Spring into Action

Activities for lockdown learning: episode 2

Get inspired

Local rainbows:
The Mill in Walthamstow St James Street is filling their window with a handprint rainbow.
To add yours, send it via email, in the post or put it through their letter box.  Find out more on the twitter @TheMillE17

Window rainbows:
Celebrate National Poetry Month by writing a rainbow poem dedicated to good health for people and planet.

National exhibition:
The Loving Earth project invites you to talk about and reflect on some difficult questions and make a textile or paper panel 30x30cm for their travelling exhibition.

Rainbow made of hand prints at The Mill, E17
Rainbow poem celebrating nature, from

Connecting with rivers…

A moorhen feeding it’s chick. Image credit: Paul Cecil

What is a duck’s favourite food??
Hint: it isn’t bread!
Find out from the Canal and River Trust what a duck really wants for dinner and how to keep river wildlife healthy.

Do you know where your closest river is?
There might be a small stream or brook closer than you think.

Spring action: Find your nearest waterway or a river you haven’t visited before on a map

If you can walk to a waterway for your daily exercise think about using all your senses (except taste!); what can you see, smell and hear?

This Sound Map of London’s Waterways gives an aural glimpse of places all over London’s vast river network.

Try remembering or recording the sounds and turning them into a poem or short story about your trip to the river. The Eden Rivers Trust share ideas and worksheets for ‘Secret Sounds’ activities.

For all ages, the South East Rivers Trust are releasing a weekly art challenge.

Spring goal: Learn to identify some common waterway animals. Drawing them can help you recognise them.

Adults who want to know more about the wonders and challenges faced by rivers can tune into the Rivers Trust podcast Rambling about Rivers.

A subject to explore…
International Workers Day, 1st May

All over the world today people are going to work in potentially dangerous conditions. International Workers Day is about recognising the importance of workers all over the globe and raising awareness for workers’ rights.

Have May Day explained in a 1 minute film and discover how countries around the world celebrate 1st May (2 mins).
Three stories from the USA explain why International Workers Day is still important and there is a lot more on this subject to read, listen to and watch.

Social Action:
In your household, have a conversation about workers close to home and abroad that you are grateful for.

Pick at item in your kitchen and try to list all of the jobs that were required to makes this product, from raw materials to your home.

Global Dimensions share information about the 1st of May and links to related resources. Their newsletter also contains activity ideas for many other upcoming significant dates.

Illustration of the ideal working routine, from the union billboard
May Pole dancing – another May Day tradition

Beautiful paintings of a Grey Heron and Eel Elvers

Learning resources…

The World’s Largest Lessons shares beautiful story books for primary aged children free online.

If your whistle has been whetted for activities about waterways the Rivers Trust website is overflowing with resources from many of their members – something for all ages.