With the summer almost here many of us will be heading to the beach with our families. However, there is concern that with the pandemic another problem has risen - PPE items (Personal Protection Equipment) found washed up on our beaches.

This is very worrying as we know that wild animals and creatures are harmed by plastic waste.
To help, look out for beach clean ups organized in your area. For more information on ways you can help go to: https://bit.ly/3a6nXjX.


On the 6th of May, the Senedd Elections will be held in Wales. This is an opportunity for everyone over 16 who call Wales their home to vote for who they would like to represent them in the Senedd, to make decisions about matters such as Education, Health and the Environment. Everyone in Wales has two votes in the election:

  • Constituency vote to choose a person to represent a local area, known as a constituency. There are 40 constituencies in Wales.
  • Regional Vote to vote for a party to represent a region; there are 5 regions in Wales.

To watch a video explaining more about what the Election is, follow the link https://bbc.in/3g6VtdM.



Big Pedal - - Sustrans (for more information about this see ‘Treasures of Wales’ page 6)

Stop Food Waste Day

This is a day to raise awareness of food waste around the world. Experts believe that around one third of food produced globally is lost or wasted. Stop Food Waste Day hopes to change the way people use leftovers and make the best use of available food.

May Day

Dawn Chorus Day

Here’s a link to the RSPCA website where you can

listen to the songs of commonly heard birds and learn more about them.https://bit.ly/2NoXBBF.

Screen Free Week

National Bike to
School Day


This is a religious festival for Muslims. It celebrates the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting (going without food) between dawn and sunset.

World Bee Day

Celebrate our striped friends!

UN International Day for Biological Diversity

Eisteddfod T

A virtual Eisteddfod, with a whole week of competitions broadcasting on S4C.

World Environment

World Oceans Day

See Infographic below.

Father’s Day

Midsummer’s Day or Summer Solstice.

To read about this click the link to Issue 15: https://bit.ly/3rV0gkP and to read about what happens at Summer Solstice at the Bryn Celli Ddu Neolithic burial chamber click on https://bit.ly/3dKcJma.


You will need:

  • Paper or fabric in different coloursand patterns.
  • Hexagon template.
  • Pencil.
  • Scissors.
  • Glue (if you want to glue them down).


In this issue we are celebrating the bee, so we’ve looked at the cells of a beehive for some inspiration.

Did you know?

There is a strong tradition of quilt making in Wales and the National Museum Wales have a special collection of them that date back to the eighteenth century. People used to use pieces of old clothes and rags to create beautiful quilts, many of them using the hexagon shape.

In 1888 a man called Ernst von Haselberg discovered the ‘Magic Hexagon’ puzzle:

"In the following hexagon, can we place the numbers 1 to 19, such that the sum on every straight line in any direction (with 3, 4 or 5 numbers) is always 38?” Some of the numbers have been filled for you to make things a little easier, so you need to use all numbers from 1 to 19 so that all the numbers in each row adds up to 38.


May 22nd is the U.N International Day for Biological Diversity, but what is Biological Diversity or Biodiversity?

We use the word biodiversity to describe all the different kinds of life on earth, animals and plants. Humans depend on a healthy biodiversity to be able to survive on the planet; this is what gives us oxygen, food, fresh water, fertile soil, medicines, shelter and a stable climate.

According to experts there are 3 main things that are a threat to biodiversity:

  • Loosing or changing a habitat
  • Pollution
  • Climate change

Biodiversity in Wales:

Scientists think that there are over 50,000 different species in Wales, on land and in the sea. A long time ago you would have seen animals like wolves, bears, wild boar and wild cats, but they don’t live here anymore. Scientists are also concerned that other species are under threat, such as the pine marten, red squirrel and many animals that were once common in Wales, such as hedgehogs, adders, bees and otters. As well as animals, it is thought that 10% of Wales wildflowers are under threat of extinction.

Wales has 20 special conservation areas for birds and 92 special conservation areas for habitats and species under threat. These help to keep a healthy biodiversity in Wales.


Many authors have found Wales’ rich landscape, history and legends a great inspiration for their work. Here are Clic-it Cymru’s top picks of children’s books about Wales or set in Wales:


First published in 1973, this story is inspired by author Nina Bawden’s experience as an evacuee in the Welsh countryside during the Second World War.


This book by Shoo Rayner combines Welsh mythology with everyday life, friendship and trust. There are 2 more books in the series.


This beautifully illustrated book re-tells the old Welsh Mabinogi legends.


Written by award-winning author Frank Cottrell-Boyce, this is a story about great works of art and a small town in Wales.


This is a non-fiction book with maps and information about places in Wales, beautifully illustrated by Valerieane Leblond.


Famous for her amazing illustrations, in this book Jackie Morris bases her story on the legend of the selkie, a half-woman and half-seal creature.





'Well?' said the black suited man staring with ice cold eyes. 'Can't you read?' he said, pointed to the sign, 'What does it say?'
'Kkk..keep out!' whispered Jo. 'Exactly - so get out of here.' the man roared.
'But what?' scowled the man, 'What are you doing here anyway?'
'Umm... I'm looking for something.' Jo's mind raced, he tried to think of an excuse. 'Umm... someone told me that this place is haunted. Is that true?'

'What a stupid idea, there aren't ghosts here, or anywhere else for that matter.' The man shook his head and sniggered, 'So, are you saying that this is where Snow White and the dwarfs live? Or the big, bad wolf? If so, where’s grandma's cottage?’ He turned and headed for the old mansion, before adding, 'Just get out of here, you and your stupid ideas. GO!"
Jo didn't know what to do. Where was Mali? He made up his mind that he would have to tell Gran. She would know what to do.
His heart beating fast he burst into Gran's house to tell her about Mali disappearing like that, his words tumbling out. They both immediately rushed back through the woods to the derelict house. The sun had dipped behind the trees casting long shadows over them. Jo gave a little shudder, this wasn't the place for a luxury hotel, it should be left to nature.
The car was still parked in front of the fence, and the door to the old house was open.
'He must be inside.' Jo whispered. 'But where can Mali be?'
'Come on - we'll just have to find her,' said Gran. 'We can't

just leave her in there.' They crept towards the open door and went in. They could hear the man on the phone, the voice came from the room at the bottom of the stairs. Suddenly a screech ran through the house and a white shape came gliding down from the attic. 'Whoosh.’. It was a great big barn owl! It flew into the room at the bottom of the stairs, screeching and flapping, with talons at the ready. The man, his face ashen with terror raced out of the room and towards the open door. But there, in a long red cloak, stood a girl. 'Hello Grandmother!' called the red hooded girl. The man stopped suddenly, then with big startled eyes he stumbled past Mali.
'NO!' he screamed, and dashed to his car,. The door slammed and the tyres screeched, skidding on the

muddy track. He was gone. A strange silence fell on the woods.
'Mali!' called Jo, 'Are you ok?' 'Yes!' answered Mali, flipping her hood back, 'What a wide smile you have Gran!' she beamed. They all laughed.
In the newspaper the following week there was a heading which read:

Gran read the article aloud.

'Not ideal for humans perhaps!' Gran laughed, 'But I think the badgers and owls will love their holiday home!'

What's your opinion?


Sometimes people are unhappy about certain rules or happenings. Protests can be planned, where people can come together to show their feelings. At times protests can be very large with thousands of people marching together. At other times protests may be small with just a handful of people having their say. Some people are afraid that the politicians in London are trying to limit the rights of protestors. Others say that mass protests should not be allowed. What do you think? Here are two differing opinions:


We share our homes and gardens with many bugs and insects. While we see some insects as pests, all insects and bugs have their place in our ecosystem, and bugs and insects can make a huge difference to the health of our planet. Here are a few amazing bugs and insects:

There are 1,690 miles of cycle routes in Wales that are looked after by the Sustrans charity. Sustrans are also responsible for organising THE BIG PEDAL, to encourage children to cycle or walk to school.

A national cycling network is important to make Wales a healthy and happy place to live, work and play. They are a series of traffic-free paths and quiet on-road cycling and walking routes, offering opportunities for everyday

travel, discovery and play, according to the charity. On the Sustrans website you will find maps and details of routes in all corners of the country; so grab your bike and helmet and off you go…!

For further details click the link: Sustrans.org.uk.


As Hungry as a Horse

At the time of course, the car had not been invented - the main form of travel was a horse. People travelled on horseback or the horse would pull a cart or carriage. However, as a result of crop failure, no food was available to feed the horses. Many had to be put down because it was too expensive to feed them.

Replacing the horse

Another form of transport had to be found. A German called Baron Karl von Drais came up with the answer when he built himself a bike.


Who invented the first bike?

Karl von Drais.

When? 1817

What material was it??

Wood, it weighed 22 kg.

What was it like?

There were no pedals, instead

it had to be pushed along with the feet.

What is the origin of the word 'bike'?

It comes from the word 'bi-kuklos'. Bi - two, and kukloswheel in the Greek language. Bi -kuklos - bike.



Delayed by a year because of Coronavirus, the 2021 Euros football tournament will take place in 12 different European countries, beginning in Rome on 11th June. The semi-finals and final take place at Wembley Stadium, ending on Sunday, 11th July. At the moment some fans will be allowed in the stadiums to watch the games, and the hope is that all coronavirus restrictions on crowds may be lifted before the final.


Top two in each group plus four best third-placed teams go through. GOOD LUCK WALES!

Tell us about your bees....

My sister Elin, my dad and I have been keeping bees for about 8 years now. We started with one hive but now we have three hives.

What kind of equipment do you need to keep bees?

Many people think that keeping bees is complicated and difficult and that you need lots of equipment, but actually you don’t need that much. All you need is a hive, a sharp knife to cut the beeswax and a barrel, a sieve and pots for the honey.

What do you find interesting about bees?

I like the way they work and co-operate. In the summer, a normal hive can hold more than 60,000 bees. Thinking about this many in one hive is amazing. I like seeing how they create honeycomb (the little hexagons that store the honey). I also like to compete with the honey at the local Ffôr Show, I’ve even won first prize once or twice!

Why are bees so important for the planet?

We need bees to pollinate flowers and plants. Many of the crops we eat depend on being pollinated by bees.

Do you ever get stung?

I’ve never been stung, but I have seen my dad get stung more than once but it’s always his fault for going near them without his beekeeper suit!

Two issues of Clic-it Cymru will appear on Hwb each term. The next issue will be available on Monday the 21st of June. Remember to contact us by emailing clicitcymru@cynnal.co.uk - we will be delighted to hear your ideas and opinions.