30 Minutes - Nature in
One of the many wonderful positive benefits of being out and about in Nature is encouraging kids to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty. Learning new things and experiencing how to think for themselves is hugely important for their development. Here are a selection of activities that encourage this learning.
Make a backyard camp
Spend time together gathering parts for a backyard camp. Children love the idea of camping outdoors, so recreating a camp site area in your garden or green space with small logs, tree stumps, rocks for the fake camp fire, a tent or sheet for cover, will all entice the kids into the outdoors.
Make a Tree Face
This activity calls for natural clay, but it will work well for an afternoon with damp mud. Watch their imaginations soar as they create characters for your garden, green space, shed or outside walls.
This is actually a fun activity for kids of all ages to try. Older kids may try it with their more grown up possessions, while the younger ones may drag out their dolls or Lego, but it all makes for fun times outdoors.
Mucking around with sticks, leaves, stones, mud - it's all just play. Kids love it and adults will too when we let ourselves relax and just join in. Yes, we can all it Art, but most of all, it's just plain old FUN! Pick one from the link and just dive in.
Easy Bug Hotel
There is real satisfaction from making something you can use in your home or garden. This simple activity ticks a lot of boxes - get kids thinking about wildlife, get their hands touching Nature and get their creativity flowing. It all works.
Once you get over the dirt factor, it's actually really relaxing to get up close with mud. It's also one of the most enriching experiences for kids while outdoors and there are even reports on the health benefits for kids getting their hands down into the soil. Immune System boost here we come! Check out the link for some cool ideas.
Sticks are one of the most readily available toys for kids while outdoors and they all love to get their hands on some. Whether its a sword, a wand, for stirring potions or building creations - a stick will take them far. Check out the link for some nice ideas to try with sticks in mind.
Pine Cone Bird Feeder
Head Outdoors to gather pine cones for these easy bird feeders. Enjoy the simple pleasure of watching small birds swoop in to nibble at your creation. No pine cones? No worries- Try this Toilet Roll Bird Feeder instead. It's a real winner with my kids.