Have you ever thought what the world would look like if you were tiny? Really tiny – like the size of your thumb? What would your garden look like? The grass would suddenly become a tall dark jungle with sticky slug trails and spider web traps! A flowerpot has transformed into an enormous mountain to climb and beware of the patio stone wilderness with bottomless crevasses. Are you brave enough to explore the miniature world of nature in your garden?
To set up your own tiny adventure you will need:
- Set of small flags x 6 – coloured tape, paper or ribbons attached to bamboo skewers (cut in half) or cocktail sticks
- Set of 10 short sticks approx..10cm tall / or lolly pop sticks
- A length of string or wool (2 metres)
- A magnifying lens and hand mirror if you have one
- Optional Lego figure ……. and lots of imagination!
Firstly, I re-explored my garden. You need to get down low and I found lying on my tummy really helped to see how the world would look if I was the size of a beetle. I decided to set up my trail along the edge of a flower bed as this looked like an amazing place to start my tiny-trail adventure. When you’ve found your start point, push a stick into the ground and tie on the string. My string trail passed along the edge of a tall grass jungle and through a bright green tropical forest. My Lego friend adventurer had to look out for slugs, ants and other wild creatures before stopping for a rest at ’Tile Towers’ – where secret pixie treasures were buried. I used a flag to mark each place of interest and kept adding more sticks along the string trail.
My trail continued past the terracotta cave of echoes, a wood bark bridge – where I explored for hidden woodlice and millipedes – and a short way further along stopped at the limestone cliffs which overlooked a vast and beautiful lake called ‘Toad Pond’. This was where I saw a friendly yellow-eyed croaking creature! I couldn’t wait to share my adventure with someone else.
Along my trail I enjoyed using a magnifying lens and found a shiny gemstone, a small feather and a heart-shaped seed. What tiny treasures can you find along the way?
Use a small hand mirror to look up through your hidden world and a small cardboard viewing tube to make new discoveries.
Instead of a Lego figure, take along your favourite small model – it could be a dinosaur!
Finally, after your journey has ended it is always wonderful to share your tiny-trail adventure with someone else in your family. Afterwards I’m sure they’d love to set up a trail for you to explore.
Good luck and safe adventures.
PS- My favourite story book to read before this activity starts is ‘The King of Tiny Things’ by Jeanne Willis. The story involves two children who meet a pixie who helps to reveal a tiny world that they have never seen before.