Science Activities in the Garden
Over the past few weeks, we have all probably spent more time than usual in front of a screen. I know I have, from Zoom calls, WhatsApping my friends and family and meetings on Microsoft Teams, I really have spent a bit too much time in front of a screen. So I took some time out away from the screen to come to my favourite place at Highfield and Brookham – which is the pond! I have spent a very enjoyable morning in the sunshine getting the pond back up to speed by clearing out the dead leaves and generally tidying it up.
As children break for the Easter holidays, I thought now would be the perfect time to share some ideas for science-based activities in the garden. Why not give them a go?
- Go stargazing. Clear nights offer a perfect opportunity for this – what constellations can you see? Maybe the Big Dipper or Orion?
- Make a mini wildlife pond. All that’s needed is a plastic box, some sand, some stones or pebbles and rainwater.
- Make new plants. Take some cuttings from existing plants and watch them grow.
- Weave a twig fence. If out on a daily walk, collect some lengths of bendy sticks and twigs and weave them into a new fence or create a garden sculpture.
- Plant a herb garden. Have you got a redundant wheelbarrow or other container ? Plant it up with some tasty herbs – you can buy these in the supermarket or greengrocer.
Some screen-based research may be required beforehand! Please use things you have to hand and please don’t make unnecessary journeys to get extra equipment.
Enjoy the Easter break.
Andy Baker, Head of Science