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Zing into spring with fresh ideas for outdoor play from nature detectives, run by the Woodland Trust

CLUB challenge

Friday 5 April 2013 

Spring is really late this year - some places
have even got snow still on the ground!

By now, we'd usually have seen lots of
ladybirds that had woken up from
hibernation, but the cold weather means
many are just starting to wake up now.

  

Your challenge: hunt for ladybirds

Plus scroll to the bottom of the page for your chance to be on
a brand new CBBC wildlife show!

 

I spy spots

The weather is supposed to start warming up this weekend, so go on a ladybird hunt to see if you can find any waking from hibernation.

Check out the Woodland Trust's live ladybird map, to see if any have been spotted near you:

ladybirdnature detectives wildlife club arrowlive ladybird map 

Can you find any ladybirds still hibernating? They like to huddle together in hollow plant stems, or cracks in tree bark. Don't disturb them though, they'll wake up soon when the weather warms up a bit more. 

nature detectives wildlife club arrow tell us if you spot a ladybird
 

 

Learn about ladybirds  

They're not all red - some are yellow, orange or black, some have lots of spots, some only have a few and some even have stripes instead :O)

Download the ladybird ID and mega fact sheet to identify and find out more about our 22 British ladybirds. 

this nature resource for kids is a pdf documentladybird ID sheetdownload this resource from the nature detectives wildlife websiteBritish ladybirds

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this nature resource for kids is a pdf documentladybird factsdownload this resource from the nature detectives wildlife website ladybird factsheet 2
 

 

Ladybird pacman 

Play this online game - can you defeat the predators to finish all three levels? Who can get the highest score?

spotted pacmannature detectives wildlife club arrowspotted pacman

nature detectives wildlife club arrowwhat's your high score?
 

 

Dominoes

Ladybirds are famous for their spots. 

Print these ladybird domino tiles, then cut out and play!  

this nature resource for kids is a pdf documentladybird dominoesdownload this resource from the nature detectives wildlife websitedownload
 

 

Spot the words

Find all the ladybird words in this wordsearch:

this nature resource for kids is a pdf documentladybird wordsearchdownload this resource from the nature detectives wildlife websitewordsearch
 

 

Jigsaw

Print this cool ladybird jigsaw puzzle and cut it into pieces - can you put it back together again?

Top tip - it's a tough one, so try starting with the middle bit first!

this nature resource for kids is a pdf documentladybird jigsawdownload this resource from the nature detectives wildlife websitejigsaw
 

 

Ladybird lifecycle

Follow the ladybird's life from winter through to summer! 

this nature resource for kids is a pdf document ladybird lifecycle mazedownload this resource from the nature detectives wildlife websitelifecycle maze
 

   

Colouring sheets

this nature resource for kids is a pdf documentladybird on leaf colouring sheetdownload this resource from the nature detectives wildlife websiteladybird on leaf

this nature resource for kids is a pdf documentladybird colouring sheetdownload this resource from the nature detectives wildlife websitegiant ladybird

 

    
  

Done a ladybird activity?

Stick this tadpole sticker over the
frogspawn on your CLUB poster
 and get ready for next week's 
adventure :O)

 

CBBCBe a wildlife warrior on CBBC

WILD is a brand new Saturday morning TV
show coming to CBBC - and you can be in it!

CBBC are looking for young people aged 9 to 14
who love the great outdoors and British Wildlife.

  • Do you get hands-on with your nature detectives CLUB challenges?
  • Do you help look after your school's wildlife area?
  • Are you passionate about birds, mammals or trees?

If so, ask Mum or Dad to get in touch and we'll email you an application form. Email us:

nature detectives wildlife club arrownaturedetectives@woodlandtrust.org.uk  

The closing date for applications is Thursday 11 April, so best get your skates on if you're interested :O)    

 
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