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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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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GOING GREEN – Windowsill Edible Gardens

 

Materials

beans or seeds
lettuce/greens are ideal, or select DWARF varieties to plant
small amount of damp potting soil (not dripping wet)
paper towel, cup of water
jar lid or shallow dish with lip
recycled containers for planting

Instructions

fill each container with damp potting or seed starting soil
gently pat the surface but don’t press the soil too hard

sow seeds according to packet instructions
roughly as deep as the seed is large
i.e. 2cm bean, planted 2cm deep

small seeds can be scattered across the surface
of the soil, then covered with a thin layer of soil

for larger seeds, make a small hole in the soil wit
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a pencil or skewer and gently push the seed into the hole

make sure all seeds are deep enough, and covered by soil
use a spray bottle to water thoroughly after planting

REMEMBER to label everything!

Finishing

place the containers on a bright windowsill out of direct
full-day sun, or plants may get too hot and “bolt”

water thoroughly and evenly every day
don’t let the plants dry out but don’t drown them either!

as the plants grow, thin out smaller or weaker ones

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