I have spent a very exciting morning in Sandal Beat Woods, as F2’s information board was erected. F2 children spent a long time researching woodland animals and creating beautiful artwork as part of their last expedition. I am sure you will all agree that their finished work looks fantastic. Our F2 children should be very proud of themselves. I wonder if you can spot your portrait?

The information board is within the fenced off area by the fire circles, opposite the park. I’m sure it will be very helpful to all members of the public and children visiting the woods. Due to current restrictions at the education center, the best day to visit the woods and see the sign is Tuesday as the gates to this area are locked through the week.

Well done F2!

Free your feet!

If you’d like to take part in the 30 days wild challenge, today’s task is to free your feet. Get those socks and shoes off and go for a squelch in the mud or a paddle in a puddle. Make sure you share your picture with Doncaster Forest School on Facebook to get your passport points. I’d love to see your pictures too and can sign your passport when you’re back in school. Send your pictures to sshuka@ploverschool.co.uk

Did you guess what these were?

Do you remember the mystery eggs I found a few weeks ago? Did anyone guess what they were? I missed the caterpillar stage but now have lots of these little chrysalis around the nest. Soon they will hatch out as Vapourer Moths and fly away.

New arrivals

Finally after weeks of watching the spiders nest is full of tiny spiders. They are fascinating to watch, crawling up and down the webs. Each one is ans tiny as a grain of rice so you need to look really carefully. What can you find in your garden? Remember some things are so tiny, they are easy to miss!

A Dandelion a day keeps the doctor away

Did anyone guess what I would use my dandelions for? COOKIES!

These are actually quite good for you too as dandelions are high in vitamins A, C, E and K. If you do make these, remember to think about where you pick your dandelions and what may have been near them or sprayed on them. Some people may be allergic as dandelion stems contain latex so check with your  adult first.

Here’s what you will need: 1/2 cup of oil, 1/2 cup of honey, 1 cup of flour, 1 cup of oats, 2 eggs, 1tsp vanilla essence and 1/2 cup of dandelion petals.

First mix all the wet ingredients together.

Next blend in all the dry ingredients.

Drop dollops of mixture onto a baking tray.

Cook at 180 for about 10-15 minutes.

ENJOY!

Wakey Wakey Dandelions!

Today I have been outside watching the dandelions wake up. Can you see how they have opened up? We call these weeds but they are really useful little plants. You will never guess what I’m going to do with mine today! Come back later to find out.

Wish upon a star

Take a look up at the sky tonight and you should spot a few meteors or shooting stars. This week there has been a Lyrid Meteor shower and tonight should be the best night to see it. I’ve been watching over the last few nights and have been lucky enough to see a few. What will you be wishing for?

Lots crawling, wriggling and rooting

My little helper and I have had a very busy weekend at Forest School. We’ve managed to plant another 20 trees but there are still lots more to plant. I wonder how big they will be by the time we go back to school. Look out for them if you go out for your daily exercise. We’ve also started building a bug Hotel. A few guests have already checked in as you can see!

The Big Hedgehog Map

It’s Springtime and the hedgehogs should be waking up. Have you seen any around your garden? Why not join the hedgehog hunt. Visit www.bighedgehogmap.org/

and add your postcode to see how many hedgehogs are living near you and if you’re lucky enough to spot one make sure you add it too. There’s at least one that likes to visit the foundation stage playground.

A Bug Motel in a can

Spring has sprung and we’ve really enjoyed searching in the garden for minibeasts. Today I’m going to make my own mini bug motel to encourage a few more minibeasts to visit our garden. Have a go and see who comes holidaying in your garden!