20 activities to get children enjoying Nature

26 January 2018

Dear friend,

Did you know that inmates spend more time outside than kids? I was shocked when I saw this report from BBC Newsnight. Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris spoke to BBC Newsnight about their book, The Lost Words.

The Lost Words explains how all over the country, there are words disappearing from children's lives. Words like Dandelion, Otter, Bramble, Acorn and Lark represent the natural world of childhood and sadly this vocabulary is being lost.

Children need to spend more time interacting with the natural world. A recent study of 2,000 parents commissioned by the Eco Attractions Group found that just half of children have built sandcastles at the beach, with a similar number saying they've never had a picnic outside.

Nature is good for kids’ minds.

  • It builds confidence 
  • It promotes creativity and imagination 
  • It teaches responsibility 
  • It provides different stimulation 
  • It gets kids moving. 
  • It makes them think 
  • It reduces stress and fatigue

Children who play outside develop better language skills, are fitter and have fewer behavioural problems. Research shows that children also use five times as many words when they play outdoors and we know that there is a direct correlation between obesity and lack of time spent outside.

I have two computer mad boys but every weekend we get them out from behind their screens and explore nature. It enables us to spend quality time together. I think it is a really important part of our family life and miss our adventures if the weather is too wet or one of us is sick. Getting out into nature doesn't need to cost a lot either. There are plenty of activities you can do that cost nothing.

20 activities to get children enjoying Nature

  1. Camp out
  2. Go Bird watching
  3. Go on a Treasure Hunt/Scavenger Hunt
  4. Share a skill; skim a stone, make a daisy chain, blow a grass whistle
  5. Be a Nature Detective
  6. Take Photos
  7. Make a bird feeder
  8. Collect seeds, pine cones, nuts for a craft activity
  9. Make a mud kitchen
  10. Go for a picnic
  11. Put on wellies and splash in puddles
  12. Plant a garden
  13. Go on a MiniBeast hunt
  14. Make a nature map
  15. Build a fort
  16. Watch the clouds
  17. Climb a tree
  18. Go for a bike ride
  19. Make a collection
  20. Make a nature notebook

What would you add to the list? 

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