Inspired by Wonderland: A Year of Britain’s Wildlife, Day by Day

 Red deer, squirrel, dormice, and harlequin ladybird for Halloween! October month is filled with fascinating animals and plants. There is plenty to see and sometimes wildlife is right on our doorstep if we know what to look for and how to look. The book Wonderland: A Year of Britain’s Wildlife, Day by Day by BrettContinue reading “Inspired by Wonderland: A Year of Britain’s Wildlife, Day by Day”

Reindeer Challenge – Zero Waste Ideas for a Reindeer Party

Plastic is everywhere! Can you help design packing material’s for a Reindeer Party to celebrate that all the Xmas gifts have been delivered around the world. Reindeer are vegetarians, so they eat only plants, During the summer months they eat grass and shrubs. Once the snow covers the tundra, they start looking for lichen. WhyContinue reading “Reindeer Challenge – Zero Waste Ideas for a Reindeer Party”

Supertiny Bats with Superpowers

Unstoppable hunters of the nights! A couple of weeks ago, we went for a bat walk in Sutton Park. Equipped with warm clothes and torches we searched for bats in the dark autumn evening using bat detectors. The rain was drizzling but luckily the bats still came out to feed. Bats are mammals and they areContinue reading “Supertiny Bats with Superpowers”

A day at the Beach

Use the beach to spark your imagination! What can be better than to lie in silence at the shore, listening to the waves and watching sand grains roll back and forth? Explore beaches and admire sea shells while you breathe in the sea air. A day at the beach is a wonderous adventure. A greatContinue reading “A day at the Beach”

Cherry Blossom Estate – Eco-friendly Houses Inspired by Nature

“build buildings like trees and cities like forests” William McDonough Ah, the dance of the cherry trees. Few things in nature are as lovely as the pink clouds of cherry blossoms. A wonderful way to welcome Spring. The loveliness is perhaps even more lovely since it is so fleeting. And the display in our gardenContinue reading “Cherry Blossom Estate – Eco-friendly Houses Inspired by Nature”

A Beetle is Shy

This post contains adlinks. How would you describe a bettle?   Beetles can be colossal or tiny creatures. They can be colourful or plain, friendly and helpful or harmful. Beetles can even be tasty. And telegraphic! During Spring beetles and bugs are everywhere we look outside, and it is the perfect time to explore theirContinue reading “A Beetle is Shy”

Festive Biomimicry Reindeer

The Festive Season is perfect for exploring some magical fun! Reindeer are amazing. Wonderful inspiration for helping Father Christmas. Exploring questions, fun, silly and serious, that excite our mind and then looking for ways to put an answer together. Sometimes the solution will work, sometimes, especially when exploring the world with young children, the magicContinue reading “Festive Biomimicry Reindeer”

Pussy Willow Madness – Art, Poem and Science

What way does the willow grow where you live? There are some special willows that grow in the Arctic. The branches help to protect the plants from the cold wind. Can you draw a Polar Willow that grows in the Arctic? The pussy willows are out and that is a sure sign that spring isContinue reading “Pussy Willow Madness – Art, Poem and Science”

Biomimicry Journal – Bubble Froth Inspiration

What if you can use foam to protect yourself from germs? What would you look like? Foam-nesting frogs build meringue-like structures to protect their young even under the harshest of conditions. The nests look delicate but they are tough structures. These types of frogs can provide inspiration for lots of ideas. Creating a Biomimicry JournalContinue reading “Biomimicry Journal – Bubble Froth Inspiration”

Patterns Everywhere! Be Inspired

Almost too perfect to be true. Like an artist has dreamed up some geometrically perfect and correct plants or sand dunes. Nature’s symmetry is a subject that has fascinated philosophers, mathematicians, artists, architects, and physicists. Photo: Pixabay Patterns can be found everywhere in nature and walking around looking for pattern is a fun, imaginary activityContinue reading “Patterns Everywhere! Be Inspired”

Build a Snow City

There has been plenty of chances to watch the squirrels who visit our garden more or less every day. Squirrels are quick, agile and fascinating. Also squirrels. . . have sharp claws that helps them shift direction when they are climbing trees can run headfirst down trees have light and small bodies And most importantlyContinue reading “Build a Snow City”

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?”

Inspirational Video – Jay Collecting Acorns

How many acorns will a jay collect over a season? Squirrels are not the only  animal that love to collect and bury acorns. A jay can store as many as 5, 000 acorns! They place their acorns in many different places such as natural holes, crevices in tree bark and under leaf litter. Just likeContinue reading “Inspirational Video – Jay Collecting Acorns”

The wonders of an Autumn walk

Children are curious about the wonders of autumn. They would ponder natures beauty of leaves changing colours and trees dropping treasures. Even if you have witnessed many autumns you many still be impressed by the beauty. Autumn in the forest is so magical. Raindrops look like jewels and the towering trees provide the perfect backdropContinue reading “The wonders of an Autumn walk”

Invite a Tree and a Tree Kangaroo for Tea!

The Woodland Trust is encouraging families to celebrate the UK’s incredible trees and woods by throwing a tree party! Become a leaf expert and learn more about trees! We spent a morning walking around in a big local park looking for a suitable tree to invite. So difficult to choose. It would be lovely toContinue reading “Invite a Tree and a Tree Kangaroo for Tea!”

How to raise a child that cares about nature

It is in the news every day, from climate change to disappearing species, and we need to do something to reverse these trends. But how do we encourage children to not only care but also take action? Curiosity, care and compassion for our natural world comes from early contact with nature. A sense of wonder,Continue reading “How to raise a child that cares about nature”

Vitamin G – The Importance of Exploring Nature

Smell, splash and listen! Put on your wellies and dance outside! How high is an oak tree? How do you measure the height of an ant nest? How does a wet pile of autumn leaves smell? Some answer are not found inside the classroom, instead you have to walk out in nature to find theContinue reading “Vitamin G – The Importance of Exploring Nature”

Whispering Ancient Trees – Listening to Nature

Do trees take the shape of the voices they have heard? That was one question that popped up on a walk when we saw this magnificent old tree with gnarled trunk. A trunk filled with faces and animals. . . Trees are a precious part of our heritage and at the very beginning of ourContinue reading “Whispering Ancient Trees – Listening to Nature”

Be Inspired by Frogs

Do you know why frogs have big eyes that bulge out? Or why frogs can walk upside down? Frog eyes are big and come in a stunning range of colors and patterns. Perhaps you have seen a frog resting in the water with only its eyes and nose above the surface. Frogs can protrude theirContinue reading “Be Inspired by Frogs”

Slugs are Cool

Would it not be great if you could smell with your body just like a slug? Slugs are everywhere! And gooey slime is a wonderful substance that can solve many problems. Britain has ideal conditions for slugs to thrive – cool damp summers and warmish mild wet winters. Climate changes also contribute into turning ourContinue reading “Slugs are Cool”

Climate Smart Fairy Houses

  Nowadays even fairies need to be climate smart. So we built climate smart houses for the fairies that live in our garden. We got inspiration from studying cones. Pine cones open and close depending upon the level of moisture in the air. The scales of pine cones  open in hot and dry weather andContinue reading “Climate Smart Fairy Houses”

Biomimicry, Pasta and Mind Mapping – Dandelion Magic

Ahhh, you never really know where a you might end up when you blow dandelion seeds. Watching the little parachutes dance away in the chilly spring breeze may spark all sort of ideas. Observe, listen, touch, smell and in same cases even taste. To be creative, curious and to observe the world is an excitingContinue reading “Biomimicry, Pasta and Mind Mapping – Dandelion Magic”

A Day at the Beach – Inspired by Sandpipers and Seagulls

Building sandcastles, surfing on waves, and licking the world’s yummiest ice-cream! A day at the beach can be truly magical. Children can tank their bodies with warm sun rays and parents’ endless love. But it can also be a day filled with wonderous and mind-boggling ideas and questions. Dream, build and invent. Invent playground shapedContinue reading “A Day at the Beach – Inspired by Sandpipers and Seagulls”

Autumn Owl Robo – Use Biomimicry to Teach Children to Think

I have big eyes. The big eyes help me to. . . Owls are most vocal in Autumn and you can twit-twhoo-ing when you make this craft inspired by owls’ big eyes. The big eyes help owls to see in the dark. We made an Autumn Owl robo with several eyes so that it canContinue reading “Autumn Owl Robo – Use Biomimicry to Teach Children to Think”

Wide-Awake Hedgehog – An Autumnlicious Book

“The evenings were darkening and the leaves were turning gold. It was the time when hedgehogs should be settling for their winter sleep. But Isaac the hedge was not feeling sleepy. Isaac wanted to play But who would play with Isaac?” Wide-Awake Hedgehog by Rosie Wellesley is a perfect book to snuggle up under aContinue reading “Wide-Awake Hedgehog – An Autumnlicious Book”

9 Nature Books Perfect for Biomimicry

I hope I have inspired you all to include Biomimicry into your life, whether it is in the classroom or at home. Below is a list of great book to use when observing plants and animals and to spark an interest in asking big questions. The focus when using biomimicry is on observing animals andContinue reading “9 Nature Books Perfect for Biomimicry”