Kids love exploring outside, whether they’re building forts, making mud pies or climbing trees.
So any garden or nature craft project that offers the opportunity for kids to get away from their screens and reconnect with nature is a good idea. Why not try building a hotel for a fun and informative outdoor activity? Building a hotel is educational as it teaches children about native animal habitats and they learn how to care for the environment at the same time.
Garden tool manufacturer Ryobi is encouraging people to build a hotel in their garden using things they can find like twigs, leaves, old bricks and stones, and has put together a step-by-step guide on how to build your very own hotel using natural materials.
Treat your life guests to luxury accommodation by constructing a mansion full of cosy corners and tasty treats.
See how to create a hotel below:
1. Collect materials
Spend some time looking around your garden for twigs, leaves, pinecones, bark and pebbles. These will provide the building blocks for your hotel. Some insects like tiny holes to crawl into and others like leaves and twigs to move around so make sure to get a mixture. Broken plant pots would also work here to create some height, as well as bricks, wooden pallets and old roof tiles.
2. Find a suitable place
A hotel are best placed in an undisturbed corner of your garden that’s sheltered from weather. Insects like to feel safe and cosy so the darker corners of your outside space are the best for this.
3. Start building
Insects love dark corners so build up your hotel with different sized nooks and lots of places for them to hide. Piles of logs attract birds and hedge hogs who nestle into these to find tiny grubs to snack on.
Larger holes with stones and tiles will create cool, damp spaces that will attract frogs and toads. Add moss and leaves inside the hotel to create a similar texture to your garden. When you’re finished, be sure to add a roof so that the guests can stay. This is where may need to step in with a little bit of power drill action to construct the outer shape.
4. Sit and wait
Now is the time for patience as you sit and wait for your guests to arrive. As the seasons change, garden creatures will visit depending on whether they’re hibernating or looking for food.
5. tie kits perfect for a colourful crafting
The colourful ’60s-inspired swirls are having a fashion resurgence, but why shop for tie clothing when you can make your own rainbow-coloured creations at home? From T-shirts and socks to tote bags and trainers, you can apply the technique to pretty much anything, and things get even easier if you invest in a tie kit.
Most tie kits include everything you need to get started, including instructions, coloured and mixing bottles. While some include plain items of clothing, others allow you the freedom to choose your own canvas.
There’s no better way to inject a splash of colour into your life, and we recommend getting the whole family involved. Don’t worry if things get messy or you make, it’s all part of the fun!