day
The central theme for this year is Biodiversity.
Take a walk around your garden, park or local area.
Make a list of the trees, plants and animals you find on your walk.
The list can be made by: writing, drawing or taking photos of everything you find.
How many of them can you name?
World Ocean Day
Create an ocean submarine portal.
Create a circle from old card or use a paper plate. Paint or decorate the circle blue.
Then find small stones, leaves, grass and other natural materials to create an ocean scene.
If you cannot use natural materials, you can create the scene using scrap materials and cut them into the right shapes for the items you want to have in your portal picture.
Make music day
Make your own instruments.
Collect old boxes, tubes and bottles. Use them to create your very own guitars, drums, shakers or panpipes.
Get your siblings or friends involved and start your own band!
National Numeracy Day (19th May) collection challenge.
Make a grid like the one above. This could be on paper or made on the pavement from chalk.
Go outside into the garden, park or another open space.
Try to collect a range of natural materials to place on the grid. For example, collect:
1 – flower
2 – stones
3 – leaves
Elmer Day (29th May)
Using scraps of paper, newspaper, leaflets (and whatever else you can find!) cut small squares from different types and colours.
Stick the squares on to the outline of the elephant, to create your own unique version of the famous elephant.
There is a version of Elmer the patchwork Elephant here:
World Bee Day (20th May)
Using some old pots and containers (yoghurt pots or cut down milk cartons), plant up some seeds which will encourage bees and other pollinating insects to come to your garden or outside space.
These can be decorated if you want to but work just as well as they are!
Using old leaflets, newspaper, wrapping paper or card, cut out rectangles (approximately 30x12cm).
Cut out moon and star shaped decorations from the centre. You could also decorate the top and bottom by cutting shapes.
Once the decorations are complete, glue one end of the rectangle (along the short side). Wrap the paper around on itself to create a tube.
Place over a re-useable tea light.
You can see an example here:
St. George’s Day dragons
Using card from old boxes or a paper plate, cut a semicircle.
Then draw and cut out a head, tail and two wings.
Decorate your dragon with whichever colours you like.
Stick the head, tail and one wing to the back of the semi-circular body. Stick the second wing to the front of the body.
If you like, you could add a stick at the bottom to create a dragon puppet.
Easter Bunny Decorations
Use old boxes to create an outline of a bunny. You can enlarge the template below or create your own. Decorate them with scraps of wrapping paper, coloured paper, leaflets, or by colouring.
For the tails, you could use cotton wool balls or pom poms, from old card and wool scraps.
You can find out how to make pom poms from this video:
Make some Spring flowers
1. Cut strips of paper or card (approximately 1cm wide and 20cm in length)
2. Decorate / colour as required to create the petals for the flower
3. Cut a circle for the centre
4. Cut a stem and leaves and decorate them
5. Attach the leaves and stem to a piece of paper
6. Gently fold each strip in the middle so it bends and stick it together to make loops
7. Stick the glued end of each loop into the centre of the space, just above the end of the stem
8. Once all the petals are attached in a circle, stick the centre of the flower over the top to hide the ends
9. Decorate the background and leaves as you wish
Create an Easter egg cup
1. Using an egg carton, cut out the pieces as shown in the diagram above
2. Use paint / colours to decorate the chicken shape and add details
3. Add a beak and crop
If you are able to, you could paint an egg to put in your cup holder too.
You can learn how to blow an egg here:
Create some Spring time daffodils
1. Cut out the parts shown from an egg carton
2. Paint / colour the parts using yellows, oranges and whites
3. Use some strong card (a large piece from a cereal box would work well) to create a background and add on some leaves to place the daffodil flowers on
4. Attach the daffodil heads to the background
Create shaped chains
1. Collect kitchen and toilet roll tubes
2. Cut each tube into 2/3cm slices
3. Decorate each slice inside and out
4. Cut through one loop and attach it to another loop
5. Glue / tape it back together
6. Shape the slice into a heart shape by folding it in at the top
7. Keep adding to the chains as you collect more tubes
Create a hanging heart
1. Using a piece of old card, draw and cut a heart shape
2. Cut three smalls slits on the left side of the heart
3. Repeat the slits opposite these on the right hand side
4. Wind string, wool or thread, from the back of the heart, through a slit on one side, across the front and then back down through a slit on the opposite side
5. Repeat until each slit has been used (although you can then weave through again or ‘cross-weave; through the slits if you would like)
6. Place small flower and twig cuttings into the woven threads to decorate your decoration
7. Add a hanging thread at the top
Create your own post box
1. Using a tissue box for the mouth section and another box behind, create the base shape for your post box
2. Glue paper to the sides of the boxes to create sides which can be painted / coloured / etc.
3. Decorate your box to create the animal / creature / monster you desire
4. Use card, paper and other recycling items to add the arms, legs, antenna, etc. to finish off your post box
Collect some twigs and allow them to dry out gently.
1. Create a background on a piece of paper or card (recycling a large side from a cereal box would work well).
2. Add some snow or icicles to the background using white paint, correction fluid or even cotton wool.
3. Place the twigs on the background to create a tree.
4. You could even add some extra decoration to your tree if you wanted to.
This simple nature project lets you give feathered friends a treat, even during cold months.
1. From corrugated cardboard, cut a large star with a circle inside.
2. Poke a hole and add a loop of twine for hanging.
3. Spread peanut butter on both sides of the star.
4. Working over a rimmed baking sheet, coat the star with birdseed.
Salt dough hangings Makes 1 ball
Prep 10 minutes
Cook 3 hours
*1 cupful of plain flour (about 250g)
*half a cupful of table salt (about 125g)
*half a cupful of water (about 125ml)
1. Preheat the oven to its lowest setting and line a baking sheet with baking parchment.
2. Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl. Add the water and stir until it comes together into a ball.
3. Transfer the dough to a floured work surface and shape into your chosen model.
Use natural materials to create prints in the dough.
4. Put your finished items on the lined baking sheet and bake for 3 hrs or until solid.
5. Leave to cool and then paint.
Collect some twigs. Using acrylic paint, paint Santa’s face, beard and red hat at the top of each twig. Use a pen / marker to add eyes.
Collect some twigs from the local area or your garden. Arrange them in length order. Attach them to a flat piece of wood, lolly stick or piece of card (the trunk of the tree).
Thread some string or ribbon at the top of the tree to create a hanging loop.
Toilet roll Christmas tree
Using toilet and kitchen rolls, cut them down to approximately 10cm. Colour / Paint four pieces brown and the rest green.
Attach the brown ones together to create the trunk and then lay the rest in a triangular formation over the top.
Decorate to create a tree.
Nature task for Autumn
Collect some fallen leaves and dry them gently between sheets of kitchen paper. Use marker and felt pens to turn them into animals!
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle for Bonfire Night
Cut a fringe at one end of a toilet / kitchen roll tube. Dip in some paint and print on paper to create your own fireworks pictures.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle for 11th November
Use an egg carton to create poppies from each cup. Attach them to a wreath (edge of a paper plate) to create a Remembrance Day wreath.
Collect different colour leaves and make a pattern or design. Take a photo and share it on the Wilder Hyde Facebook page or Wilder Hyde website.
Collect natural items. Use them to create a mobile by stringing thread or string through each item. Hang them in the garden or in your window to add some decoration for the Autumn months.
Collect some leaves and flowers. Dry them out on tissue paper. Take an old box and cut out a space from each face of the box. Cut pieces of sticky-backed plastic which are slightly larger than the cut out shapes. Place the dried items between the sheets of plastic. Then secure inside the box.
Plant seeds in see through containers / zip-up bags to investigate the root systems. Try answer the questions: “Do healthy plants need soil to grow?” and “Will healthy plants grow in water / cotton wool / sand?”
Take some cardboard from your recycling bin and cut out two bird (or other animal) templates. You will need to do one as a mirror image so that you can stick them together so that the plain side shows on each side.
Decorate by winding scraps of wool or string and using colouring equipment.
Collect up toilet and kitchen rolls. Decorate them in designs of your choice and create your own game of skittles / bowling. To make your game more challenging, give each pin a number (starting at 1) and ask each player to add and keep their scores for each round. Alternatively, start at 50 and take away your score for each round until someone gets to zero.
There are lots of fun activities you can do in your garden to help wildlife. These will also keep you busy at whilst we are in lockdown. Try some of the following:
For lots more ideas visit Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust: https://www.wildlifewatch.org.uk/activity-sheets