A Loveliness of Ladybirds
These activities are all about Ladybirds, or Bishy Barnabees as they are known in Norfolk. Use the activity sheets to find out more. 🐞💚
Normally at Holt Hall we look for invertebrates in the woods, in the lake and at the rocky shore. In all those habitats we find snails. Have a look in your garden or at the park and see if you can find some. Learn more about what it is to be a snail with our Marvellous Molluscs activity sheet
During April & May, birds such as Cuckoos, Swifts and Swallows travel all the way from Africa to breed in the UK. That is THOUSANDS of miles!
Have you noticed any new birds?
Click on our activity sheets here;
or read this great RSPB article to find out more.
Listen to this video we’ve made to enjoy the sounds of recently arrived birds singing to declare territory and attract a mate;
Build an insect home
Bees and other pollinators are vital to most of the world’s food crops, but have been in decline in recent decades due to pesticides, the destruction of wild habitats and disease.
You could give them a lovely new home as part of the RSPB’s Wild Challenge, like instructor Nige’ has done.
Can you spot the Red Mason bee hiding in his insect home?
How do Dandelions thrive so well in the face of life’s challenges?
Dandelions (Taraxacum officinale) are really good at surviving and pop up in all sorts of places – sometimes where they are not wanted.
How do they adapt so well?
Click on our activity ideas to help you find the answers and enjoy some dandelion activities;
Spring Scavenger hunts
Click on the image to download a great multi-sensory Spring scavenger hunt.
If you find something really interesting you would like to share with us, remember to take a photo or draw a picture and email it to us!
Or try and find a rainbow of colours like the one below from Holt Hall grounds. You could do this from a seat by a window, in your garden or on a walk.
“I’m Stick Man, I’m Stick Man, I’M STICK MAN, that’s me!
At Holt Hall, we love finding things to do with sticks in our Ancient woodland. We cook on them, build with them, make trails with them and make environmental art with them.
One of our favourite stories is Stick Man by Julia Donaldson
Here are some ideas for younger children to do at home or outdoors if you can go for a walk or have some outdoor space.
- Snuggle up somewhere cosy and share the story.
- Make a stick person or stick family. You could use twigs, leaves and other natural materials or you could use lolly sticks, pencils, paper, wool . . . bread sticks . . . whatever you can find. You could use your stick people as puppets to retell the story. Send us some pictures of the stick family adventures!
- Try floating some sticks. In the story, Stick Man floats down the river. Find some sticks or twigs and put them in a bowl of water. Which ones float? Try floating other things you find like a leaf, a flower, a stone? You could find some indoor things to float if you don’t have any outdoor space.
- Make the stick family home. You could make a mini den outside with more sticks or find a hollow in a tree trunk or make them a little tent or den with whatever you can find. Or use an empty box and junk materials to make a little home for them.
- Sort your sticks by size, colour or feel. Play wishing sticks, snap, or other stick games.
This dragonfly exuvia (moulted skin) was spotted by instructor, Em, by her local river. It was shed by a ’Hairy Dragonfly’ – you can tell by the shape of its eyes. (credit Em Chittenden). Lots of our “Natural Neighbours” resemble mythical dragons – zooming dragonflies, shimmying newts and scurrying lizards. What dragons can you spot? Download Froglife’s DragonFinder App here or email your photos to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.