‘Rehoming creatures’ is a focused group of activities that priorities on firstly finding out who needs helping and then focusing our efforts in building the homes. If you are looking for unique ways to engage yourself and other surrounding data collection then this section is where you should start.
These activities develop your; trust, cooperation, patience, teamwork, life skills, addition, estimating, and record taking. Each activity will ooze so many other benefits, so why not get choosing and try them out!
Get into pairs and find specific areas to conduct your search. Find different types of creatures and record them on a tally chart. Then using the examples below (or make another), workout how many houses to make for the creatures.
Progression: On your first look at the area, make a prediction of how many different creatures you will find. Even put your predictions into a table. Using the factual information (data), compare with what you predicted before you came to the woodland. How close were you to your factual information (data)? BeesBees B&BWoodliceLog Piles/Dead Wood/Leaf LitterBirdsBird BoxSnailRock/Stone PilesLabybirdsPine Cone Palace
Make sure you’re adhering to the best practise with regard to group management around the woodland.
Create Homes for Bugs
After gathering your data, you will know which type of bug home to create. The below activities will show you how to make homes for each type of creature named in the table above.
‘Bee B&B’ is a lovely outdoor activity suitable for young children of all abilities. The aim of Bee B&B is to combine natural materials into a home for the little bees.
See Bee B&B
Deadwood is an amazing resource within the woodland and helps lots of different types of bugs. The aim of deadwood den is to combine natural materials into a home for the beetles, larvae, centipedes, woodlice, and fungi.
See Deadwood Den
Pine Cone Palace
Helping ladybirds and other bugs find a home is what this activity is all about. The aim of pine cone palace is to combine natural materials into a home for the little ladybirds.
See Pine Cone Palace
‘Rock retreat’ is a fun outdoor activity suitable for young children of all abilities. The aim of rock retreat is to combine natural materials into providing a home for the rock dwellers.
See Rock Retreat
Creating a place that helps all types of bugs and others creatures is a lovely way to help re-home them. The aim of bug hotel is to combine natural materials into a home for all little creatures.
See Bug Hotel