< Summer
< Summer Games

Catch Quoits
Continental Drift
Rippingly Good Space Hopping
What's This?
Darn 'n' Dash
Hanging Spoons
DIY Kites
Sweetie Treasure Chase
Hare and Hounds
Up Jenkins!
Speed Scrabble
Underwater Magic
Fairy Fair
Tom Thumb Garden
Fruity Art
Matchbox Miniatures
Poppy People
Duck Races
Leaf Boats
Fizzy Drink Splutter
One-Metre Safari
Fairy, Elf and Sylvanian Houses
Bubble Gum Competition
Build a Tea Kitchen
Whittle a Toasting Fork
Cream Chase and Shoot
Sprouting Bubbles
Milkmaid's Butter-Making
Flying Bubbles
Giant Bubbles
Make a Giant Bubble Wand
XXXtra Strong Bubble Mix
Whittle a Walking Stick
Bubble Walk

One-Metre Safari

This started off as light entertainment: how many things could the kids see in a metre of earth? But then we got our magnifying glasses out and it got interesting. Looking closely, intensely, at a small plot of land is like discovering a new planet. Mindblowing!

The best one-metre safaris happen on walks in the woods, but you can do this pretty well in a park or garden too. It's simple: get down get on your hands and knees and look closely at a one-metre square piece of ground. If you've got one, take a magnifying glass with you.

Ask the children to pretend they're only 2cm high: the grass would be a jungle and a worm as big and scary as an anaconda. Where would they live - is there anywhere that looks safe? And what would they eat? How scary would that big butterfly be?

The children might like to write down their finds – pollen grains, petals, half-chewed leaves, greenfly eggs, worm casts – or examine insects at closer quarters in a glass jar. It's fascinating to see the world that's going on beneath our feet.