We challenge you to take part in our #DuneArtChallenge!
Simple, fun, and fantastic for kids, the Dynamic Dunescapes #DuneArtChallenge is a chance to a get creative, learn about our amazing sand dunes and enjoy a little of these beautiful coastal habitats from home.
Activities will be released weekly with accompanying activity sheets, which can be downloaded below. So take a look, share your dune art on social media using the hashtag #DuneArtChallenge and get creative! We'll share our favourites in the gallery below and on our own social media channels @dynamcidunes.
Week 4: Make an origami natterjack toad
Natterjack toads are found in just a handful of locations across the UK. They love the watery pools that form at the base of old sand dunes, and in spring will sing so loudly their croak can be heard up to 1 mile away! Join us this week to raise awareness about our warty, wonderful friends and make a natterjack toad out of paper.
Week 3: Make a wriggly caterpillar
Did you know that caterpillars have as many as 4000 muscles in their body? That’s 3350 more than humans! Out on the dunes, these muscly, eating machines become beautiful butterflies such as the green hairstreak or silver-studded blue. Create your own paper caterpillar that moves like a real one! You could even make several and have caterpillar races with your friends. A fun a and easy activity for kids with step-by-step instructions.
Week 2: Make salt dough dune creatures
Though they seem like a pretty hostile environment, sand dunes are rich with wildlife. From rare birds to natterjack toads and sand lizards, these creatures are superbly adapted to a challenging lifestyle. Why not get creative and make your own sand dune creatures out of salt dough? This video tutorial will show you how to form the dough and create a natterjack toad.
Week 1: Paint a dunescape
Pull your paintbrushes out of the cupboard and watch the video to find out how to paint a beautiful home for sand dune wildlife, and even how to paint fantastic grass using a straw. When you've finished your dunescape and the paint has dried, cut out the animals on the activity pack and stick them onto your painting. They'll love their new home!