Bats! Bats! Bats!

Big fruit bats, vampire bats with razor sharp teeth, and the cutest fluffy white bat with yellow ears, and an interesting leaf-shaped nose. In the latest biomimicry booklet I slipped by accident into medical applications inspired by nature. And it was the Hoduran white bat that sparked the initial idea. Honduran white bat has the …

A sad tree

"We need more talkative trees." Fairy tales have trees with human faces, trees that can talk and whisper, and sometimes even walk or fly. Yet, trees are despite all their brilliant features easy to ignore. They grow slowly, really slowly, and even if deciduous trees shed their leaves and burst with new leaves each spring …

Wild Buildings and Bridges

Nature and architecture are perfect partners! Are you planning a biomimicry challenge? The book Wild Buildings and Bridges: Architecture Inspired by Nature by Etta Kaner is a great introduction to using nature as inspiration to design and architecture. Thought provoking questions and illustrated examples mixed with directions that invite children to build and explore their …

Observing Nature

". . . observe simply for the sake of curiosity." Inspired by the book iSites: Nature Journaling for Biomimicry by Erin Rovalo, the plan was to spend at least part of the day observing the natural world. Spring is sometimes the best of times to tuning in the senses and just be filled by the …

Ideas and Groundhogs are Everywhere!

The groundhog is an interesting character and a perfect animal to use as an introduction to biomimicry. If the various names this rodent is known under does not spark any ideas its behaviour and fascinating face might. Groundhogs are known as woodchuck groundpig, whistlepig, thickwood badger, monax, moonack, weenusk, red monk and, among French Canadians in …

Fridays for Future!

1st of February. When I look out of the window I cannot help to ponder over the extreme weather around the world. Heat waves, bush fires and extreme cold. The climate is changing and in Norden a range of climate strikes are planned. The strike is part of the climate activist Greta Thunberg's work to …

What is Biomimicry?

I often get a blank face when I talk about biomimicry. So what exactly is biomimicry? Well, like most things, the more you know, the more complicated it becomes to explain something. A quick answer is that the word biomimicry consists of two words: bio which means life mimic which means to imitate. Bio which …

An Egg is Quiet

This post contains ad links. Smashing the walls of a coconut takes some skill! An Egg Is Quiet (Nature Books) is stunningly beautiful and makes a fascinating introduction to the amazing world of eggs. Poetic text and wonderfully informative, it explores interesting facts about eggs that really sparks the curiosity and imagination. Written by Dianna …

Devil’s Fingers – Spooky Video Inspiration –

Looking for non-plastic inspiration to celebrate Hallooween? Nature is not always pretty and beautiful. It can be ghoulish and horrific! Imagine that you are out walking on a sunny autumn afternoon when you stumble across a fungus emerging from what looks like strange looking eggs. Slender pinkish-red arms emerging from the top which creepily can …

Sea Slug Borrowers – Inspirational video

Spots, stripes, bold vibrant colours or soft milky pastels. Nudibranchs do everything to capture your attention. These soft-bodied creatures warn predators with their high contrast markings and colours. But some sea slugs are a bit more cunning, and they steal stinging cells that they collect from hydroid prey. The nudibranch's gut is impressive, with fingerlike …

Inspired by Wonderland: A Year of Britain’s Wildlife, Day by Day

 Red deer, squirrel, dormice, and harlequin ladybird for Halloween! October month is filled with fascinating animals and plants. There is plenty to see and sometimes wildlife is right on our doorstep if we know what to look for and how to look. The book Wonderland: A Year of Britain's Wildlife, Day by Day by Brett …

Reindeer Challenge – Zero Waste Ideas for a Reindeer Party

Plastic is everywhere! Can you help design packing material's for a Reindeer Party to celebrate that all the Xmas gifts have been delivered around the world. Reindeer are vegetarians, so they eat only plants, During the summer months they eat grass and shrubs. Once the snow covers the tundra, they start looking for lichen. Why …

Inspired by Fungi

Fly agaric, jelly ear, shaggy inkcap and sickener. How many fungi can you identify? And have you ever seen  ghost fungus? Fungi grow in a range of different environments. They live in the soil, on plants and animals, in fresh water and seawater. They even grow on your body! Many fungi are colourful and some …

Step out of the classroom and into nature

Looking for an hands-on lessons and activities that engage children in environmental literacy? Biomimicry offers project-based instructions that may inspire future generations to care for nature and to see nature as a spot that offer not only calmness and spectacular experiences of beauty and drama but also can make your head twirl around with possibilities. …

Shells – Biomimicry

Make a garland of your drawings of seashells that you find at the beach. Cut out the drawings and a make a little hole. A ribbon or string though the holes and the garland is finished. Put the garland in your Biomimicry Journal and save it as inspiration. Or put the seashell garland in a …

A day at the Beach

Use the beach to spark your imagination! What can be better than to lie in silence at the shore, listening to the waves and watching sand grains roll back and forth? Explore beaches and admire sea shells while you breathe in the sea air. A day at the beach is a wonderous adventure. A great …

Inspired by Plantopedia

This blog post contains affiliate links. Bring the joy of plants to children! Parks, woodlands and gardens are dazzling with interesting plants. There are the stinkers, the airfreshers, and the perfumed. Plantopedia: Welcome to the Greatest Show on Earth (Wide Eyed)  by Adrienne Barman has all sorts of plants from the biggest, to the most …

Biomimicrylicious Time

Finding engaging activities that inspire our children to be responsible guardians of Earth, is challenging. But biomimicry - learning from nature - can make all the difference. By using nature as inspiration children can find viable solutions and invent things that are characterized by a more natural and sustainable foundation. Children can search for patterns …

Non-Boring Trees

Are trees boring? Do all trees look the same? Ever heard of the Rainbow tree? Or seen a tree where the fruits grow on the bark? And what if you could see the roots of the tree? Thinking about and searching for information about trees is a great way to not only learn about nature …

How biomimicry boosts students’ observation skills, creativity and critical thinking.

Creativity is the process of having original ideas that have value. Ken Robinson Slugs and snails can usually be found hiding under branches and rocks in the schoolyard. Introduce students to biomimicry and you are likely to come across groups of students marvel at a slug or snail creep along the surface. This may not only …

Inspirational Video – How does a penguin launch itself from the sea?

Can you guess how quickly the emperor penguins launch themselves out at sea? Twice as quickly as their normal swimming speeds, swimming speed is 3.4 m/s (7.6 mph). It looks almost as if these rather heavy flightless birds are flying. The flight might be short but how do they do it? Penguins trap microbubbles within …

How to Speak Monkey

Do you have any special food call? A special ice cream call? Or a banana call? Playing with language can we fun as well as a serious business. Watching the TED-Ed video by Anne Savage provided us with plenty of inspiration for pondering about how we communicate. A think dive into communication from a different …

What if a pile of colourful autumn leaves was used as inspiration?

A think dive into a pile of colourful autumn leaves. The forest is going to sleep. Days are getting shorter and the animals are squirreling away for winter. Plants and flowers are capsulated and the trees start to let go of their leaves. Autumn is a wonderful season for discovering what happens when natures slows …

Mind-Blowing Insects

Discover the world through the eyes of a child. Photographer Levon Biss was looking for a new, extraordinary subject when one afternoon he and his young son popped a ground beetle under a microscope. Why not take out your magnifying glass and discover the extraordinary beauty of something ordinary. Wonderful photos of insects can be …

Cubist Glue Art, Doodling, and Sleepy Parrotfish – Biomimicry for Young Children

Imagine that you are a tired parrotfish.You are going to sleep but first you need to make a protective cocoon. A cocoon that will keep enemies away.What does it feel like inside the cocoon? One exercise in the booklet Biomimicry for Young Children -  Sea Life is about the colourful and interesting parrotfish. What things …

Biomimicry for Young Children – Inspired by Endangered Orangutans

On the third day of March We saved three Swinging Orangutans Our think dive this month is inspired by not only orangutans but also dreams about Easter bunnies and chocolate. After we have learnt that the production of palm oil is a major threat to orangutans we decided to make a chocolate bark using chocolate …

What is Biomimicry?

Biomimicry is an exciting way to inspire young children to be creative, curious and to observe the world. Children come to understand how animals and plants can be used as a platform upon which ideas and inventions can be developed. Biomimicry bridges the boundaries traditionally found in education and provides young children with an opportunity …

Inspirational Video – Never-Ending Bloom

Artist, designer, and inventor, John Edmark are fascinated by spirals.  Watch his unfolding blooming Fibonacci sculptures. Go for a hunt in the woods or local park and serach for Nature's numbering system  - the Fibonacci numbers. Bring your sketch book and camera!