SPROUTS – 5 Senses of Trees

Materials

“5 Senses of Trees” Printable Activity Chart
or notebook, paper, something to write on

writing utensil (optional: one colour for each of 5 senses)

Instructions

go on a backyard amble, neighbourhood walk or trail hike

as you walk, pay close attention to what is around you
is it breezy or windy? let that steer the direction you walk

as you walk, match your breathing to your steps
if you run quickly, does your breathing speed up?
if you walk slowly, can you slow your breath to match?

can you name the 5 Senses?

SEE, HEAR, SMELL, TASTE, TOUCH

what can you discover by using those five senses?

what do you see? hear? smell? taste? feel?

find a tree in your backyard or along your walk or hike
and fill out the “5 Senses of Trees” activity chart

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April 8 - SPROUTS - Windy Walk, 5 Senses of Trees - Garddwest EcoEducation

GOING GREEN – Play a Hiking (Walking) Game

Materials

optional: 2 board game dice

Instructions

go on a backyard amble, neighbourhood walk or trail hike

Warm Up

as you walk, pay close attention to what is around you
is it breezy or windy? let that steer the direction you walk

as you walk, match your breathing to your steps
if you run quickly, does your breathing speed up?
if you walk slowly, can you slow your breath to match?

after that warm-up, you are ready to play the game!

The Hiking (Walking) Game

this game can be played by one, or many people
and the rules are very simple:

each player will pick a number or roll a dice
(if you are alone, pick or roll two numbers)

move the number of steps that you picked or rolled
if both numbers are the same, turn around before moving

Variations

use the squares of the sidewalk as a board game
and race friends to the end of the block

use dice with higher numbers i.e. 2-4-8-16-32-64
and the game will last longer, covering more ground

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April 8 - GOING GREEN - The Walking Game - Garddwest EcoEducation

SPROUTS – Bottle Gardens

Materials

large clear jar with wide opening and lid
clear tape; old spoon; a cotton ball; two long skewers
gravel or small stones; potting soil mix; small indoor plants

* to make long handled tools that will reach into your jar
tape the spoon to one wooden skewer
tape the cotton ball to the other wooden skewer

Instructions

find a work surface that can be wiped clean

spoon about 3cm of gravel into the bottom of the jar
add about 6-7cm of potting soil mix and gently press

use the spoon to make a hole in the potting soil
add one of the plants and press the soil gently in place

use as many plants as you have to fill your jar
or place one in the center and let it grow

dip the cotton ball in water and squeeze it out
use this cleaning tool to wipe the sides of the jar

Finishing

remember to clean your work surface and tools

place your bottle garden in a bright area out of direct sun

water the bottle garden once a week to start,
paying attention to how much water is left each time
some plants dry quickly, others don’t need much water

over time as your bottle garden grows you can remove
some plants to make space, or add new ones for interest

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April 7 - SPROUTS - Bottle Gardens - Garddwest EcoEducation