Thursday, 2 August 2012

If You Go Down To The Woods Today, Your Child Can Eat Jelly And Become An Arborist

Teddy Bear’s Picnic

Gather a few favourite teddies in your child’s back pack, a picnic blanket, plastic cups and saucers, a few cucumber sandwiches and some juice then head to the park for a teddy bear’s picnic... or the living room floor if it won’t stop raining!

Tearing up jelly - easier than it looks!
Combine it with a bit of baking by making individual fruity jellies for a picnic pudding:

  • Small jelly moulds can be found cheaply in supermarkets and poundshops but if you haven't got any kids plastic cups work really well. 
  • Simply make up the jelly - kids can help cutting it into cubes or stirring the hot water until the cubes dissolve. 
  • Chop up a few pieves of fruit (not kiwi, papaya or pineapple or the jelly won't set) pop them in the bottom of each jelly mould/cup and then pour the jelly on top. 
  • The jelly will take a few hours to set, so best to make it first thing or the night before.
Our super-cheap jelly moulds
How Old Are the Trees In Your Park?

You will need:                                                                                                           
  • A fabric tape measure (or a paper one from Ikea)
  • Some trees
  • A notebook and pen
How to work it out:
  • Take the tape measure and wrap it around the tree trunk of your chosen tree to measure the circumference.
  • Because of the average rate of growth of your average British tree, the tree will be roughly as many years old as it is inches around the middle, or the number of centimetres divided by 2.5.
  • Try measuring other trees to compare, put the tape measure at roughly the same height you measured the first tree at.
  • Are all the trees in the park a similar age? Were the trees all planted at the same time, or were groups planted at different times?

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