Snail Races, Minibeasts and Butterfly Kites
In late summer Coombe Mill comes alive with creepy crawlies and flying insects both on the farm and around the lakes. I like to ensure this is something that children are not afraid of. After the success of the last minibeast craft sessions I decided to follow up with a variation on the same theme.
My greenhouse has been crawling with snails where they are most unwelcome but I thought they could be great fun for a snail race. We began outside on the grass by lining up the snails up on Jed's old skateboard ramp which made a fantastic race track. We added lettuce and apple two coax the snails along the track and painted a blob of coloured paint on each snail so the children knew which their racing partner was. There was much cheering from for children and plenty of giggles when the snails failed to adhere to the rules and began falling backwards or over each other, we even had a few tumble to the finish line claiming victory but receiving forfeits and being sent back to the start.
Finally with a winner agreed we left them too munch on the treats while we set about making minibeasts from toilet rolls. With scissors paint and googly eyes we created a whole range of minibeasts including spiders, centipedes, ladybirds, bees and even colourful made up bugs. Do keep an eye on my trash to treasure linky for detailed instructions on how to recreate these.
Then we began making peg butterflies taking inspiration from a post on let kids be kids from Karen we used paper instead of tissue paper and added string to the pegs to turn our butterflies into kites. The children loved running around flying their kites behind them.
Worn out we handed off with magnifying glasses for a bug hunt in the fairy gardens and around the flowerbeds. It took the children a few attempts to understand how the magnifying glasses worked as they kept holding them to their eye instead of near the minibeasts. Eventually they grasped the concept and enjoyed studying all that they found under logs and stones.
With all this fun we overran our hour but no one was time watching with the Coombe Mill train now running at a later time of 6.00 PM.
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A few of my favourites from last week:
Making Boys Men explored their local forest and learnt how to do slacklining
Rock climbing and river splashing was on the cards for Mum Turned Mom at Jackson Falls.
Wild About Here had a tree climbing adventure at Wakehurst Place
An adrenaline inducing ride on the wild side was had by Catching the Magic on the Waikato River.
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