Are you keen to get the kids outside and off the screens on a more regular basis? Nature activities for kids are a fantastic – and very low-cost – way to do just that.
Family life is hectic, and we’re often juggling work, school, and other commitments. Carving out time to get everyone outside in the fresh air can feel a little daunting, especially when kids aren’t excited by the idea. And that’s where some brilliant nature activities come in very handy.
Why nature walks and games are so good for kids (and adults)
You’re probably familiar with some of the benefits of outdoor play, but a few might just surprise you!
- Spending time in nature can boost happiness levels and combat anxiety and stress.
- Active play is a great opportunity to keep kids fit and healthy.
- Studies show that children who connect with nature are more likely to look after nature when they grow up. By encouraging nature play when they’re young, we’re helping them to develop a love of nature and care for our natural world all their life.
- Nature activities are a very inexpensive way to have so much fun as a family. Many of them are totally free.
- Nature is always there; every season, every day of the year. It’s literally on your doorstep whenever you need it.
- Nature games and outdoor nature activities don’t need lots of planning and prep, and you can adapt them to suit kids of all ages and group sizes.
And of course, all of these benefits apply to the grown-ups too!
Inspiration for nature walks and games
So we know that nature games and activities are great for children – but how do we convince them to give it a try?
With some exciting, engaging nature activities for kids!
Our new book *A Year of Nature Walks and Games (co-written with Becky Goddard-Hill) is packed with tried and tested nature games and nature walk activities, so you don’t have to spend time searching for a great idea.
This bright, engaging book follows the seasons, with a whole year’s worth of nature activities for kids to try. Each fun activity is perfect for family walks, trips to the local park, or days out in nature.
52 best outdoor nature activities for kids
From spring park games to summer nature walks, autumn scavenger hunts and winter nature challenges, there are 52 fab nature activities to banish boredom and get kids active. You can easily adapt each nature activity to younger kids or older kids to keep everyone happy.
As well as lots of brilliant outdoor games and walking games, you’ll also find a nature scavenger hunt, a nature journal activity, a nature art project using natural materials, a sensory walk, nature science, wildlife tracking, survival skills, a nature bracelet activity, and much more.
If you need some outdoor play inspiration, or are buying a gift for a young nature fan, this is absolutely perfect. It really is a great way to access tons of fun activities for kids.
*A Year of Nature Walks and Games is available from Amazon and all leading bookstores.
Find out more about ‘A Year of Nature Walks and Games’
You can see some of the lovely activities from the book and find out more in this video:
A Year of Nature Walks and Games blog tour
To celebrate the launch of *A Year of Nature Walks and Games, we’ve organised a virtual book tour. Head this way for lots of extracts from the book and fun outdoor activities for kids:
There’s also a lovely review of the book over at In the Playroom.
More outdoor play inspiration
Here’s some more inspiration for your outdoor adventures:
*A Year of Nature Craft & Play is the sister book to *A Year of Nature Walks and Games. It follows the same format, but with a focus on crafting with nature. There are also lots of lovely kids gardening projects, art activities, science experiments, indoor nature activities for rainy days and outdoor games to enjoy – all using nature finds and natural items.
This collection of lovely quotes about children and nature is ideal if you need a little nudge to get everyone into the great outdoors.
Keep them smiling on your nature walks with some nature puns.
A bumper list of simple walking games – one of the best ways to make a long walk less boring!
A list of fun outdoor activities and nature games to keep kids busy.
Download a free nature play printable full of simple activity ideas for outdoor fun and sensory playlaunch facebook group giveaway.
You can also join my Nature Crafts & Fun Facebook group which is packed with tips and fun ideas for nature play.