Ms. Danielle Wesley has helped us find '10 nature activities for kids if you're self-isolated at home.'
1. Go on a minibeast hunt:
Get your kids out in the fresh air and take a closer look at your garden. You'll soon notice it's teeming with wildlife! Can you find...
- a worm after a spring shower
- a bumblebee looking for nectar
- a spotty ladybird exploring the grass
2. Make a loo role bird feeder:
You can make this simple feeder with items you probably already have at home:
- Smother a cardboard tube in peanut butter
- Roll it in bird seed and thread some string through the hole.
- Tie it up in your garden where birds will feel safe eating.
3. Go on a scavenger hunt:
You can keep it really simple for little ones. For older children, challenge them to hunt for seasonal signs such as spring blossom or new leaves or ask them to see how many tiny natural objects they can find to fit inside a matchbox.
Read our scavenger hunt blog for more ideas, and have a go at making up your own themes together.
4. Make natural art:
Art and crafts will be a popular way to keep kids busy. To mix things up, put the pencils and crayons to one side and look for natural art materials instead. Collect fallen leaves, petals and sticks and use them to make a picture or sculpture.
You could even use the objects as 'stampers' or paintbrushes - dipping them in paint and rolling, brushing or stamping them on paper to create interesting patterns and effects.
5. Have a picnic in the garden:
Kids will soon tire of sitting around the same table for every meal, so pack up your lunch and take it outdoors. It's a lovely way to keep mealtimes varied, and for everyone to get some fresh air.
6. Move like minibeasts:
This is a great way to get young children active and help them burn off some excess energy. You can do it outdoors or inside. Challenge your kids to:
- lie on the ground and wriggle like a worm
- flap their arms like a butterfly flutters its wings
- put their hands on the floor and scuttle about like a spider
7. Make an animal or forest out of legos:
Many families will have Lego, wooden blocks or other building toys at home. So challenge your kids to make something inspired by nature. You could all work together to make one big scene, like a springtime woodland or a giant tree. Or you could have a contest to see who can build the best minibeast, mammal or bird.
8. Butterfly symmetry art:
All you need is paint and some paper. Simply splodge paint on one half of your paper and fold it in half so the paint spreads on both sides. Carefully open it up to reveal a beautiful butterfly. It's a great way to teach youngsters about butterflies and how their wings are symmetrical. Once dry, your butterfly will make a cheerful decoration for your home. Or you could even turn it into a card to send to a grandparent you won't see for a while.
9. Ladybird potato stamps:
This fun activity is great for little ones. You just need a potato, paints and paper. You can even experiment and make other creatures like bumblebees, woodlice or shield bugs.
10. Write a story inspired by woods and trees:
If your kids love writing, then get those creative juices flowing with a story challenge. Kick things off by giving them the first sentence and encouraging them to write the rest of the story.
You could also jot ideas on scraps of paper, then get kids to choose some at random that they have to incorporate into their story. These could include:
- A tree has fallen in the woods
- A character has gone missing
- An animal is shouting an alarm call
- There are some mysterious footprints to follow.
Gather together as a family and share the stories you've written. They'll make great bedtime stories too when you've read all the books you have at home.
Credit to: Danielle Wesley
To visit more go to https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2020/03/kids-nature-activities-self-isolation/.