Minnie has been fascinated by the concept of hibernation ever since we explored our nocturnal woodland scene pictured below.
We've had many discussions exploring questions like; Why do animals hibernate? How do they get food if they're asleep? Where do they hibernate? etc, etc. After playing with the above play scene Minnie was keen to build a hedgehog house outside! (Knowing my daughters love of stick collecting I knew she'd have fun with this.)
Using sticks collected from our neighbourhood & from previous woodland walks, she set about designing her hedgehog habitat.
This was a perfect opportunity to experiment outdoors, to create & design, problem solve, & construct with natural materials. In doing so Minnie (3yrs) was able to explore & adapt her thinking, & independently create a home for nature.
She requested help to build the initial structure, so we collected the larger branches to create a frame, before she set to work building the rest of the hedgehog house.
We've recently cleared our butterfly garden ready for the winter, & this structure is now nestling in the corner ready for any visitors to stop by. Our neighbours have small spaces under their fencing so any hedgehogs have easy access to roam between gardens & hopefully find Minnie's new build.
She wanted to add a sign just to make sure the hedgehogs knew where to head for, so she asked me to scribe for her & then added her text above.
She then positioned her sign & the hedgehog house was complete!
We've since laminated the sign to keep it weatherproof, & added a few ferns & leaves to the top of the structure. Oh & my little architect added a house guest too! :)
We're looking forward to seeing who visits over the next few weeks, in fact Minnie is checking daily!
For more activities & books exploring hibernation click here.