If you’re stuck for ideas on what to do with the kids this half term (once you’ve carved the obligatory pumpkin), check out our wildlife and pet suggestions to keep your children entertained over the holidays.
Go Nuts For Birds
Birds are starting to stock up on fuel for winter, so now is the ideal time to fill up a feeder or two. We have a wide variety of seed holders, but why not build your own simple bird feeder from an old plastic bottle and a couple of pencils – for instructions click here.
Hanging feeders are ideally positioned on a sheltered easterly or southeasterly facing wall, preferably near a row of trees. If you can’t match all these requirements it is best to opt for somewhere secluded near a perching spot, i.e. a bush or tree, so that the birds can scour for prey before diving in to feast.
Once your feeder is in place, come along to the shop during half term and stock up on a range of seeds, nuts and suet products. Ask in store for advice or check out our blog on what to feed the wildlife over the winter.
Teach Your Dog A Trick or Two
Most dogs who have done obedience training will be able to do the basics: sit, lie and wait. But your dog doesn’t know that anything else is a trick; all he knows is that he gets a treat for doing what he has been asked.
With all tricks, you need to break it down into stages and make sure you’ve got plenty of treats on hand. Once your dog has started to do the desired action, you can assign it a name so that he knows what to do when you say that word in the future.
The possibilities are endless and will keep your child and pup amused for hours – get him to leave a treat on his paw, give high five, balance a biscuit on his nose, roll over, play dead or “speak” (bark on command).
Alternately you can join one of our fungility classes this half term to put him through his paces or hire the training room to try out the equipment on your own.
House a Hog at Half Term
As we head towards winter, hedgehogs are beginning to think about hibernating and starting to house-hunt – now’s a good time to make a hogitat to provide a safe spot for their deep sleep. For a step-by-step guide on how to make your own hogitat this half term, click here. Alternately you can pop into our Aylesbury branch where we stock handcrafted hogitats.
Either way, remember to allow access through your garden via a 13cm x 13cm gap in the boundary and put out plenty of fresh water and food. Please don’t put out bread or milk, but instead try some meaty dog or cat food with a sprinkling of mealworms, or something from our Spike’s Dinner range. You can read more about how to look after hedgehogs this winter here.
Make Your Own Pet Treats
We’re now stocking dehydrators so that you can make your own yummy treats whenever you want – see Hannah’s leaflet on recipes ideas in store. She’s also shared with us the recipe for her super tasty liver cake which will keep the kids amused and please your pets no end!
- 1kg liver
- 4 eggs
- 3/4 cup flour
1. Blend the liver, eggs and a splash of milk until smooth (like smoothie consistency).
2. Add the flour and stir until its a thick, sticky goo.
3. Add a little oil to cake tin & pour in contents.
4. Preheat oven to 150°.
5. Put in oven for 1hr 30mins.
6. Leave to cool and decorate with whatever you / your pets would like.
Hopefully the above ideas will help keep the kids and animals amused this half term – we’d love to see any pictures of your homemade goodies!