Nowadays even fairies need to be climate smart. So we built climate smart houses for the fairies that live in our garden.
We got inspiration from studying cones. Pine cones open and close depending upon the level of moisture in the air. The scales of pine cones open in hot and dry weather and close in wet and cold weather.
You can test this by soaking an open cone in water. It takes some time for the cone to close so be patient – usually a couple of hours.
The fairy houses have roofs that open and close depending upon the weather. Look at the scales on the roofs – some are open and some are stuck into the play-dough. A simple idea yet observing nature and using that understanding requires a looooong think dive.
What else can you invent by studying cones?