Animal shelters - Adventures In Education

Hedgehog homes - free with every booking

Hedgehog numbers have fallen by a third in the last decade so we are keen to help these delightful creatures survive. Children can design their own hedgehog home or construct one from a 'kit', which has had the wood cut to size and the component parts labelled. Children will still drill holes, use screws and nails and may have to make some adjustments as they assemble the shelter. They are encouraged to evaluate and learn as they go and may make improvements or changes to the standard design. Our hedgehog homes are based on the designs recommended by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society.


Bug Hotels

Bug hotels are made from a variety of natural and recycled materials and offer a range of spaces in different shapes and sizes to attract the widest range of mini beasts possible.

Bird / bat boxes

Nestboxes placed in gardens can make a real difference to the success or failure of a breeding species in a given area, especially when accompanied by the regular supply of suitable food and water. Before building a birdbox the children are encouraged to think about the type of birds they want to help then construct an appropriate shelter.

Bird feeders

Children can create a variety of bird feeders using wood and recycled materials.

DT Days

DT days can also be used to implement changes to the school garden or play area by combining gardening and education.

What will they learn?

Children will design, build, evaluate and improve on their design so they all learn a range of new skills. They will learn to use tools, cut and join pieces of wood, drill holes, use nails etc. Creating animal shelters also encouraged the children to take an active interest in the local wildlife. This is an opportunity for children to make a real difference to to local habitat. Hedgehog numbers are in rapid decline and they need our help.

How does this fit into the curriculum?

Children learn to plan, work together and measure accurately. There are numerous ways of incorporating this into the National Curriculum but here are a few ideas:

  • Build animal shelters for the KS2 DT unit on Shelters
  • KS1 Geography unit 'Investigating our Local Area'
  • Use the activity as an inspiration for a 'Big Write'
  • KS2 Science work on Habitats
  • KS1 Science on 'Living Things in their Environment'
  • Estimate then calculate the amount of wood needed to build a shelter

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