iDot Heroes of the Month
iDot stands for I Do One Thing. The concept is simple. If enough people do one small action each day, to benefit the natural world, the combination of those actions will add up to something huge. Those actions don’t have to be huge. An ‘iDot’ can be as small as picking up a discarded tin can, so a hedgehog doesn’t get trapped in it or turning off a tap while you clean your teeth, to save water.
If the children and young people we work with, know the simple actions they can take to make that difference, they will grow into adults that understand how to protect the environment.
How does it work?
- Register your group (you will be our lead contact).
Our admin will approve your registration. (This is a secure area of the iDot site, the general public will not see posts you make or images you share unless you choose to allow them)
- Do your iDots! You might be inspired by some of our resources, want us to set your group iDot Challenges, or have your own brilliant iDot ideas
- Upload them to the website.
Here’s a video to show how simple that is:
Every time you upload, our iDot counter will go up by the number of iDots your group has done. Adding everyone’s iDots together, shows so clearly how small actions really can have a big impact!
Think about the number of children or young people you work with: 30 children doing one action each per day for the environment, would add up to an amazing 10,920 actions for nature a year! Each time every member of your group does an iDot, the iDot counter goes up.
Let’s think bigger – there are 8.82 million young people under 14 in the UK. If every one of them took part in iDot and just did one action per day, that would be a staggering 3,219,300,000 actions to help the environment!
Our iDot resources are all curriculum linked. Each element can be used independently or can be used together to create a year-long themed project.
For younger children, join our characters iSee, iHear, iDo and iPlan, in some brilliant activities that will spark a real love for nature.
Find out what’s in your school/group grounds. The tracker helps you to find out about the plants and animals in the area around you. Using the tracker and planner, work as a group to identify what there is now, then, once you’ve done the assessment, you can plan what you will do to improve your local environment. Download the tracker and planner here
Every month, a colourful wallchart shows you what’s happening in nature that month. Four characters, iSee, iHear, iDo and iPlan show your class lots of fun activities that support your teaching. Each activity has guidance including web links and background information and you can start the monthly activities at any time in the year. Download our nature planner here – they are best printed on A3
What does a baby badger look like? Where would you find dragonflies in the foodchain? How heavy is a swallow? This set of wildlife cards are great for learning about British wildlife. Either download the cards to print them out or order a set from WAF, using the contact form.
* Please note that any images submitted within an iDot post, will be viewed by all schools taking part in the iDot project