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Exploring Nature

 

Hug a Tree

Getting out in nature is a great stress reliever and amongst these challenging times it is more important than ever for our wellbeing. We are really lucky in Rhiwbina to not only live so close to the countryside but to have lots of green spaces within easy walking distance.

 

So this week we would like you to step away from the laptop and spend time reconnecting with nature. Embrace the chance to disconnect from everything that is going on, to breath in the fresh air and explore the wonder of nature. A real chance to just 'be'. And each time you go out we would like you to hug a tree!

 

Ask: Why they think tress are important? Children have a unique take on their world, it can be so refreshing to see the world through their eyes.

Trees are really important because ,,, 

In the forest trees can create a woodland habitat, they help to keep the air clean, trees drink a lot of water and help stop flooding and trees can actually make us feel better too!

Give a tree a hug ... adults why not join in too you'll be amazed how good it can make you feel!

What does the tree feel like?

How does it make you feel?

 

Tree Hug challenges ... Can you find a tree that your hands fit all the way around? Hold hands as a family can you find a really big tree to give a family hug to? Can you find 2 trees that you can stand between and still touch both trees? Can you hug a tree that hasn't got any leaves on it? Can you hug a trees that has got leaves on it? Can you hug a smooth tree? Can you hug a really bumpy tree? How many different trees can you hug in a week?

 

* Please remember to sanitise your hands after tree hugging. Diolch!

Woodland Scavenger Hunt

A scavenger hunt is one of our much-loved things to do in and around our lovely school grounds and it is a great idea for a family walk in the wood as all members of the family can join in.

 

Scavenger hunts encourage children to use and develop their observation skills. When they are hunting for treasures they pay more attention to their surroundings and notice things they may have missed otherwise. So they are a wonderful way to help younger children increase their awareness of the environment.

 

Pick a colour and see how many different natural items you can spot that are the same colour. Choose a letter of the alphabet and hunt for objects starting with that letter. Or make a list of woodland items and see how many you can find. Here are a few ideas:

  • evergreen leaves
  • a stick taller than you
  • a lacy leaf skeleton
  • a fallen tree
  • a y-shaped stick
  • a smooth stone
  • animal tracks on the ground

 

On another walk why not try an imagination-based scavenger hunt ... encourage your child to let their imagination run wild while hunting for make-believe items. If they love playing pirates, look out for shipwrecks (fallen trees), cannon balls (conkers), parrot feathers (feathers), and an X marking the spot of buried treasure (crossed fallen twigs).

If fairies are in favour, look for evidence of elves and fairies in the woods. Can you find secret doorways in trees, toadstool seats, flower petal hats or acorn cup goblets?

You might even be able to find the Gruffalo’s footprints!

You might also like to try some of these ideas on your woodland walks ...

 

  • Have a winter picnic in the woods
  • Lift stones or logs to explore minibeasts
  • Spot winter wildlife ... can you spot squirrels chasing each other up and down a tree, a black and white magpie ...
  • Tree bark rubbings
  • Take a magnifying glass to look at things up close
  • Find animal tracks and poo!
  • Collect woodland treasure - leaves, sticks, features and natural materials to create a picture ...

Woodland Trust - Leaf Faces

CBeebies The Let's Go Club - Woodland Walking

Whatever you do when out exploring in the woods please remember to hug a tree ... and that includes the grown-ups too! You might just be surprised how good it makes you feel!

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