Welcome to day nine of our Stay at Home, Screen Free Activities Programme, where today we’re sharing nature walk ideas.
Read on for ideas for observing the seasons and using your walk as a springboard into art, craft, and sensory play.
Nature walk ideas
Depending on your reason for being at home, a nature walk might not be as freely available as usual. If you’re restricted for any reason, a backyard can still be a great place for fresh air and bird watching. And if heading out isn’t an option for you at all, skip to tomorrow’s activities.
Ready-made forest school lesson plans
A forest classroom is a place of adventure, discovery, and imagination. It can also be a wonderful place to learn about math and science, explore art and crafts, and develop language and social skills.
The Forest Classroom is a practical guide which will show you how to engage your children in fun and educational forest-school activities.
These ready-made forest school lesson plans are suitable for forest school leaders, teachers, childcarers and parents with children aged 4 to 10, to learn in a forest, school nature area, local park or your own backyard.
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The easiest, and perhaps best, way to enjoy a nature walk is to simply head out and see what you can find.
Talk with your children about the particular time of year and then go and see what signs of the season you can find.
Taking a walk in a familiar place at different times of the year helps your children contrast the changes, as nature does its thing over the course of a year.
For a variation, try these themed nature walk ideas.
Try this Sit Spot activity for a moment of peaceful mindfulness.
Use my forest treasure hunt printable and see what things you can find.
Make a nature bag and go on a scavenger hunt.
A nature walk can also be a way to start nature journalling. See my guide to getting started with nature journals here.
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