30 Minutes - Nature in
Their Hands

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.

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Make a backyard camp

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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.

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Leaf Printing

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A fun activity and one which older kids in particular may enjoy to express their creativity

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Make a Tree Face

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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.

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Make your own Binoculars

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This simple activity will help children tune into Nature and focus their gaze to notice the wildlife around them.

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Make a Kite

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Help make this kite with straight sticks and a plastic bag from around your home and the kids will be delighted with themselves.

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Shadow Art

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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.

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Nature Art

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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.

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Easy Bug Hotel

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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.

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Start a rock collection

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If the boot of my car is anything to go by, my kids love collecting Nature loot as treasure. Why not start a rock collection and see where it goes..

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Mud Matters

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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.

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Think Sticks!

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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.

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Pine Cone Bird Feeder

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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.