Go on a nature trail

If you’re looking for fun activities to keep children entertained, why not head out into the wild? Going on a nature trail can add fun and creativity to a family walk.

Head outside to see what you can find! You don’t need to go far – the garden, woods or local park are perfect.

 

Nature trail: a grandma points into bushes with two young children

What to do:

  • Turn it into a game. Create a scavenger hunt or “I Spy” list with things you might find. You could include a rock, a specific flower, something naturally round. Look for the biggest leaf, and spot a squirrel or a bird. Then, go outside and see how many you can tick off the list!
  • Keep an eye out for any unique-looking trees. Do any of them have hollows in the trunk or roots that look like a face? Is there a tree that stands out from the rest because it’s so much bigger? Can you and your child touch hands when you wrap your arms around the trunk?
  • Take bark rubbings. Hold a piece of paper against a tree trunk and rub a wax crayon on the paper to copy the pattern of the bark.
  • Ask your child to collect any objects that catch their eye. As long as it’s safe to do so, take them home with you as craft supplies and create a collage with them. Your child could add any bark rubbings they did, and drawings of any animals they spotted. Preserve your nature trail memories while building their creativity.
  • Make “nature’s paintbrushes”. Carefully snip off some leafy bits from a plant or collect any feathers you find on your trail. Tie them to a twig with an elastic band and use this to do some painting. Your child can experiment with the different textures that plants and leaves create.
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