Busy bee activities are designed to keep you occupied for at least a couple of hours and maybe longer, but certainly not more than a day. We’ll only ever post activities that meet current coronavirus lockdown restrictions – but these are likely to keep changing so check that the activity is safe to undertake before you start it. We’ll be adding new activities as the coronavirus lockdown progresses.
Featured Busy Bee Activity
Plastic Bottle Bird Feeder
Cheap and easy to make and, if you hang it close by, you can tempt the birds up close to your windows. So you not only get the fun of making it, but something fun to watch while we’re all stuck at home!
Download the full instructions: Plastic Bottle Bird Feeder
All Busy Bee Activities
- Pimp my balconyA cheap space saving planter for your balcony, which is also suitable for anyone wanting to make a vertical wall of plants.
- Ladybird LodgeA great activity from the Natural History Museum London guiding you through simple steps to make a cosy home for hibernating ladybirds
- How to build a den: outdoor activityDen building is a fantastic activity for all ages. You can do it at any time of year, but also rmember to use fallen leaves and branches. by doing this your are practising the principles of Leave No Trace.
- Rock PoolingA fun day out at the sea side rock pooling. A guide to what you need…
- Learn about rocksThis activity makes the rock cycle real for your child. Processes that take millions of years can be recreated at far lower temperatures in your kitchen. You and your child can also finally make use of all those broken crayons you have in the cupboard.
- Herbology HuntHerbology Hunt. Monthly spotter sheets from the Wild Flower Society. Particularly suitable for younger kids with easy to identify and common verge and hedgerow plants
- Seashore BingoFind a row in any direction to win the game. Can you find them all?
- Head on a summer StrollSummer is a wonderful time for a wander around the woods. Escape the heat and enjoy a walk under the dappled, cool shade of the tree canopy.
- Texture WalkThe simple act of taking a walk and exploring the textures of nature around you
- Invertebrates!A seashore activity looking at the small creatures that live among the rocks and algae
- Species A DayIf you haven’t already discovered it, it’s time to hook up with #SpeciesADay, a fun initiative from the National Biodiversity Data Centre
- Critically Endangered Invertebrate ChallengeWe challenge you to find the coolest invertebrates, and find out why they are endangered and what is needed to save them
- Pond Dipping for Nature DetectivesGoing pond dipping is a bit like carrying out a scientific experiment! What will you discover, who will spot the biggest animal, will you find more frogs or fish…? Turn your pond dipping adventure into a scientific experiment by making some predictions about what you might find, use the attached worksheets from the Woodland Trust to help you.
- Is your beach eroding?Is your local beach growing or eroding. Here’s how to find out!
- Birdsong 2Birdsongs for Sparrows, Coal tits, Robins and Starlings. Can you tell them apart?
- Wildlife SafariToday we join Albert Nolan on a Wildlife Safari
- Fun in the Intertidal Zone- a Virtual VisitFollow Leave No Trace Trainer Mairead to the intertidal zone and learn all about the animals that live there.
- Seaweed PressingLearn to press seaweeds and make beautiful pictures
- Design your dream parkThis is National Biodiversity week and we are inviting the children to design their own dream park
- Get out camping – at homeLet’s go camping – at home! You can do this in a tent on the lawn, under the stars, or sleeping out on the patio. You can even camp inside if the weather is too wet and wild. Build your own hut out of sheets and chairs.
- Exploring your seashore virtuallyTake a virtual walk on the seashore with Mairead and learn all about the animals she meets on the rocks.
- Live Deep-sea DivesWhere to watch deep-sea ROV dives live. Links for RV Okeanos Explorer, RV Falkor and RV Nautilus. Who’s diving today?
- Make a Hedgehog CafeInstructions for making a simple hedgehog feeding station that’ll keep the cats and foxes at bay
- Saving SpeciesFind out more about threatened species and browse the amazing IUCN Red List website that lists most of the world’s species that are we know to be under threat, and provides loads of info about those species.
- Make your own wildflower seed bombsMake a seed bomb and throw it onto areas of bare soil to provide a little pop of colour and biodiversity. A delightfully messy activity for all the family!
- Moon WatchThis activity explains how the moon affects the size of the tides, and all you need is 3 balls of different sizes (the moon, the earth and the sun!), paper, scissors, colours, and a mini-figure!
- BirdsongBirdsongs for Great tits, blue tits, chaffinches, and blackbirds. Learn to tell them apart.
- Observing the weather in IrelandThe aim of the lesson plan is for the children to learn about weather observations.
- Preparing for an Imaginary TrekAn activity from Leave no Trace: Prepare and have an imaginary Trek! Enjoy the trek inside or out – the imaginary jungle is all around you. Plan ahead and prepare for all that could befall you!
- Bug HuntDr Michel Dugon (aka RTEs bug hunter) tells how to make a pitfall trap to catch the bugs in your garden
- Make Space for Bees!How to make bee houses for different kinds of bees
- Mini Beast HuntYou can go on a minibeast hunt in your own garden. You’ll soon notice it’s teeming with wildlife!
- Plastic Bottle Bird FeederMake a plastic bottle bird feeder cheaply and easily and fill it with bird food from the supermarket