Going for a walk in the woods is fun activity to do with the children with lots of learning opportunities. While most children are happy to run up and down paths and look under logs and stones, it’s a good idea to have a few distractions. Here are some activity ideas to ensure they remain well and truly entertained.
- Nature hunt
Download and print our free nature hunt activity sheet, take a clip board and pen and have fun ticking off all items you find off the list.
- Follow your child’s lead
Encourage your child to lead you through the trail, see how many obstacles they can take through, like going over rocks, under logs and around trees.
- Dandelion clocks
Hunt for dandelion clocks and when you find them blow the seeds off the top.
- Nature Hide and Seek
Define the boundaries to hide a chosen object in, then take it in turns to hide the object while the ‘seekers’ go and look for it. Always ensure children remain insight at all times.
- Treasure basket
Take a bag or basket with you on your trip and collect interesting objects along the way, these may include pebbles, leaves, cones, conkers, twigs and sticks; please only pick objects that have fallen on the ground. When you get home you can turn the treasures collected into fantastic pieces of art. Here are some great ideas:
- Bark rubbings
Take some paper and a crayon with you on your walk, encourage your child to place a piece of paper against a tree trunk and using the length of the crayon rub over the top and see what patterns come through. Continue the fun when you get home by doing the same with some fallen leaves.
- Climb trees
Ensure they are safe to climb and children are supervised at all times.
- Bug hunting
You will need a clear cup, magnifying glass and a brush. Look for bugs under logs, stones and on trees, once you have found some interesting creepy crawlies, use the brush to scoop them into the cup. Investigate your findings by looking through the magnifying glass, point out and name any interesting features you know.
9. Den Building
The easiest way I find to build a den is to collect branches, leaves and twigs found on the ground and lean sticks against a tree in the style of a wig wam. Challenge your children to build a den big enough for two!
What activities do you like to do with your children when you’re out in the woods? We would love to know!
By Sue Brown