Nature Scavenger Hunt
If you’re heading out for a walk or a bike ride, how about seeing how many of these ‘treasures’ you can find? You don’t have to stop with these items – what else can you see?
A freshly opened leaf
A smooth stone
An interestingly shaped twig
Something that feels rough
Something with a nice smell
Something really small
Something that makes you feel happy
Something that feels soft
You could draw a picture, make rubbings or create a special box to keep your treasures in after returning home.
Make a miniature woodland
You will need an old container (look in your recycling bag for a large plastic or foil food tray, or you could use a shallow bowl, baking tray, old washing up bowl etc.).
Put a layer of earth or compost in the bottom and then go outdoors to collect twigs, leaves, moss, bark, stones, pebbles, daisies etc. Arrange these in your container to make a woodland scene.
Maybe you could make a stream to run through your wood with a piece of blue cloth or paper. Who lives in your wood? Have fun making woodland animals and birds out of playdough (or mud!) or draw them on paper and cut them out.
Make a bird bath
Birds need water to drink and wash themselves. Having a bath is important to birds to keep their feathers in good condition. This helps them to keep warm and fly quicker.
You will need an old, shallow container e.g. a dustbin lid, large saucepan lid, plate or even an old sink. Look for a sunny spot in your garden, not far from a tree or shrub where the birds can perch afterwards to dry.
Put the plate or upturned lid on a base of bricks or large stones. Put a layer of small stones or pebbles in the bottom of the bird-bath and cover them with water. Your bird-bath is now ready!
Who your first visitor will be? A robin? A magpie? A blue tit? Bumble bees like drinking from bird-baths too!
This is your chance to be a detective! Go outside to search for minibeasts like snails, butterflies, spiders and worms. They love hiding under stones and logs, in dark and damp corners, in long grass and in the cracks of bark on tree trunks.
Keep a tally of each minibeast you find.
You could also draw a picture of your favourite minibeast and do a bit of research about it on the internet. What is their favourite food? Where do they live? What is their life-cycle? Fascinating facts?
Make a nature crown
You will need a length of card long enough to wrap around your head. If you don’t have card, how about cutting up a cereal box?
Go out in the garden to collect leaves, twigs, flowers and blossom (or take a bag to collect them in when you go out for a walk or bike ride for.)
Have fun decorating the length of card with your leaves, twigs and flowers. Stick them to the card using sellotape, double-sided tape or staples.
Then, wrap the card around your head and ask an adult to tape or staple the ends of the card together to complete your crown.
Make a bird's nest
Go out to the garden to collect thin twigs, moss, old leaves and dried grass. Alternatively, take a bag to collect materials when you go out for a walk or bike ride.
Twist and weave the thin twigs and dried grass into a bowl shape. Then stuff the gaps with moss and line the bottom of the nest with the old leaves (or something soft like feathers or sheep’s wool).
How about looking for smooth stones and painting them to look like eggs to put in your nest? Perhaps you would like to draw and colour a picture of a bird and cut it out to pop into your nest.
Find somewhere in your garden to hide the nest. Think like a bird! Is there shelter? Will it be safe from cats? Is it too low? Too high? Close to food and water?
Painting with leaves and flowers
Go out in the garden or head out for a walk to collect a variety of leaves and flower petals. Remember to ask a grown up’s permission before picking any flowers! Also, if you collect flowers when out on a walk, remember to only collect petals that have fallen.
Carefully scrunch a leaf and rub it hard on some scrap paper. What colour does the leaf make on the paper?
Do the same thing with the flower petals. Your scrap paper should start to look like an artist’s palette.
Once you know which colours you can make, have fun creating and colouring pictures
Create a self portrait
Collect natural materials in your garden (or if you go for a walk in the woods or on the beach) to make a self portrait. Petals, leaves, stones, twigs, shells and seaweed all work well. Don’t forget your eyebrows, eyelashes and ears!
If you don’t feel like creating a self portrait, how about making a picture of your favourite thing in nature? Perhaps an animal, a plant or a bird?