Nature advent activities

homemade christmas decorations kindergardening.co.ukThis week has really felt like winter, we have had snow on the mountain tops, a night of stormy weather and over the weekend we had hail. The plants in the garden are surprisingly holding up nicely but the kids and I have not been out in the garden as much. We have however been getting into the Christmas spirit and for us one of the best parts of Christmas is the decorations. The more Christmassy the better, the more colours the better and absolutely the more homemade decorations the better. This weekend we made lots of nature decorations. Continue reading “Nature advent activities”

Teaching children about moss

teaching children about moss kindergardening.co.ukWe have been enjoying learning about moss this week with the children as part of the ‘Exploring nature with children curriculum‘ that we follow. I never knew there were so many different types of moss but we found many different species  growing in all sorts of places. In fact even before we got out of the garden gate our daughter was shouting “moss, moss” as we seem to have quite a lot on our steps and wall.  Continue reading “Teaching children about moss”

Red cabbage pH indicator natural dye kids activity

red cabbage natural ph indicator and natural dye activity for kids kindergardening.co.ukA natural pigment in plants is Anthocyanin which changes colour based upon pH. This is commonly used in ripening fruit but is also present in other parts of plants like leaves. A vegetable containing high quantities of Anthocyanin is the red cabbage. By extracting the Anthocyanin we can use it as a pH indicator and also a natural dye. The Anthocyanin has a colour range of red, pink, purple/blue, green and yellow which makes it an entertaining experiment for kids. Continue reading “Red cabbage pH indicator natural dye kids activity”

Feeding birds in winter

feeding garden birds in winter Kindergardening.co.ukAlthough we like to feed the birds all year round it is suggested that priority should be taken for feeding during winter and spring as these are the times when birds need the most help. During the winter months birds rely on their fat reserves to survive the cold, frosty nights and so they need to be eating high energy, high fat foods to maintain this. During winter as natural sources of food get scarce birds begin to look for another source of nutrition and this is where we can help. By leaving out feed for them we can increase their chance of survival during these difficult months. Continue reading “Feeding birds in winter”