Saving England's most threatened species from extinction

🌈Fun Activities to Enjoy at Home!🌈

Here at Back from the Brink (virtual) HQ we are looking at new and innovative ways to bring you fun activities and help you stay connected with nature, our projects and all their amazing species.

We have also included some resources that may be useful for homeschooling, school projects and assignments.

We would love you to share what you have been doing with us, on our social media platforms Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, by tagging in @NatureBftB.

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Our Black-tailed Godwit project has produced some amazing classroom materials aimed at Key Stage 1 and 2 including lesson plans, activities, worksheets and more - everything you need is here

       

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Wordsearch puzzles are always a favourite pastime - we have created one for our Shifting Sands project which you can download here.

And, one for our Limestone's Living Legacies project which you can download here.

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Our Ladybird Spider project has produced this lovely Factsheet and Colouring-in page - they can be used as educational resources or just for fun and general interest........how big do you think a Ladybird Spider is.......how long do they live......?

 
Down load your factsheet here                             Download your Colouring-in sheet here

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Our Shifting Sands project have produced a lovely children's rabbit colouring sheet with additional information about these unsung heroes of the Brecks.

Download your "Landscape engineer extraordinaire! colouring sheet here. Please post completed pictures on our social media channels by tagging in @naturebftb if you'd like to - we would love to see them!

   

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One of our colleagues on the Dorset's Heathland Heart project is homeschooling her little boy at the moment - as a science project they created a Sand Lizard life-cycle diagram together:

This project has lots of other species that you can find listed here - why not have a go at your own species life-cycle project or perhaps an art project. We would love you to share what you've done with us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram - just tag @naturebftb.

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Our Colour in the Margins project has some fun activities and great educational resources suitable for various age groups - some are ideal for homeschooling. Download the species Crib Sheets and Species Information Sheets, and learn about some of our incredible arable plants for a mini project or perhaps use them as a basis for some artwork. From Mints to Mouse Ears and Poppies to Pansies, there is so much to discover!

Many of the downloads can be adapted to suit our current circumstances and outdoor restrictions - staying safe is a priority so have a browse through and see which ones you can adapt to home learning, hobbies and interests.

There are also some lovely colouring sheets that can be downloaded too:

         
Brown Hare                                      Prickly Poppy

         
Red Hemp Nettle                       Pheasants Eye


Grey Partridge

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If you are interested in film and photography and you have a camera or mobile phone, why not see what you can capture in your own garden - try some different angles or take things really close up to capture the detail. It's amazing what you can discover when you get up close and personal with wildlife and nature.

On our YouTube channel we have two videos that were made for our film and photography competition last year. The competition may have ended but the videos are still very relevant when learning how to get the best from what you see around you.

How to create a photo story

How to make a nature video

It's a wonderful opportunity to get creative and discover new talents and interests!

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If you are looking for a fun kids craft idea then look no further - learn how to make a Shrill Carder Bee Kazoo with this handy how-to video. It's a great way to engage kids with nature - especially the plight of the humble bumble!

              

Warning - you might have to eat some ice lollies first!!!

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A zine (pronounced zeen) is a small magazine or fanzine which gives kids an opportunity to get creative and produce a little booklet of something they are interested in.

               

It could be inspired by things they see in their garden or a favourite hobby - watch how to make one here and download our handy zine instruction guide.

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The Narrow-headed Ant is England’s rarest ant, surviving today in only one place in Devon. We have a Fantastic opportunity for you to build you own 3D model.

         

Try using unusual recyclable materials - perhaps use the guide to inspire you to make a giant robot ant!
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Here's one where you can let your imagination run wild! One of our artists in residence, Linden, has produced this lovely pamphlet 'We write the wild', which includes creative writing activities to connect you with nature - even if it is only nature that you can see in your garden or from your window or balcony. It all counts!

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As part of our Barberry Carpet Moth project our Community Artists helped us put on an event where we made paper lanterns that you could put LED lights inside if you wanted to.

       
                                                   (Please note, these are NOT for lighting with candles like Chinese lanterns)

It might be difficult to source all the materials at the moment, so if you can't, then it's definitely one you can revisit at a later date. Download the instructions here.

 

 

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