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Their challenge is pretty simple – take your children into your garden and see what bugs they can find!

Simply point them at the nearest hedges, flower beds, trees, long grass, logs, stones, rocks (well, you get the picture)… let them explore and then report back to us what they have found.

Please be sure, however, to follow government advice and do not leave your property. 

Make it into a project – if they find a spider or woodlouse, find out all about it. Draw it, examine it (carefully!), what does it eat, where does it live – maybe even write a story or poem about it, design a poster, shoot a video and then email it over to us by the 12th June to rebecca@ase.org.uk (use mailbigfile free to send large files).

Click here to find out more details

The closing date for entries is 12th June 2020.

PRIZE:  The winning entry in each category, selected by a panel of experts from both the ASE and Royal Entomological Society (RES), will receive a copy of this fabulous book:

‘Let’s talk about Animals’ https://www.millgatehouse.co.uk/product/lets-talk-about-animals/ ,

plus a bundle of bug exploration-related prizes, whilst the overall winner’s school can select a day when schools are back in the (hopefully) Autumn term when the team from the RES will join them for a hands-on “Insect Day”, bringing along an assortment of insect life that we can guarantee won’t be found underneath a log by the school pond

  • Royal Horticultural Society: Design a Secret Garden Competition

To celebrate the nationwide release of The Secret Garden, they have an exciting opportunity for young gardeners and visionaries to take part in an exclusive competition.

They would like young people to imagine they have discovered the gates to a hidden, secret garden and to let them know what it looks like.

They can choose how they would like to showcase their garden. Perhaps they would like to draw or paint their design, create a collage or model, or even plant up a miniature version of it.

Click here to visit their website and download the Secret Garden entry booklet.

DEADLINE: Tuesday 28th April 2020

PRIZE: See your garden, or elements of it, brought to life either in school or in your community.

 

  • Look at these four science experiments to do at home! Click here to view them.

 

  • Bunny Garland in a few easy steps!

This colorful Bunny garland is so easy to make with scrapbook paper and yarn! Both kids and adults will love making this together.

Skills Required: None. Even if you’ve never crafted before, you’ll be able to do this project. You’ll be cutting paper as well as wrapping yarn. It’s pretty easy!

Use the template to cut out the rabbit shapes – and then you can use a fork to make the pom poms. Then you glue it all together.

Click below to download the template:

Then you’re going to make one pom pom per bunny using a fork. To make a pom pom with a fork:

    1. Wrap the yarn around the outside of a 4-pronged fork approximately 40 times. If you want your pom pom thicker, try 50 or 60 times.
    2. Cut an 8-inch piece of yarn and tie off the yarn in the middle prong. You’ll tie the top and bottom together. Tie a knot as tightly as you can.
    3. Cut both loops on each side and fluff!
    4. If you are more of a visual person, you can see a video here.

Cut a length of yarn for your garland. Make it as long as you like depending on where you’re going to hang it. Use craft glue to attach the pom poms to the bunnies, and then to attach the bunnies to the yarn.

  • Make and Play Your Own Home-Made Easter Checkers

Click here to see how to make the boards and pieces….you may not have all the resources…let your children adapt the instructions!

  • Have a ‘Paper Horse Race’. Click here to see how you make your Paper Horses.

  • Traditional Egg and Spoon Race

Yes, it sounds old-fashioned to most of us, but it might still be new to the youngest family members. Besides, it’s a tradition that dates back literally centuries, and all it takes are a few hard-boiled eggs and a willingness to make adorable fools of ourselves. Make a track in your garden…in smaller gardens set the number of laps that you will need to go around to the finishing line!

For bonus points, you can add an arts-and-crafts element to the fun by painting the eggs together.

Pro tip: the red ones go faster.

  • Make  Weather Diary

Create your own weather diary and make a note on the changing weather that is happening. Spring is an exciting season
which can see anything from snow to sunbathing weather. What will spring 2020 be like?

You will need:
• Notepad
• Pencil and pens
• Thermometer
• 2ltr plastic bottles
• Scissors
• Compass (usually one on you parent’s phones)
• Beaufort Scale (see below)

What to do
Decide on a location in your garden. Make sure you can get to the same place every day and at the same time.
Think about and record the following each day to create a weather diary:

    • What is the temparature?
      What are you and your family wearing? Are you wearing a coat, jumper or a t-shirt? Hold your thermometer out in the
      air for a minute to see how cold it is.
    • How strong is the wind?
      Look at any trees or bushes you can see? Is your hair blowing in the wind? Look at the Beaufort Scale below or on the
      Met Office to see what number it is like.
    • What direction is the wind?
      Pick up a piece of grass or tissue paper, throw it in the air above your head which way does it go? Using your compass
      work out which direction the wind is coming from?
    • How much rain has fallen?
      Using a plastic 2ltr bottle, carefully cut the top off about ¼ of the way down from the top, invert the top in to the
      bottom of the bottle to make a funnel and add a little water to weigh it down. Mark one centimetre intervals above the
      water line and you have made a rain gauge to record from.
    • How many clouds are in the sky?
      Look straight up in to the sky divide your view in to 8 how many of the 8 pieces have clouds in. Give it a score out of 8.
    • What colour are the clouds?
      Are they fluffy white clouds or grey clouds? Think about what it might mean the sky is doing by the colour of the clouds?

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) have a range of activities for families and their children.

For those that don’t have access to a garden of your own or maybe for those rainy days when you’re stuck indoors. Here are their top indoor activities:

If you are lucky enough to have access to a garden at home, you might want to try these ideas out with your young explorers:

 

  • PE with Joe Wicks on YouTube

Weekdays at 9am but you can visit any time on YouTube to view the workout.

The Body Coach

  • Wildlife with Steve Backshall on Facebook

Every day at 9.30am for answering all your wildlife, biology, conservation, geography and exploration questions.

Steve Backshall on YouTube

  • Science with Maddie Moate on YouTube

Weekdays at 11am, Maddie & Greg chat about science and nature!

https://www.youtube.com/user/maddiemoate

  • Dance with Oti Mabuse on Facebook

Every day at 11.30am, but children can view the class at anytime.

Oti Mabuse on YouTube

  • Maths with Carole Voderman

Free access to her maths website: www.themathsfactor.com

  • Music with Myleen Klass on YouTube

Twice a week but you can view these at anytime on her YouTube channel here.

  • Storytime with David Walliams

Free story everyday at 11am on his website www.worldofdavidwalliams.com

Elevenses with David Walliams

  • Jamie Oliver: Keep Cooking and Carry On

One for all the family at 5.30pm on weekdays on Channel 4. Catch up on previous episodes here.

  • Transport your Easter Egg on a zip wire! Click here to see how you can do this.

Then why not try to build a structure for some of your toy characters.

  • Going on an Egg Hunt

An Easter egg hunt with a difference! Challenge the children to follow clues and read maps to find the eggs rather than just looking for them. Hide wrapped mini-chocolate eggs inside and outside your setting. Write simple clues such as ‘Look under a book’ or ‘Look near a tree’. Draw maps for children to use. Ask children to work with a partner and provide either a clue to read or a map to follow to a specific hiding place. Can children think of different places to hide the eggs and new clues to use?

  • Scavenger Hunt in your House or Garden

In your house or garden collect as many of the following in your tub/bowl as you can:
• Something wet
• Something noisy
• Something old
• Something heavy
• Something shiny
• Something dry
• Something quiet
• Something new
• Something light
• Something dark
• Something you would like to keep
• Something that can blow in the wind
• Something you have never seen before
• Something that smells nice
• Something beautiful
• Five shades of green

Make something from your finds
With the scavenged items create a sculpture or picture. Can you invent a new species of creature? Or replicate a beautiful
landscape you have seen?

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RELAX KIDS

Scroll down for Relax Kids activities for the children….


Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2: Amazing Animal Adventures

Click on the link below to download a pdf  ‘AMAZING ANIMAL ADVENTURES‘ to help you, through movement, play, stretching, massage, breathing, affirmations and visualisation to have some Amazing Animal Adventures!

AMAZING ANIMAL ADVENTURES

For the visualisation at the end of the session, click on the sound file, VISUALISATION below to help you use your imagination and visualise a story – helping you feel calm and relaxed.

(Please be patient, it may take time to download)

VISUALISATION: Jack and the Beanstalk (mp3 sound file)

Then give yourself a ‘New ANIMAL name‘ ! Click on ‘ANIMAL NAME‘ below to find out how to give yourself a new name.

ANIMAL NAME

Then why not complete a WORDSEARCH or a COLOURING SHEET. Click on the links below.

WORDSEARCH

COLOURING SHEET


Year 3 and Year 4: Brilliant Me

Click on the link below to download a pdf  ‘Brilliant Me‘ to help you, through movement, play, stretching, massage, breathing, affirmations and visualisation notice how amazing your bodies are!

BRILLIANT ME

For the visualisation at the end of the session, click on the sound file, VISUALISATION below to help you use your imagination and visualise a story – helping you feel calm and relaxed.

(Please be patient, it may take time to download)

VISUALISATION: Aladdin (mp3 sound file)

Then give yourself a ‘New BRILLIANT Name‘ to remember how special you are! Click on the ‘Brilliant Me New Name Generator’ below to find out how to give yourself a new name.

BRILLIANT ME NEW NAME GENERATOR

Then why not make a dice, write a letter, use the conversation starter to talk with someone at home, write all about how ‘BRILLIANT’ you are or write words around your face!

BRILLIANT DICE

BE BRILLIANT LETTERS

BRILLIANT CONVERSATION STARTERS

ALL ABOUT ‘BRILLIANT’ ME

BRILLIANT WORDS ALL AROUND ME


Year 5 and Year 6: Brilliant Me

Click on the link below to download a pdf  ‘Brilliant Me‘ to help you, through movement, play, stretching, massage, breathing, affirmations and visualisation notice how amazing your bodies are!

BRILLIANT ME

For the visualisation at the end of the session, click on the sound file, VISUALISATION below to help you use your imagination and visualise a story – helping you feel calm and relaxed.

(Please be patient, it may take time to download)

VISUALISATION: Be Confident (mp3 sound file)

Then give yourself a ‘New BRILLIANT Name‘ to remember how special you are! Click on the ‘Brilliant Me New Name Generator’ below to find out how to give yourself a new name.

BRILLIANT ME NEW NAME GENERATOR

Then why not make a dice, write a letter, use the conversation starter to talk with someone at home, write all about how ‘BRILLIANT’ you are or write words around your face!

BRILLIANT DICE

BE BRILLIANT LETTERS

BRILLIANT CONVERSATION STARTERS

ALL ABOUT ‘BRILLIANT’ ME

BRILLIANT WORDS ALL AROUND ME



Click on these activities from Relax Kids to help your child stay calm during this challenging time. Read the ‘Message for Parents’ first. Ks2 children will start to find Relax Kids activities added to their Google Classroom.

Message for Parents

Creating a Calm Corner

Calmometer

Calm Activities

Meditation for Calm

Calm Exercise Cards

Calm Affirmations

Calm Pack Door Hanger

Calm Selfie Props

 

 

 

  • ‘Keep Kids Reading at Home with Vooks’. Click below to access one months free access for all.

In the response to the ongoing situation, PhonicsPlay has made the decision to allow free to access to its site with immediate effect. Click here to login to their site and then simply use the log in details provided on their homepage

  • SPEECH LINK Portal for Parents
To support your child’s speechlanguage and communication needs, Speech Link have fast tracked the launch of their new Parent Portal to help with this. This provides parents with FREE speech and language advice, resources and activities.
The site can be found at  https://speechandlanguage.info/parents

 

 

FOR  WHEELCHAIR USERS OR THOSE WITH MOBILITY PROBLEMS

Adaptive Yoga with WheelPower

Yoga is a safe and effective way to increase strength, flexibility and your balance that can lead to improvements in both your physical and mental wellbeing. At WheelPower we believe that lives can be transformed through sport and physical activity and today we are launching a series of Adaptive Yoga videos to encourage wheelchair users to exercise from the comfort of their homes.


JOE WICKS DAILY WORKOUT

Joe Wicks is hosting a free workout aimed at kids LIVE on his YouTube channel. With schools closed and us all spending more time at home, it’s more important than ever that we keep moving and stay healthy and positive. Exercise is an amazing tool to help us feel happier, more energised, and more optimistic. The workouts are fun and suitable for all ages and even adults can get involved. You don’t need any equipment, just tune in to his YouTube channel at 9am each morning for a 30-minute, fun workout. Follow the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/thebodycoachtv 


TAKE PRIDE have been working hard to provide you with some material for children and parents to use while they you working from home. They have a brand new Youtube channel with videos teaching yoga, mindfulness, cycling activities and fitness and skills practices. They will be adding new videos regularly so please subscribe and like their channel. Take Pride  are also on Twitter and Facebook where there are additional resources. See all the links below.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm-dVC5AJ79oDI-T_DREY1A

https://www.facebook.com/take.pridecic.1

Twitter name-    Take Pride CIC