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Welcome to the Trans Pennine Trail

A national coast to coast route for recreation and transport – for walkers, cyclists and (in parts) horse riders

Welcome

A national coast to coast route for recreation and transport – for walkers, cyclists and (in parts) horse riders

Make and Do

Connor the Caterpillar has put together these craft ideas for you – why not have a go?

Finger Puppets

Things you need:
Cotton wool ball or tissue
7 1/2cm x 7 1/2cm flesh colour material
Piece of material 4cm x 6cm of a plain design
Felt tip pens or crayons
Scraps of fabric, lace, paper, wool and buttons
Scissors glue and string

Steps
Wrap the flesh piece or material over the cotton wool ball or tissue wadded up and tie with your piece of string.
Glue the 4cm x 6cm piece of material around the flesh colour material where it is tied with the string. Make sure this is tight enough to stay on your finger. This will make the body of your puppet.
Draw a face on the puppet using felt tip pens or crayons. Use the wool to glue on hair and glue on details with the scraps of lace paper fabric wool and buttons for eyes and maybe a cloak / hat, etc.
Click here to download a copy of these instructions.

Make your own Wormery

Things you need:
2 Plastic bottles one must be smaller than the other
Small bag of horticultural sand
Peat free compost
Scissors
Worms (a quick dig in the garden should find some)

Steps
Make some drainage hole in the bottom of the large bottle and then cut the top off (an old plastic pop bottle is ideal).
Fill the smaller bottle with cold water and place in side the large bottle. You may need some help here as you have to fill the gap between the two bottles with alternate layers of sand and compost.
Sprinkle water on the layers between the bottles until moist and then add your worms.
Now leave the worms somewhere dark and cool for a few days then take them out and see what the worms have been up to!
Click here to download a copy of these instructions.

Dragonfly Straws

Things you need:
Drinking straw
Thin card / coloured paper
Tracing paper
Scissors
Plus anything you would like to decorate with eg paints, glitter, crayons, felt tip pens, etc

Steps
Trace the Dragonfly template onto thin card. Cut them out and decorate as you like.
Fold each Dragonfly in half. Cut two slits and push the straw through the slits. Click here to download a copy of these instructions.

Egg Box Caterpillar

Things you need:
Large one dozen egg box
Pipe cleaner
Glue
Scissors
Felt tips / Paint

Steps
Cut the box in half so you have two strips – each with six cups.
This is the body colour or paint it – be as wild as you like!
At the head end draw / stick on eyes a mouth and two pipe cleaners for antennae.
Get an adult to poke hoes through each side of the egg cup thread pipe cleaners through the holes to make five pairs of legs. Click here to download a copy of these instructions.

Dandelion Syrup

Things you need:
250 Dandelion Flower Heads
1 Lemon
4 Cups of Water
2 Lbs of Sugar
Jar

Steps
Put 250 Dandelion flower heads in a large kettle. Squeeze the juice of one lemon into the kettle and add 4 cups of water.
Bring to a boil, cover kettle, and simmer for one hour. Remove from heat and leave the kettle covered overnight.
Strain the dandelion mixture and add 2lbs of white sugar to the remaining liquid. Boil for one and a half hours to a syrup consistency
Wipe any spills from the stove immediately (or you’ll need a chisel to remove it!) Store in a tightly sealed jar in the refrigerator.

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