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Action Update

Appetite for Action helps children make the connection between the environment, the food they eat and the food they throw away.


Action update

August 15th, 2011

Make your own ice cream… in a bag?!

As the weather finally heats up outside, we have a delicious afternoon activity to sorbet your appetite.

In just five minutes you can make a scrupmtious ice cream from milk to cool you down. Don't believe us? Not making a lick of sense? Well read our quick easy guide and prepare to eat your words...or ice cream.

Ingredients (per ice cream scoop)

  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla / vanilla essence
  • 6 tablespoons of rock salt
  • Lots of ice cubes
  • 1 small re-sealable plastic food bag
  • 1 large re-sealable plastic food bag

Step 1 carefully pour the milk, sugar and vanilla into the small bag and seal it

Tasty Tip: if you want to add different flavours e.g.honey, chocolate chips, strawberry or chocolate sauce add now

Step 2 fill the large bag halfway with ice and add the rock salt

Step 3 place the small bag inside the large bag and seal the large bag secure

Step 4 shake the mixture for 5 minutes; ask an older sibling or adult to share the shaking if your arm starts to ache

Step 5 carefully open the large bag and take out the small bag

Scoop out the ice cream from the small bag, eat the amazing ice cream and try not to get brain freeze!

July 26th, 2011

An elephant never forgets…will you?

To make a fantastic elephant watering can follow these simple steps:

How to make the watering can

    1. Remove the bottle tops (but keep safe) and leave two 4 pint plastic milk bottles to soak over night
    2. Rinse bottles out, remove the labels and put one bottle to the side
    3. Turn the remaining milk bottle on its flat side down so the handle is on top

How to make the elephants face

    1. Cut out 2 big circles of coloured paper for the ears
    2. Glue them onto either flat side panel of the milk bottle
    3. Cut out 2 small circles of coloured paper and add black dots for the eyes
    4. Glue them onto the flat side of the handle arch

How to make the elephants trunk (you will need an adult to do this part)

    1. Take the other milk bottle and cut off the handle making sure you don't cut off the wide necks at either ends
    2. The base of the handle is wider and this will act as the spout. Leaning on a flat protected surface and using a sharp object (a nail or scissors) pierce 10 holes into the plastic

    3. Taking the top of the handle cut small slits
    4. Taking the bottle top carefully cut a large hole in the centre

    5. Using strong glue attach the top handle end to the top of the bottle top
    6. After the glue has dried fill the watering can with water and screw on the bottle top

The elephant would never forget to water the plants and now with his help, neither will you!!!

Ref: "Disney Family Fun" & "Inside Heathers Home"

July 26th, 2011

Schooooools out for Summer!

For schools across the UK the summer holidays are finally upon us, and here at Appetite for Action we have plenty of boredom busting activities just for you.

Over the next six weeks we will be posting crafts and cooking ideas to get the pupils growing in the garden and devouring those delicious homegrown goodies. So watch this space!

June 22nd, 2011

Appetite for Action Winning Schools 2011

Thank you to all of the Competition entries we received from our Appetite for Action Schools. The judges were, as always, hugely impressed by the entries and especially by the creativity and level of engagement demonstrated.

We are very excited to announce the winners of the Appetite for Action Competition 2011. Prizes were awarded to schools from countries where we received strong entries and they are (drum roll please) ...

The Garnetbank Garden Club from Garnetbank Primary School in Glasgow won the regional prize for Scotland and were chosen as the Appetite for Action Winning School for 2011. They have been awarded a cash prize of £1,500.00

The Kitchen Garden Cooks from The Topsham School in Devon won the regional prize for England and have been awarded a cash prize of £500.00

The Crazy Carrots from Ballycraigy Primary School in Antrim won the regional prize for Northern Ireland and have been awarded a cash prize of £500.00

The Eco Warriors from St Mark's CofE Primary School in Wigan have been awarded a Highly Commended prize of £300.00

The Veggie Growers from Sound Primary School in Lerwick have been awarded a Special prize of £200.00

A huge congratulations to all the schools who completed their Challenge. The standard of entries this year was extremely high; you are all our action stars!!!

June 17th, 2011

Those flowers are imPRESSive!

We have seen photos of some of the beautiful flowers being grown in your schools, now you can make your flowers last as long as the photos!

If you want to keep those flowers you can do so by pressing them:

Step 1

Carefully remove your chosen flower from the plant, make sure everyone doesn’t choose the same plant otherwise you will hurt by taking too many of its flowers.

Step 2

Fold over a sheet of baking parchment or paper and put the flower inside.

Step 3

Place the paper in the back of your notebook and put it underneath a couple of heavy books.

Step 4

Leave it pressed for a few weeks. It will have dried out and be completely flat, like a pancake (although not quite as tasty).

You can then use your pressed flower as decoration on your school bag, your wall at home or even on your window.

An Appetite for Action tip from our friend Adam –

Tip 1

They look really cool when the sun shines through them! Press a few different ones to make your window extra colourful!

Tip 2

You can also turn them into bookmarks by gluing them to a piece of thin card, seal them in with sticky tape or sticky-back plastic so they don’t fall off in your book!

June 15th, 2011

Let’s get squishing those strawberries!

Those taking part in the Get Growing and Greener Grub Challenge have grown some fantastic fruits and vegetables in their gardens and we’re sure you have enjoyed eating them.

For those who grew strawberries a great way to enjoy them is in a smoothie (YUM):

Step 1

Just blend together about six strawberries, a Fairtrade banana (don’t forget to peel it first!), a cup of natural yoghurt and a spoonful of honey.

Step 2

Ask an adult to help you with the blender, make sure the lid is on tight or you will get splattered with fruit and mix the fruit for 15 – 30 seconds.

Step 3

Carefully pour the mixture into a glass, add a few ice cubes if you want to and enjoy your refreshing summer drink.

Mmm, taste-tastic and strawb-brilliant!

June 13th, 2011

The entries are in and the judging begins

Thank you to all the schools that entered the Competition, we have been hugely impressed by the entries this year and we will announce the Grand Prize and regional winners very soon.

For those who weren’t able to complete their Challenge in time DO NOT PANIC you can still enter the Competition next year. You should all be very proud of the fantastic work you have been busy completing as it is helping to make our environment happier. Plus, any activities you didn’t enter this year can count towards next year’s entry.

All of our Appetite for Action schools have done a great job making the way we eat and grow food more sustainable for the planet.

We hope that you continue to keep up all the good work from the past year and remember making the change is easy... but keeping the changes going is where the real success comes in!

June 10th, 2011

In it to win it – final day!

Today is the last day of the Appetite for Action competition and you have all done the hard work already; the gardens have been grown, the local food has been sourced and the rubbish has been reduced hurray!

All that remains is for you guys to tell us about the wonderful things you have achieved! Upload your final measurement to complete the last stage of your Challenge and put your school in the running for the Grand Prize of £1500.00!!

But it’s not over when the Competition ends, your gardens will keep on growing with the summer sunshine so remember to keep them watered and cared for. That way you can enjoy them next year too.

Remember the competition closes when you leave school today (Friday), so complete those last few stages and be in for your chance to win!

June 7th, 2011

It’s the Final Countdown!

Yes the Swedish band 'Europe' said it best. The next four days mark the final countdown for the Appetite for Action Competition!!!

For the majority of you half term has been and gone, but whilst you were sunning yourself on the lounger, your plants were busy soaking up all the sunhine and rain to grow twice as tall for your return to school. They want to look their best for you and for the competition judges.

So now is the time to update your profile, post photos and blogs, and complete those final few steps to sustainable stardom :)

Many of our Challenge schools have only 1 or 2 stages to complete before they're in the running to receive up to £1,500.00!!! Winning schools will also receive both local and regional press coverage of press,  a visit to their school from Appetite for Action to present their oversized cheque AND appear on the Global Action Plan website to tell their success story.

Remember, there will be an overall winning school from one of the participating countries (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland). The school chosen as the overall winner will receive a cash prize of £1,500.00. The remaining country winners will receive £500.00 each.

So what are you guys waiting for? The final countdown begins today!

May 17th, 2011

Is £1500 just around the corner for your school?

Forget the Eurovision Song Contest, we have news of an even more exciting and hotly anticipated contest for stardom. In only a few weeks’ time, the winners of the Appetite for Action competition 2011 will be crowned and richly rewarded!

With the June 10th entry deadline fast approaching and half term holidays almost here, now is the time to find your Appetite for ACTION!

To enter the competition, all you need to do is to sign up to one of the three challenges and carry out a few simple actions to complete your chosen challenge. For exact entry criteria, have a look at the competition page.

Once you have completed your challenge, not only will you have measurably improved the sustainability of your school, you will automatically be entered into the competition!

"Points mean prizes!" say last year's winners

There will be an overall winning school from one of the participating countries (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland). The school chosen as the overall winner will receive a cash prize of £1,500. The remaining country winners will receive £500 each.

So use these last precious days to make sure you are in it to win it!

The Appetite for Action programme has been developed in partnership between the leading environmental behaviour change charity Global Action Plan and Sky. Global Action Plan has run the Action in School programme successfully with over 300 schools, helping them to make small changes that make a big difference. The Appetite for Action programme with Sky will allow many more schools to benefit from the process.