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OUT AND ABOUT
Take a walk to your nearest park or woodland. Take a bag to gather up some twigs and some string or wool.
• How many different trees can you spot?
• Can you spot a tree for each of the shapes in the picture below?
• Most of the trees you see won’t have leaves on, but can you spot some that do?
• How many different colours and patterns of tree bark can you find?
Blindfold Tree Exploring
Shut your eyes tight or get someone to put a scarf around your eyes. Let them lead you to a tree. Put your arms around it. Feel its bark and branches. Smell it.
Then let them lead you away from it again. Take off the blindfold.
Can you find “your” tree again?
Can you build a tower of twigs?
How tall can you make it?
BRING SOME OF YOUR TWIGS HOME
You will need these for the AT HOME activity!
Imagine you could live in a tree? What would it be like?
Draw your own tree house.
It can be as strange as you like.
• How will you get up to it?
• What rooms will it have in it?
• What will you be able to do in it?
MAKE A “CLOUTIE” OR PRAYER TREE
In some parts of England people pray by tying strips of cloth to trees. The cloths are called “clouts”, so it is called a cloutie tree. You can make your own.
Take the twigs you found on your walk and arrange them in a jam jar or vase. Tie lengths of string, ribbon or cut up strips of cloth (ask first, before you cut!) while you think of people or situations you’d like to pray for.
MORE IDEAS FOR THINGS TO DO WITH TWIGS AND TREES from nature detectives.