Simple Nature Activities for Young Children

It’s time to get in touch with nature with these nature activities!

Research shows that young children derive a range of benefits from having access to nature. A young children’s relationship with nature is vital for their overall development, including better concentration, motor co-ordination, co-operative, social play and opportunities to feel connected to the larger universe of living things.

 Here are some ideas:

  • Collect pine cones to form pine cone mazes for your child to walk through.

  • Pick flowers, twigs, petals, buds, acorns, small branches, leaves, long grass, bark etc., to create nature people.

  • Take paper and thick crayons for your child to make bark rubbings.

  • Pick flowers, make flower chains, Alice bands, necklaces, blow dandelions, etc.

  • Make leaf rubbings with paper and brightly coloured crayons.

  • Make a petal maze.

  • Play “hide and seek”

  • Collect small stones to make patterns on the grass.

  • Throw pine cones into a bucket.

  • Create collages with collected leaves.

  • Make basic shapes with pinecones outside.

  • Press leaves or flowers to make book markers.

  • Play the “I spy game” in the garden or park.

  • Examine crawling creatures .

  • Pack a bag with binoculars, magnifying glasses, gardening books, a picnic blanket, a picnic basket filled with wholesome goodies, paper, crayons, kites, balls etc. and you even can bring your pets too.

  • Make or erect a tent with logs for sitting, a pile of sticks to make a pretend fire, decorate your place of haven with freshly picked flowers and use your wild imagine!

  • Observe birdlife with binoculars and a bird book.

  • Pack a picnic box with a blanket and enjoy this special time with your child.

  • Talk about what you see in nature, explain, have open end conversations …..

  • Identify the names of trees and flowers that you see.

  • Enjoy the tranquillity of your outside space.

  • Listen to bird songs.

  • Be aware of the trees swaying, leaves falling, sound of water …..

  • Take sticks and draw in the sand.

  • Jump in puddles.

  • Climb trees.

  • Make a mobile with a hanger and string with nature objects such a bark, pebbles, sticks etc.

  • Paint and decorate small pebbles.

Explore, observe, discover, marvel, appreciate, create and let your children enjoy the beauty and joy of their outside environment !

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