Week Sixteen

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This is the sixteenth set of home learning resources from Ribble Rivers Trust. This week we are all about colours and enjoying the range of colours that we can see in nature. Have a look at the activity resources below and get creative! The wildlife factfile in this set of resources is all about the bullhead, a fish whose numbers are declining but can be seen in the River Ribble.

We have introduced these online learning opportunities in response to Covid-19, which has prevented us from going into schools in the Ribble Catchment as we normally would. This is our way of bringing our educational topics to you at home so you can continue to learn all about rivers and wildlife.


The activities below are all about using the colours we see in nature to experiment with creativity. Use the instructions below or click to open and save as a pdf for later.

Can you count all the colours you see out of your window?

Can you count all the colours in your garden?

What about the colours you see when you go to the park or walk by the river?

What gives these places their different colours?

How might these colours change with the seasons?

Thinking about the colours that you have noticed, draw or paint a natural scene.

Think about how many different colours there are in the water along a river. Are all leaves on a tree the same colour?


The next activity we have in this set of resources is natural tie-dying. This is a good chance for you to experiment with natural colours and see what works and what does not. For this, you will need:

– A piece of white fabric that you’d like to dye. This can be an old bed sheet cut up into pieces to make a piece of art or maybe a t-shirt you want to jazz-up.
– Salt.
– Vinegar.
– Various items for creating dyes (e.g. turmeric, tea, coffee, onion skins, beetroot…).
– Elastic bands.
– Gloves.
– Various pots and containers for making and holding dye.


Send us photos of what you make to admin@ribbletrust.com


Wildlife Fact file

This week’s Wildlife Fact file is about the European bullhead. Read the fact file below or click to open the pdf.