Waxcap Fungi – Colourful Inspiration for Biomimicrists

A couple of weeks ago I attended an online session organised by Plantlife about grassland and waxcap fungi. Members of the Hygrophoraceae family, commonly known as waxcaps, are beautiful and often colourful mushrooms. They come in a rainbow of colours from bright rich scarlets and lemon yellow to purples and greens and pink. They glowContinue reading “Waxcap Fungi – Colourful Inspiration for Biomimicrists”

Fungi Friday – Pretty in Blue

Blue is the rarest occuring pigment found in nature, which makes is even more thrilling to spot the blue velvet spread on a gloomy cold winter day. Terana caerulea is also known as cobalt crust fungus is a real beauty. Wonderful surpises is hidden in nature.  Little gems an be found everywhere if you take theContinue reading “Fungi Friday – Pretty in Blue”

Inspired by Fungi

Fly agaric, jelly ear, shaggy inkcap and sickener. How many fungi can you identify? And have you ever seen  ghost fungus? Fungi grow in a range of different environments. They live in the soil, on plants and animals, in fresh water and seawater. They even grow on your body! Many fungi are colourful and someContinue reading “Inspired by Fungi”

Biomimicry Design Projects for Homeschool Students

Biomimicry Projects for Homeschool Students As homeschoolers, we have enormous advantages when it comes to bringing nature into the homeschool room. Introducing biomimicry into your home is a great opportunity not only to take out the magnifying glasses, and binoculars but also the art supplies. A wonderful opportunity to mix science and art. A biomimicryContinue reading “Biomimicry Design Projects for Homeschool Students”

Biomimicry Design Inspired by Tree Observations on a Frosty Morning

I love frosty mornings when everything is covered with sugary ice. The garden reminds me of Sleeping Beauty. The world has gone into a long much-needed rest to breathe and gather strength. But there is actually plenty of life, beauty and wonder even on a frosty cold winter morning. The core of biomimicry is toContinue reading “Biomimicry Design Inspired by Tree Observations on a Frosty Morning”

Glowing Platypus – Biomimicry Journal

Platypuses are remarkable creatures that have a beak and lay eggs. They are not classed as a bird, they are known as monotremes – mammals that lay eggs. They are also biofluorescent animals, which is different from bioluminescence, where the animal either produces the light itself or hosts other organisms that shine. Various plants, fungi,Continue reading “Glowing Platypus – Biomimicry Journal”

Mushroom Leather Shoes for Kids – Inspired by Nature

Squirrels love munching on mushrooms and even poisonous ones. You can see them nibbling on the bright red toadstool and for some reason I always thought that the squirrels had stopped eating them and left a bit of a mess on the lawn. But squirrels can eat fungi that are poisonous to us humans. SoContinue reading “Mushroom Leather Shoes for Kids – Inspired by Nature”

Introducing Biomimicry Life’s Principles for Young Students

Nature works by relying on some deep patterns, and Life’s Principles are design lessons from nature. It is a framework that can help us when we are exploring nature. This is done by focusing on one of the six principles at a time. People who work with creating nature-inspired solutions are familiar with these principlesContinue reading “Introducing Biomimicry Life’s Principles for Young Students”

BioThinkDive about Ice-Cream, Beaches, and Travelling

Spring has arrived with bats, butterflies, nest-building! Weekends and school holidays are spent at the beach. Ice creams, sunhats, and sandcastles are part of a visit to the beach. But can a visit to the beach involve biomimicry? Biomimicry is the conscious observation of the natural world. The observations can be used to solve problems.Continue reading “BioThinkDive about Ice-Cream, Beaches, and Travelling”

Why is Biodiversity important for Biomimicry

Fungi to flamingo, plants to animals – the variety of life on our planet is wonderful. Biodiversity is the name we give to the variety of all life on Earth. The term is complex to grasp but it is this complexity that makes our planet the perfect place for us humans as well as plants,Continue reading “Why is Biodiversity important for Biomimicry”

Summer Reading – Books for Curious Minds

Hurry out to sun with a pile of books. Or cuddle up on the sofa while you watch raindrops siding down the window panes at the same time as you flick through pages filled with exquisite and colourful fungi, animals and plants. Some books about nature that caught our eyes. Perfect books for lazy summer’sContinue reading “Summer Reading – Books for Curious Minds”

2020! Biomimicry an emerging trend!

Embrace the trend! Start 2020 with spending time in nature and ponder! Trendy! Biomimicry is an emerging trend that is slowly but surely entering the business world, universities as well as the classroom. It may not always be easy to embrace biomimicry. Yet, it is a wonderful feeling to search for exciting solutions to problemsContinue reading “2020! Biomimicry an emerging trend!”

Devil’s Fingers – Spooky Video Inspiration –

Looking for non-plastic inspiration to celebrate Hallooween? Nature is not always pretty and beautiful. It can be ghoulish and horrific! Imagine that you are out walking on a sunny autumn afternoon when you stumble across a fungus emerging from what looks like strange looking eggs. Slender pinkish-red arms emerging from the top which creepily canContinue reading “Devil’s Fingers – Spooky Video Inspiration –”

Step out of the classroom and into nature

Looking for an hands-on lessons and activities that engage children in environmental literacy? Biomimicry offers project-based instructions that may inspire future generations to care for nature and to see nature as a spot that offer not only calmness and spectacular experiences of beauty and drama but also can make your head twirl around with possibilities.Continue reading “Step out of the classroom and into nature”

What if a pile of colourful autumn leaves was used as inspiration?

A think dive into a pile of colourful autumn leaves. The forest is going to sleep. Days are getting shorter and the animals are squirreling away for winter. Plants and flowers are capsulated and the trees start to let go of their leaves. Autumn is a wonderful season for discovering what happens when natures slowsContinue reading “What if a pile of colourful autumn leaves was used as inspiration?”

Learning Requires New Skills – Critical Thinking, Lat Jumping and Biomimicry

What do you think of the idea that students should be allowed to use the Internet in exams? We may be at a turning point for exams. At least high school examinations but I am sure that the changes will eventually spread to primary school. The idea that an examination should gauge whether a childContinue reading “Learning Requires New Skills – Critical Thinking, Lat Jumping and Biomimicry”

Biomimicry for Young Children Inspired by the Endangered Sloths

Bring slowness into the world! On the Second Day of February, We Saved Two Sleepy Sloths Would it not be great to stretch time? How can we celebrate slowfulness? William Beebe was a sloth researcher who was very impressed by the sloths’ slowness. He wrote, “Sloths have no right to be living on this earth,Continue reading “Biomimicry for Young Children Inspired by the Endangered Sloths”