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Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

Animal Homes - Foundation Stage

A day’s programme does not necessarily include all the listed activities and can be adapted to suit individual needs and requirements. Normally we fit in three - five activities during your visit.

Activities Learning objective: the children should learn...
Minibeast hunt
  • to identify the variety of minibeasts found in different habitats.
Pond dipping
  • to identify the variety of aquatic life found in ponds.
Bird’s breakfast
  • to identify a variety of fruits and seeds suitable for a birds’ breakfast.
Estate agents
  • to consider the needs and requirements of animals when building a home for them in the Gardens.
You’ve been framed
  • to work collaboratively to produce an outdoor art gallery created from garden materials.
Bee game
  • through a drama activity about the life cycle of a plant and the role of bees in pollination.
Sticky teddy bears
  • about the range of different coloured and textured materials found in the Gardens by collecting items to create an individual teddy coloured shape.
Un-nature trail
  • a greater understanding of camouflage whilst hunting for hidden objects in the natural environment.
Bear hunt
  • that bears are found in different habitats around the world.


Sessions times

  • Pre-school 10am -12pm
    You are welcome to stay for lunch
  • Reception 10am to 2.30pm
    with a break for a picnic lunch at 12pm in or near the Education Centre

Booking your visit

Suggested post-visit activities

  • Make a junk model home for a favourite teddy