NatureCubsIreland classes are for children under 5 years old accompanied by an adult. They are run over 4 terms of 8 weeks and follow seasonal themes (see Schedule). Classes are held in Dublin in Bushy Park, Terenure.
Each class is one hour long and comprises a nature walk and an outdoor nature activity. Each child receives a Welcome Pack when he joins. This includes a NatureCubsIreland Nature bag and a NatureCubsIreland high-viz vest which are used during classes each week.
Classes start with a brief introduction to the day’s subject and our NatureCubsIreland song. We go for a nature walk and undertake a nature activity outdoors. Sample outdoor activities include leaf collecting, planting bulbs, following animal tracks and insect hunts. If the weather allows, we finish each class with a story under a tree. Accompanying adults are given a weekly handout giving some more information surrounding the subject of the week.
Classes are suitable to children under 5 years old so move at an easy pace and allow the children to explore and have fun. As NatureCubsIreland is an outdoor activity, all classes are held outdoors even in rainy or winter weather.
NatureCubsIreland is all about the child and enjoying being with others while learning along the way. We go outdoors each week no matter what the weather so be prepared to bring your hats, scarves, mittens, wellies, raincoats, sunhats and sun cream!
Sample Outdoor Activities include:
|Autumn||Collect sensory materials|
|Autumn||Animal tracks detectives|
|Autumn||Autumn leaves’ colours and sounds|
|Winter||Make an insect hotel|
|Winter||What litter can we see? How to use recycled things|
|Winter||Animal dress-up parade|
|Spring||Find bees in the clover|
|Spring||Plant spring flowers|
|Spring||Nature scavenger hunt|
|Summer||Collect pot pourri ingredients|
|Summer||Butterfly net fun|