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!

Look what I found!

I’ve been out enjoying my own little forest (the bottom of my garden) and look what I’ve found! The top one is as small as a 5p coin and the other is a little bigger, like a £2 coin. Can you guess what they are? I wonder what you might find in your own garden. Let me know if you find anything interesting.

Forest School

Our Forest School children had a great session outside on Thursday. We are already beginning to remember our rules for keeping safe. Children worked together to find ways to move logs twice as big and heavy as themselves. They had great fun getting muddy, digging holes to plant trees and were really excited to find and re-home wriggly worms. Make sure you have your wellies next week as we want to jump in muddy puddles!