P486 ORACLE 486 Sun 7 Aug S4C 2030:11    1/6   Margaret   Carter    SUMMER IN THE PARKS Britain is reasonably well served for open spaces - parks, recreation grounds and small plots. They crop up in some of the most built-up and urban areas. And, if you're not planning a holiday away from home this year or if the one you take is finished before school term begins again, parks and open spaces can come into their own during school hols. It takes a bit of planning to make the most of a facility that, hopefully, is still within pram-pushing distance. more follows > Home File Index 480 Best Buys 487 LATEST OFFERS FROM GRATTAN SEE 193 Best Buys Knitting Sewing Your Money
P486 ORACLE 486 Sun 7 Aug S4C 2041:03    2/6   Margaret   Carter    SUMMER IN THE PARKS And the key to finding plenty to do in the park is to turn the activity into a project. First you'll need the right equipment - none of it expensive. A scrapbook - either bought or homemade - paste, pencils, colouring pens - all the bits and pieces needed for drawing and writing. If you take it all quite seriously then so will the children. So begin with the name and the title of the park you've chosen to investigate. more follows > Home File Index 480 Best Buys 487 Best Buys Knitting Sewing Your Money
P486 ORACLE 486 Sun 7 Aug S4C 2051:01    3/6   Margaret   Carter    SUMMER IN THE PARKS Begin the scrapbook with the location of your park. You can be as accurate or as general as your interest or the age of the children dictate. Either stick a local map into the book or draw your own with the boundaries of roads, bus routes, railway lines and so on marked. Find out and mark if there are children's play areas - swings, slides, a pool, a cricket pitch, bowling green or tennis courts. more follows > Home File Index 480 Best Buys 487 Best Buys Knitting Sewing Your Money
P486 ORACLE 486 Sun 7 Aug S4C 2050:00    4/6   Margaret   Carter    SUMMER IN THE PARKS Look at the trees planted - are they there for a special purpose? Many are planted to mask a road or provide a windbreak. If so, they are likely to be trees that keep their leaves during the winter. Which trees are taller than others? Stick in examples or draw the shape of their leaves. If the local gardener can't help, a trip to the library will yield books to identify the shapes of trees and possibly their reason for being where they are. more follows > Home File Index 480 Best Buys 487 Best Buys Knitting Sewing Your Money
P486 ORACLE 486 Sun 7 Aug S4C 2050:10    5/6   Margaret   Carter    SUMMER IN THE PARKS Flowers in parks are usually planted seasonally, so is there a greenhouse near? In the summer you may find salvias, lobelias and so on. What will be there in the autumn and do the plants come from bulbs, seeds or roots? It's surprising to discover how much you know and how much you don't know - and how much you can find out. If you can date the entries in the scrapbook you'll find quite a difference between what's going on at the beginning of the project and at its end. more > Home File Index 480 Best Buys 487 Best Buys Knitting Sewing Your Money
P486 ORACLE 486 Sun 7 Aug S4C 2040:00    6/6   Margaret   Carter    SUMMER IN THE PARKS We haven't even begun to think about the birds you'll notice there - sparrows, thrushes and starlings are nearly always to be seen. What about magpies and swallows? And is there a robin - with his not-yet-very- red breast? You may see ducks, geese and squirrels too. It's important to keep the project as a hobby and fun occupation, not something to be turned into a chore and a lesson. Parents' involvement will keep it as an on going occupation that the children will really enjoy. more follows > More P&C on Tuesday Best Buys 487 Best Buys Knitting Sewing Your Money