A timeline of Superbloom activities from previous weeks
Over the course of Superbloom we have been coming up with exciting activities you can do at home or school that coincide with major events taking place at the Tower of London. If you’ve missed a weekly activity, or want to try again, we've got it covered. Below is a timeline of the weekly activities and challenges we have set over the past few weeks and months.
It’s never too late to give it a go!
Activity of the Week:
Start your Superbloom off with a burst of optimism by sending the earth your positive thoughts. Find a container – it could be an old jam jar or a cake tin – and ask everyone in class to write an encouraging message to the seeds or draw a picture of them in full bloom., then bury the capsule in your garden and wait for your flowers to bloom!
Activity of the week: Changing seasons
Take note of the early signs of Spring; the days are getting ever so slightly longer and there are green shoots on trees and shrubs. You might see catkins, snow drops or primroses flowering despite the cold weather. Think of five words to describe how that makes you feel.
From the Tower Blog: Meet Alfred Hawkins!
Activity of the week: Bug Count!
Before your seeds start to grow in your Superbloom plot, take a bug count. Count all the insects you can find in one metre square. Repeat this once your flowers are in bloom and compare results. You could even take a weekly log.
Teacher blog: Sowing the Seeds of Love
From the Tower Blog: Let’s Get Planting! A look at the seed packing process.
Activity of the week: Send in the Birds!
Encourage birds into your garden by creating a simple birdbath or feeder. You can find lots of ideas online. For example, a birdbath could be made from an old bin lid or a feeder from a plastic bottle. Students could make one at home over the holidays or collect empty bottles to bring in to school.
Activity of the week: Decorate Your Space!
Decorate your space by painting pebbles using acrylic paints. Each member of the class could decorate their own. Turn them into ladybirds or other bugs and line your flower beds with them.
Activity of the week: Listen to your surroundings.
Spring makes itself known to us through sound as well as vision. Go into your gardens and close your eyes. What can you hear? Are there birds? Buzzing bees? Or maybe other sounds like traffic, children playing or aeroplanes flying above. Try it again once your flowers bloom and see if it has changed.
Teacher Blogs: Hillborough in Bloom
From the Tower Blog: Superbloom May Update
Activity of the Week: Notice the Resilience of Nature.
Nature is incredibly resilient and can adapt to the surrounding environment in some unique and interesting ways. Although built-up areas like towns and cities are paved and full of buildings, nature can still find its way through all of the concrete, cement and paved roads, finding new ways to thrive.
On your way to school look out for plants and flowers growing in strange and unique places like in cracks, under fences and around buildings, maybe take a picture and discuss your findings with your friends and teachers. Remember, nature always finds a way.