Family Activities to do back at home
Getting outdoors while you're on holiday with us is great. Here are some ways to carry on these experiences with your family back at home.
FAMILY ACTIVITY: Sky TV
No equipment needed just find a comfy spot, lie down and see what you can see in the clouds. What shapes and stories can you see moving in the sky?
You can tell a lot about the coming weather from the clouds that are in the sky click here to see the Met Offices Cloud website.
*Being careful not to look directly at the sun*
FAMILY ACTIVITY: Seeds and Fruit
What seeds and fruit can you find growing in your local area?
Seeds are formed in the female part of the flower after the ovule has been fertilised by pollen.
A pollen grain lands on the stigma when the flower is pollinated (e.g. by a bee). A tube grows down through the style to the ovary and into the ovule (known as the pollen tube). When the male pollen and female ovule join, the ovule is fertilised. The fertilised ovule develops into a seed. This seed may eventually grow into a new plant.
The ovary protects the seed as it develops. The combination of fertilised ovule and ovary is called the fruit. In scientific terms, the word 'fruit' has a slightly different meaning to its everyday usage. As well as familiar edible fruits (like apples, bananas and lemons) acorns, holly berries and sycamore 'helicopters' are all classed as fruits.
Plants need to spread (or disperse) their seeds some distance from the parent plant, so that the new plant is not in competition (for light, water and mineral salts).
Not all seeds land in a suitable place to grow. Some seeds do not even germinate, while others will die young, before the new plant is able to make seeds of its own. To overcome this problem, plants usually produce large numbers of seeds to make sure that some survive.
FAMILY ACTIVITY: Cuckoo count
The cuckoo was once a very familiar part of life and a sign of spring being here. However they have been disappearing from our countryside and we would love you to join in with our #CuckooCount to find out where they can still be found.
Full details of the count and how to take part are on the Field Studies Council website:
It also has information about these birds and some of the reasons why they have been declining in the UK.
FAMILY ACTIVITY: Weather Diary
After your Real Family Holiday you can create your own weather diary and make a note on the changing weather that is happening this Autumn.