:fallen_leaf: Autumn family mailing 2023 :fallen_leaf: - Coggle Diagram
Autumn family mailing 2023
Seed planting eg acorn, hazelnut, beech nut, hawthorn berry
Seed banks - what are they? Why are they important? Example of a seed bank eg Millennium Seed Bank
Seed gathering season - 23 Sept-23 Oct (Tree Council)
Seed dispersal - different methods
What are seeds? Definition and the role they play in plant reproduction
Seed crafts - eg owl made from helicopter seeds, printing
Types of seeds - nuts, samara, berries etc
Seed feeders for birds?
UKISG - why it's important to grow home-grown seeds
Biomimicry - examples of nature-inspired solutions eg Velcro. Give kids the chance to invent their own ideas
Why do leaves change colour?
Deforestation - using latest tree loss stats
Why do deciduous trees drop their leaves?
What is leaf litter? What happens to fallen leaves?
Soil secrets - what is soil, why is important, how is it made?
Owl pellet investigation
Fungi - parts of a fungus labelling activity, your fungus name (eg first name/birthday), personality quiz 'which fungus are you?'
Leaves - why leaves change colour, why deciduous trees drop leaves, what happens to fallen leaves?
Discovery board - large piece of cardboard - theme it around an animal, tree or even an acorn. Draw, add facts, stick on natural items etc
Sunset, night drawing in, clocks changing
Seed ripening and dispersal
Build a hedgehog house
Build a shelter for minibeasts
Log pile - for amphibians, small mammals, insects
Build a compost heap
Cut down on plastic use
Plant an acorn (in a DIY biodegradable paper pot)
Plant a tree
Make leaf mulch for garden
Species fact file
Red squirrel - we last did a spotlight on this species in 2016. We could tie it in with the Snaizeholme acquisition.
Migrant birds - fieldfare/redwing/waxwing
Hedgehog (2015, 2019)
Red deer (2018)
Bat (2015, 2020)
Raptors - birds of prey eg buzzard, red kite, tawny owl, goshawk, sparrowhawk, kestrel, hobby. (It might be better in spring when we can talk about their breeding habits)
Spotlight on individual tree eg oak, beech, ash, hazel etc
Corvids - crows, jackdaws, rooks, ravens, jays, magpies, choughs. Include ID tips. (2022)
Twig shaker/rattle (y-shaped stick, acorn cups)
Preserving leaves in wax
Make your own swatch book - tie into a competition to win a full set of WT books?
Oil pastel leaves
Foil leaf art
Thaumatrope (spinning disc)
Leaf puppets (add sticks, draw on faces)
Make a flip book - leaves falling off tree
Colouring outline on a black background
Leaf shapes - beads (cut out leaf shapes from cardboard, draw veins and stalk, kids stick beads on the outlines)
Cross stitch - a simple autumnal pattern printed on perforated card or with pre-punched holes (extra element)
Acorn people (draw on funny faces)
Hedgehog/owl weaving - cut animal shape out of card, wrap elastic bands around it, tuck fallen leaves and twigs into it
Geometric leaf/bark art - collect fallen leaves/bark, cut into pieces, makes shapes, patterns and mosaics
How to draw... leaf doodles. Similar to
Tin can owls
How to draw... squirrel, stag
Sycamore/field maple seed wall hanging -
Leaf bowls - air dried clay
Leafy owls -
Pine cone hedgehog -
Nature scrapbook/journal -
Forest fairy - leaf wings
3D pop-up card - eg autumn tree, hedgehog
Autumn art tips - showcase several techniques to create striking autumnal effects
Hedgehog handprint craft with fork to make spines
Painted acorns - hang on a twinkly branch to create an autumnal decoration