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Bennachie group launches winter learning resources for children

By Kyle Ritchie

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A conservation group that looks after Bennachie has launched its online resources for youngsters to do over the Christmas holidays.

The latest activities from conservation charity the Bailies of Bennachie are packed full of ideas and information about what happens to the natural world during winter.

Pulling together original work and the best material available on the web, it is a one-stop shop for hours of fun and learning.

It is presented through the Jock O'Bennachie character.

Like the popular summer and autumn programmes, the winter package uses Bennachie’s friendly giant Jock to guide primary age children and their families though winter on the hillside.

The online resources contain a new story How Jock’s Friends Saved the Sun, fun facts and videos about animals in winter such as owls, foxes, winter hares.

There are also loads of ideas for winter activities from building frozen sun catchers, identifying animals from their tracks and droppings, to art work, games and puzzles to do indoors.

The winter programme also has important advice from the Aberdeen Mountain Rescue Team about staying safe on Bennachie over winter.

The Bailies of Bennachie conservation group has launched its winter online learning resources for children.
The Bailies of Bennachie conservation group has launched its winter online learning resources for children.

The Bailies learning officer Margaret Garden said: “There has been a fantastic response to our online learning programme from children, parents and teachers.

"This has been a difficult year for many families and it looks as if the Christmas period will continue to be challenging.

"Many people have found a new appreciation and interest in the natural world. We hope people will be able to use these resources over the holidays and they will be an inspiration to wrap up warm and head outside to safely explore and understand more about Bennachie in the process.

"Alongside the summer and autumn packages there are now more than 200 resources available for children to explore on the website.

"The resources are aimed at families of primary age children but can be enjoyed by any age."

To access the learning resources visit www.juniorbailies.org.uk

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