River in a Tray
It’s finally sunny outside so why not take your class outside for a bit of outdoor learning and fun! This #WhatsInMyTray activity allows children to explore rivers and their surroundings.
You will need…
- Gratnells F1 tray
- Gratnells art tray
- Access to an outdoor area
- Aluminum foil
- Outdoor inspired materials – twigs, leaves, flowers, sand, pinecones, mud, sticks, plastic flowers
- Blue coloured water
What to do…
- Add some sand or mud to a Gratnells art tray (or an F1) and dig a dip in the centre to allow your river to run through.
- Crunch some tinfoil a semi-circle and place it in the dip.
- Around the edges, we decorated the river banks using some lego blocks, but you could use any other nature-inspired items that you have in your classroom.
- Head outside and hunt for twigs, leaves and flowers. We even managed to find some pine cones! Collect these up in a separate F1 tray and select from here to further accessorise your river banks.
- Add some food colouring to some water, and pour it into your tin foil river. We added some fish and a rubber duck and let them go for a swim!
Health and Safety
As with all Gratnells What’s In My Tray activities, you should carry out your own risk assessment prior to undertaking any activities with children.