Ways this story and it's follow on questions and activities will boost your wellbeing:
Learn about something new
Connect with nature
Notice the things around you
Think about ways you can be kind to nature and others
Build connections with your family as you share the story and follow up activities.
Go far walk and find a Hawthorn Tree.
Can a tree ever be just a tree?
A selfish farmer who doesn't care for nature fails to recognise the importance of a Hawthorn tree or the 'little folk' who live beneath it.
Join Danny and learn about the fate of the farmer as he tells an adaptation of a story from 'Botanical Tales of Britain & Ireland".
Following this story take a walk to the the woods, through the hedgerows or over the hills and see if you can spot a Hawthorn. If you do find one try these:
Taste the leaves- they are know as 'poor mans bread and cheese' for their bread lie texture and sour flavour (be sure to identify it correctly).
Did you know the Hawthorn is a member of the rose family? Smell the blossoms- how many petals does each flower have?
Check the base of the tree and see if you can spot an entrance to the fairy kingdom
Look carefully at the bark and choose three words to describe it.
Following the story consider the questions as a conversation starter with your children:
Is there ever a time when it is okay to chop down a tree?
Trees provide us with oxygen, food and medicine, but are there any other reasons why trees are important to us? Try and think of a reason that doesn't include 'getting something' from the tree.
In the story the man destroys the home of the fairies- what kind acts could have been done to help the fairies?