Here's a great game for kids to play in a restaurant while waiting for your food to arrive. Take a sheet of paper and draw a large circle on it, as large as you can fit on. Draw a large cross to divide the circle into quarters, then draw further lines to divide the circle into equal eights. Now the fun begins!
Pass the paper around the table and each player takes one of the 1/8th slices, drawing in their own pizza topping ideas. Keep passing the paper around until all eight pizza slices have been filled with different toppings.
There are no rules - you can draw in traditional pizza toppings, such as different meats (pepperoni, ham or spicy beef) and fresh vegetables (slices of peppers, mushrooms, sweetcorn or tomatoes). Alternatively draw in other patterns such as national flags, or why not put slugs, snails and worms on your pizza?!
You can add an element of surprise by folding the paper and only letting each player see the slice that they are decorating. When the pizza is unfolded at the end you can reveal the completed pizza for the first time.
All sorts of wonderful things are happening in the garden and parks at this time of year, so lets get out and do some great things with the wonderful wiggly worms, flippy flappy butterflies, busy buzzy bees and all the other bugs in the garden. Have a bit of messy fun and have a great time!
Before you start, go through a few basic rules for the Outdoors to keep the little ones safe and the bugs alive!
- Do not eat anything you find. Some berries can be harmful.
- Don’t touch anything unless a grown up agrees it is safe.
- Do not pick up any bugs or creatures in case they sting or bite you.
- Wash your hands when you have finished in the garden or park./span>
Keep a note book and record what you find.
1. Go for a bug hunt and when you find something draw it in your note book. Or you could photograph it and stick it in. Talk about what it looks like, how many legs it has, what colour it is etc.
2. Make a wormery! Take a tall transparent plastic bottle and cut off the top. Fill with layers of soil with some small pebbles and some grass or leaves on top. Put in a dark place. Place a couple of worms into the wormery and leave. Take a look each day and see if the worms have made tunnels and left worm casts on top of the soil. Set them free after a couple of days.
3. Hide some toy bugs in a sand box and see how quickly you can find them. Count them out and group them in colours.
4. Digging in the garden can be a great activity. Take some spades and dig some holes in flower beds. Talk about how much energy you need to do the job and which parts of the body you are using. When you have a nice howl, sit back and see if any birds come along to search for worms.
5. Snail racing is fun if a grown up is nearby to ensure the safety of the snails. Find two snails, draw a chalk circle on a patio slab and place them side by side in the middle. See which crosses out of the circle first. Does cheering help?
Some children love bugs and worms, but others are scared or nervous around them - this is a great activity to enthrall those who are interested, and gently introduce worms to those who need some encouragement! By setting up a wormery, you get to see what happens underground. It's clean for us, safe for the worms and very interesting for the children.
You need to find the following:
- one large plastic drinks bottle - the bigger the better, the 2 litre ones work well
- one smaller plastic bottl
- some clean sand (horticultural sand not the coarse DIY sand)
- some peat free soil
- Poke some holes in the bottom of the large bottle so the water can run out. Also, cut off the top of the bottle so you can place the small bottle inside.
- Fill the smaller bottle with water and place it in the big one. (This keeps the worms cool)
- Fill the outside bottle with alternate layers of sand and soil so each layer is 4cm deep. Pour in some water so it is damp.
- Hop out to the garden and search for some worms. Dig up a bit of soil and you should find some.
- Put them carefully into the soil/sand area of the bottle and pop it somewhere dark (shed or under an empty bucket) for a couple of days.
- When you get them out to take a look, you should see that all the soil and sand have been mixed up as they tunnel around.
- After a few days let them out again, and then you can start again with some different worms.