Quick find

Don’t want to read all the blog posts? No bother. Decide whether you’re looking for a quick activity that’ll keep everyone occupied for half an hour or so, something that might take a morning or an afternoon, or a bigger project that might run on for several days or more, and scroll through the list of posts below. New posts will show at the top, so when you check back you’ll be easily able to find new activities.

Quick

  • Trace metals in the environment: why they matter
    Have you ever thought about trace metals and how they enter our environment? Why not read our blog today to find out!
  • Insect counts
    Contribute to the Pollinator Plan by doing a time count of pollinators on a patch of flowers by you, and submit your records to the National Biodiversity Record Centre
  • Oceans of Learning
    Info about and links to a wonderful site full of marine activities and learning resources built by the Marine Institute
  • Do one simple thing for nature today
    This poster is designed to make it really easy for children to take that first stepContinue reading “Do one simple thing for nature today”
  • Ocean Acidification
    A simple experiment to show the effects of ocean acidification on shelled animals in our seas
  • 2 Minute Beach Clean
    Become an ocean hero and do a 2 minute beach clean
  • Practice Leave No Trace
    Below are seven tips to encourage the kids in your life to practice Leave No Trace.
  • Rainbow Art
    A fun way to draw in the rain!
  • Ocean Cams
    Some underwater ocean cams for you to enjoy!
  • Find your tree twin
    Go to the woods and find your Tree Twins
  • Underwater Observatories
    A downloadable on underwater observatories, including links to citizen science projects where you can get involved identify animals for scientists.
  • Wicklow Mountains National Park
    A link to the wonderful nature activities hosted on the Wicklow Mountains National Park website
  • Ocean Instrument Quiz
    Guess the Ocean Instrument! A fun picture quiz – and yes, we give you the answers, and tell you what each instrument is for
  • Ocean Eddies
    Everything you need to know about Ocean Eddies. A downloadable with links to videos and other cool stuff
  • Learn about Lakes
    Learn about lakes from a series of short videos produced by researchers
  • Waves
    How do waves form and why are they important? Read all about it from surfing to renewable energy!
  • Respect Farm Animals and Wildlife Learn the Rule of Thumb
    Learn how you can practise Leave No Trace principle of Respect Farm Animals and Wildlife.
  • How does the ocean circulate: part 3
    A follow up from previous experiments on water temperature and water saltiness, this activity explains the global ocean circulation that all our lives depend on
  • 22º Halo
    A short post on a 22 degree sun halo seen in the skies over Galway one sunny May day
  • Make a bird bath
    A really quick DIY birdbath to help all the birds through the gorgeous weather we’ve been having lately.
  • Rainy Days
    Just a couple of nice websites with puzzle and colouring things to do on a rainy day. Some animal drawing tutorials too.
  • Animal Cams
    Animal cams from around the World! Go on safari on the South Africa / Botswana border, see bears in Transylvania, or catch racoons in a South Carolina back yard. Or follow the links to the webcams in Dublin Zoo or San Diego Zoo, or watch pandas in a reserve in China
  • How does the ocean circulate: part 2
    Here’s an indoor experiment to look at how the saltiness of water causes it to move, which is part of the reason why the ocean is in constant circulation
  • Sea Eagle Web Cam
    Check out the AMAZING live webcam off the Sea Eagles in County Cork’s Glengarriff Nature Reserve. Also featuring a couple of other live nests: Ospreys in Wales and Great Grey Owls in Montana, USA.
  • Flower pressing activity
    Brief and simple instructions for how to press flowers
  • Water Cycle Board Game
    Fun but educational board game about the water cycle. An innovative take on snakes and ladders
  • Write a story
    Write a story inspired by your local woods or your favourite tree
  • Who Am I? An Animal Guessing Game
    Learn about Irish wildlife through a simple guessing game
  • How does the ocean circulate
    See how water temperature affects ocean circulation
  • Garden Birdwatching
    ID sheets for common garden birds from Birdwatch Ireland Cork
  • Nature Art
    Make pictures from leaves, flowers, stones, shells, pine cones etc.
  • Leaf Rubbing
    Leaf rubbing: a 30 min activity for all ages

Half day

  • Ladybird Lodge
    A great activity from the Natural History Museum London guiding you through simple steps to make a cosy home for hibernating ladybirds
  • Rock Pooling
    Summer is a great time to get outside and learn more about the environment. Rock poolingContinue reading “Rock Pooling”
  • Learn about rocks
    This 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 Hunt
    Herbology 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 Bingo
    Find a row in any direction to win the game. Can you find them all?
  • Head on a summer Stroll
    Summer 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 Walk
    Texture walk: how place feelsThe simple act of taking a walk—a walk with a curricular focusContinue reading “Texture Walk”
  • Invertebrates!
    A seashore activity looking at the small creatures that live among the rocks and algae
  • Species A Day
    If 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 Challenge
    We 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 Detectives
    Going 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 2
    Birdsongs for Sparrows, Coal tits, Robins and Starlings. Can you tell them apart?
  • Wildlife Safari
    Today we join Albert Nolan on a Wildlife Safari
  • Fun in the Intertidal Zone- a Virtual Visit
    Follow Leave No Trace Trainer Mairead to the intertidal zone and learn all about the animals that live there.
  • Seaweed Pressing
    Learn to press seaweeds and make beautiful pictures
  • Design your dream park
    This is National Biodiversity week and we are inviting the children to design their own dream park
  • Get out camping – at home
    Let’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 virtually
    Take a virtual walk on the seashore with Mairead and learn all about the animals she meets on the rocks.
  • Live Deep-sea Dives
    Where to watch deep-sea ROV dives live. Links for RV Okeanos Explorer, RV Falkor and RV Nautilus. Who’s diving today?
  • Saving Species
    Find 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 bombs
    Make 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 Watch
    This 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!
  • Birdsong
    Birdsongs for Great tits, blue tits, chaffinches, and blackbirds. Learn to tell them apart.
  • Observing the weather in Ireland
    The aim of the lesson plan is for the children to learn about weather observations.
  • Preparing for an Imaginary Trek
    An 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 Hunt
    Dr 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 Hunt
    You can go on a minibeast hunt in your own garden. You’ll soon notice it’s teeming with wildlife!
  • Plastic Bottle Bird Feeder
    Make a plastic bottle bird feeder cheaply and easily and fill it with bird food from the supermarket

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