Elephants, where are they? Draw a Map of Endangered Animals

Every elephant counts! On the Fifth of May, we saved Five Trumpeting Elephants But where are they? The magnificent elephants migrate and cross borders. Elephants have no passports like humans and it vital to count the numbers and see where they are to help protect them. To help protect elephants in Africa "The Great Elephant …

Biomimicry for Young Children – Inspired by Endangered Orangutangs

On the third day of March We saved three Swinging Orangutans Our think dive this month is inspired by not only orangutans but also dreams about Easter bunnies and chocolate. After we have learnt that the production of palm oil is a major threat to orangutans we decided to make a chocolate bark using chocolate …

Biomimicry for Young Children Inspired by the Endagered 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, …

Biomimicry for Young Children – Inspired by Endangered Dugongs

Dugongs spark our curiosity and tug our heart-strings. These sea cows are beautiful and fascinating creatures. The first day of January we saved One swimming dugong Inspired by the carol "The Twelve days fo Christmas", we made up a song where we each month saved an animal - The Twelve Months of Endangered Animals Song. …

The Twelve Days of Endangered Animals Christmas Challenge – Day 12

On the twelfth day of Christmas  my true love sent to me 12 drummers drumming The last challenge inspired by the traditional as well as the Australian version of the Christmas Carol The Twelve Days of Christmas. Can you rewrite the song and use endangered animals as inspiration. Perhaps you can write a version that …

The Twelve Days of Endangered Animals Christmas Challenge – Day 11

Does nagging help? Does nagging make you stop doing something? In the Australian version  of Twelve Days of Christmas, we have On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love to me 11 numbats nagging Photo Helenabella So what can we do instead of nagging? Perhaps you can make a play and perform it during …

The Twelve Days of Endangered Animals Christmas Challenge – Day 8

Dairy cows! Are cows an endangered species? On the eighth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: 8 Maids a Milking The loss of biodiversity is not only threatening wild animals but also farm animals. Farm animals have been domesticated for centuries but today many species are not regarded as suitable for contemporary …

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 our …

Spooky Spiderlicious Spycamera – Halloween Inspired Biomimicry for Young Children

Be inspired by Spiders to prevent a thief from stealing Halloween treats. Spiders! Oh no! Although I have never been afraid of spiders I must admit that finding a poisonous redback in my shoes in Queensland did make me jump back. The redback spider is a beautiful black spider with a big red strip on …

CroakMet Messaging Service – Biomimicry for Young Children

In the summertime, bike riding is, even more, fun! Yet there are several problems with bike riding. Frogs amazing bulging eyes and their low horse croaking sound provided inspiration to solve two of the most annoying problems. How to talk to your best friend without shouting? How to see everything that goes on behind you? …

Impressive LEGO Sculptures that Explores the Magic of the Natural World

Be inspired by Lego and nature! Beautiful LEGO: Wild! by Mike Doyle is a book brimming with inspiration! While many of the projects collected from artists around the world may require hundreds or even thousands of Legos, this book is a treasure trove that explores natural wonders from undersea landscapes to a family of sea …

Cubist Glue Art, Doodling, and Sleepy Parrotfish – Biomimicry for Young Children

Imagine that you are a tired parrotfish.You are going to sleep but first you need to make a protective cocoon. A cocoon that will keep enemies away.What does it feel like inside the cocoon? One exercise in the booklet Biomimicry for Young Children - Sea Life is about the colourful and interesting parrotfish. What things …

Super Senses and Art

Creativity - the skill to devise new solutions that has value - is considered as a teachable skill. Once regarded as the work of genius, the focus is now on understanding what conditions that encourage creativity. A tightly controlled classroom or home environment is the reality for many children. It is easier to structure a …

Love a Cloud

Fresh air, bare feet + grubby hands = active learning! Cloud Hunt Bingo, Cloud Hunting Goggles and Fog Catching. Looking for material to use in school or for home-schooling? Teachers pay Teachers is a market place where educators buy, sell and share teaching material. A couple of weeks ago I won "Clouds - Activities celebrating …

Biomimicry Design Challenge

Stunning, creative and innovative! How does nature solve transportation challenges? Transportation is linked not only to movement of people and goods, but also to equality, access to food and wildlife impacts. Student teams from around the world took part in the Biomimicry Student Design Challenge. Nature-inspired transportation ideas where used to design solutions that addressed …

Dinosaur Detective

Imagine living hundreds of millions years ago  during the age of dinosaurs. Many children go through a dinosaur phase and they become little dino-experts, twisting their tongues when they try to learn the often long and complicated names like Triceratops and Tyrannosaurs Rex. This diverse group of animals first appears during the Triassic period, over …

Animals in the Womb

  Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Albert Einstein We often have strong but divergent feelings about animals. Do dogs have minds? Do elephants have rights? And should we adopt a stray cat? The change to see things from a different perspective offers insights into other worlds. Changing …

It is so RELAXING

A study in the UK, found that only one in five kids are connected to nature. There is growing concerns over the lack of contact or limited contact that children have with the natural world and wildlife. Project Wild Thing aims towards reconnecting children with nature and inspire children to explore their relationship with the …

Bat Detective

Why not become a Bat Detective. Bats are fascinating. Did you one in every five a mammals is a bat? Well, I did not until I visited the site Bat Detective. Take your kids on a Spooky Trip on this initiative by Zooniverse. The Romanian Bat Protection Association  has involved more than 100 volunteers to collect acoustic recording of …

Fun Science

Below are a couple of great videos from Steve Spangler Science. Visit his site for explanations to why it is all Possible! Photo: Happy Girl With Night Lights by Rosen Georgiev