Are you looking for some easy ways to make exploring nature with children fun?
This free printable has a whole host of ideas for nature play that will help you keep the kids happy and the costs down.
Whether you’re looking for inspiration on fun days out, want to make a trip to the park more exciting, or just need to stop kids complaining on a walk, you’ll find some great ideas to help you make the most of the nature on your doorstep.
The many benefits of exploring nature with children
There are so many benefits to be had from children exploring nature – and lots of them apply to the adults too!
For starters, nature play is a wonderful way to help children learn about the natural world, and foster a sense of curiosity about a wide range of topics. Exploring nature with children can cover animals, insects, plants, seasons, weather, geology and the food chain, to name just a few areas.
As well as being good from a learning point of view, exploring nature with children also creates a natural forum to teach kids about respect for nature and our planet.
Spending time in nature can benefit children’s mental health too. Study after study has shown that being outside in nature can increase happiness levels while also lowering stress and anxiety levels, both in children and adults.
And of course, getting kids playing outdoors and exploring nature also keeps them active, which helps to keep their bodies healthy too.
Finally, exploring nature with children is lots of fun! The natural world is exciting, fascinating, thought-provoking, awe-inspiring and simply amazing.
Exploring nature with kids can be really low-cost too
Keeping the kids busy and entertained can get very expensive. But nature play can be lots of fun without breaking the bank. You don’t have to spend a fortune to have a fun day out, and there are lots of brilliant outdoor activities for kids that are either really cheap or completely free.
A whole year’s worth of nature walks and nature games to play outside
If you like the idea of having a one-stop shop for your nature play ideas, take a look at *A Year of Nature Walks and Games.
This bright, engaging book is packed with nature-themed activities, walks and games for children aged 7 years and up. As well as loads of fun outdoor games for kids and ways to make a walk more interesting, there are science experiments, riddles and nature projects to explore.
There’s an exciting activity for every week of the year, each with clear instructions and colourful photos that grab kids’ attention. All the activities are either very low-cost or free.
From spring birdwatching walks to summer park games, autumn scavenger hunts and winter walking games, you’ll never be stuck for ideas with this book. You can banish boring walks and always have a cool activity up your sleeve to tempt kids outside.
You might also like to explore nature with children by using the sister book *A Year of Nature Craft and Play.
20 fun ideas for exploring nature with children pdf
Ready to encourage kids to have fun outdoors? This free printable has 20 simple, budget-friendly kids outdoor activities to inspire you.
Download it for free, then print it or save it on your phone, and you’ve got a handy resource whenever you want to get the kids outside but are struggling for inspiration.
More outdoor fun for kids
Take a look at these articles for even more outdoor play ideas:
Nature play & nature crafts
You can also join our nature crafts and fun facebook group where we share lots of ideas for exploring nature with children.
And finally, bookmark our nature hashtags copy and paste lists for when you share your outdoor fun activities on social media 👍
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