A rewarding and fun visit for everyone
Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Rainbows, Brownies and Guides are all welcome.
Cubs, Beavers, Brownies & Rainbows
On a visit to Stotfold Watermill, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Rainbows, Brownies and Guides can work towards aspects of many badges. This could occur both inside the Mill and in the Nature Reserve. PowerPoint Presentations, demonstration of milling, making flour using hand querns, activity sheets, Smart Board games, pond dipping, Nature I-spy sheets and chemical science activities are examples of what we have to offer. We can adapt to your suggestions and requirements. Suggestions for badges that could be covered by a visit are outlined below.
Local Knowledge Activity Badge
- Learn about a famous building of historical interest in your area and visit it.
Naturalist Activity Badge
- Learn how to identify six different living things from 2 categories e.g. trees, water birds, minibeasts and insects, pond dwellers, wild flowers.
- Over three months, visit the same natural area at least four times. Take a note of the changes in the plants and wildlife that you see.
- Create a piece of art using natural material.
Animal Carer Activity Badge
- Keep a record of bird, animal or insect life in your garden, local area, park (or nature reserve).
- Keep pictures, sketches, photographs or audio recordings of them.
Our World Challenge Award
- Find out about services for people (e.g a museum) in your local area, and visit one.
- We can also offer science activity sessions.
My Adventure Challenge Badge
- Take part in an outdoor activity e.g following a trail.
- Go on a ramble or nature walk.
My Outdoors Challenge Badge
- Take part in an activity with natural things like leaves, bark, twigs, sand or rocks.
- Point out and name five different types of animals, insects, birds or fish and find out about the food they eat and the places they live.
- Make something to help animals in the wild – for example, a bird box or bug hotel.
My Skills Challenge Badge
- Go to somewhere new and find out five facts about it.
My World Challenge Badge
- Go pond dipping.
- Go on a mini-beast hunt.
- Try some leaf printing.
- We can also offer science activity workshops.
- Visit a local museum to find out about some of the collections and exhibits.
- Talk with an adult you know about how the area where you live has changed.
- Visit a nature reserve. Draw pictures or take photographs of at least four different types of trees. Make leaf and bark rubbings. Label them with the names of the trees.
- Identify three of each of the following: common wild birds; common butterflies and wild mammals.
- Study what lives in a pond or stream. Look for insects, fish, amphibians and plants. Make a record of any signs of pollution.
- Keep a record of when and where you see the following: spring flowers, leaves appearing on trees, baby animals.
- Watch butterflies, bees and other insects on a flowering plant or bush. Know what they are doing and why.
- Use fallen natural objects, like conkers, acorns or leaves to make a collage or decoration.
- Make a picture from bark or stone rubbing.
- Visit a museum.
- Forces: Find out about how different forces act on each other.
- Visit a nature reserve.
- Animals: How are animals adapted to their environments?
- Plants: What does a plant need to grow?
Rainbow Roundabout and Jigsaw Themes
- Visit interesting places. Learn about the local community.
- Explore how the seasons change.