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August 1, 2016

Bring some flora and fauna indoors and help foster  a love of the natural world

Even as the temperature drops and playtime is more frequently spent indoors you can still incorporate some cool ideas from the outside world. Children love watching things grow – starting out as tiny seeds then gradually transforming into living plants. Add an extra element of fun by planting the seeds in empty eggshells, filled with cotton wool and dampened with water. Let them draw funny faces on them or add stick-on googly eyes. They can monitor progress every morning and once the cress (or whatever sprouting plant you’ve selected) grows tall they can play hairdressers, trimming it to whatever length they like.

When the days are clear, head outside to collect leaves and petals then let your kids make flora strings. Arrange the leaves and petals on circles of contact paper, with a long piece of string running through them all. When they’ve finished, place another circle of contact paper on top of each one to seal them, then hang them in a window.

Make bird feeders by spreading peanut butter on toilet rolls then roll them in birdseed and hang them on a branch in the garden. Little ones will love watching to see which feathery visitors come to snack on their creations.

 

What we used

Cress heads

  • Egg cartons
  • Empty eggshells
  • Cotton wool
  • Seeds (we used a sprouting mix)

Bird feeder

  • Toilet rolls
  • Peanut butter
  • Birdseed

Flora chains

  • Assorted leaves and petals
  • Contact paper
  • String

 Photography by Shona Dey


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