Welcome to our Get Busy page, where you can find lots of exciting challenges to do out and about in your world. Here, you'll find ways to support the life that is right outside your door. :)
Build your own bird feeder
What you'll need:
1. The skin of an orange
3. Bird seed
4. Chopped up apple
7. Cereal bits
Carve out and eat the middle of your orange so that you are left with just the skin
Mix together the seeds, apple, bits of cheese and cereal and raisins in a bowl with the lard until they are all stuck together and mushy - everyone loves a bit of mush!
Scoop it all together and bung it into the orange skin, making your that it's not too runny so that it doesn't melt in the sun. Maybe you could put it in the fridge for an hour to help it set.
Tie a bit of ribbon or string to the orange by poking a little hole through the top. Hang it up on your tree and watch the birds come and feast on your marvellous creation!
challenge 2: Litter Picking
A great thing to do to support your local community and wildlife, is to go litter picking. Litter can be dangerous to wildlife as animals can get stuck in rubbish that people have thrown onto the ground or could even be poisoned. By taking out a bag with you on a walk, you can simply collect the rubbish and recycling you see and dispose of it responsibility. Remember to take and send in photos of what you've been doing so that we can put the up on the Your Space page!
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Challenge 3: Go on a Nature Treasure Hunt
Oooh, this one is a lot of fun and all about you and what you can find out and about outside your home. Your challenge is to spot as many interesting things out in nature as you can, photograph them, put them in your scrapbook or even better still, draw or paint them and send us in what you've been doing!
Here's some ideas for what you can find and some of our pictures to help you on your way:
1. A butterfly
2. A bee
3. A pretty flower
6. A bird
7. Some berries
8. Pretty leaves
Challenge 4: Make a Bug Hut or Bug Hotel
Ever wondered where all the bugs live? Well now you can make them a home yourself!
What bugs might come to your bug home?
. Wood lice
. Snails / snails
What will you need?
You can use so many different things and your huts / hotels can be filled even more, but to get you started, I made 2 bug huts and drew out a plan for a 3rd which you can get some ideas from :)
For the hut / hotel / home:
. Sticks / twigs / wood / bark
. Paper or card / cartons
. Inside of a toilet roll
. Flower pot
. Photo frame
For the inside:
. Twigs / bark
. Stones / rocks
. String / rope
. Nuts / nut shells
Challenge 5: Hide your Painted Pebbles for Others to Find
Paint and hide painted pebbles :)
Find yourself a pebble or stone a decide what you want to paint on it. Maybe you could do a bug or an animal or your favourite character from a film or game.
Use acrylic paint or acrylic pens to paint your stone and maybe give it a couple of coats of paint so that the colour is bright and the stone is easy to spot.
Hide them somewhere so that other people can find them; you'll make their day that little bit brighter!
Challenge 6: Build your own fairy garden
Create a home for garden fairies!
Find yourself a suitable place in your garden (or in a plant pot if you don't have a garden) that you think the fairies will be happy to live.
Use things from your garden to build a special place for your visitors. You can use twigs, acorns, pine cones, recycled pots to make a pond, little stones, etc. Make your garden exciting by creating secret hiding places, building a washing line, giving them a rockery or a vegetable patch, or really anything else - it's up to you!
Step away and let your special visitors settle in. You can always add new thing to your garden if you think of anything else.
Send in photos of your creations to be featured on the site and be in with a chance to win Photo of the Week!
Have fun :)