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10 cheap nature activities to do with kids in lockdown


Got any nearby nature spots? Take the kids for some socially-distanced adventures. (Picture: Getty)

Schools have been shut since January 4, leaving many children and parents alike housebound, and in need of some diversity to shake things up – and it’s uncertain whether kids will go back after the February half-term.

According to YouGov, almost a third (32%) of parents have noticed negative changes in their child’s behaviour since the UK coronavirus upheaval.

This includes behaviours such as tantrums, meltdowns, nightmares, stomach aches, fighting and crying.

If you all need a breather – and a breath of fresh air at the same time – what can you do in nature with your children?

We have got just the suggestions to get you safely out and about when the four walls feel like they’re closing in…

Go on a nature hunt

The UK’s largest holiday park operator, Parkdean Resorts know a thing or two about outdoor activity – and they list a DIY nature hunt as one of the top all-round outdoor activities to ‘keep [kids] busy and will provide an opportunity to learn about the wildlife.’

If you want to do your own, wrap up warm, pack your masks and hand sanitiser and set off on an exciting adventure in your local surroundings – even if it’s just your garden.

If you can stay local but get outdoors, why not go on a nature hunt? (Picture: Getty)

You can draw up a list of plants, flowers and animals to try and spot – and even customise it to things your child might like.

If your child is into creepy-crawlies, go digging for worms. Or have them look for pine cones, squirrels or even listen out for robins.

Grow your own vegetables

Teach them to grow veg and it’s a lifelong skill. (Picture: Getty)

Veggies can be grown outdoors or inside, and watching them sprout up with your children is a great way to introduce them to gardening.

With spring not far off, now is the perfect time to get planting.

Vegetables such as broccoli, cabbages, and leeks will stand through the tough winter weather – and will make excellent soup ingredients for more hands-on bonding when they’re ready to cook up.

Sow some seeds

You don’t even need plenty of outdoor space to get growing. (Picture: Getty)

Teach your kids about the great outdoors with a skill that’ll be useful to them right through into adulthood – when they become plant-parents themselves.

Whether you have a garden of your own or space to sow indoors – there’s always a way to get green-fingered and grow a myriad of small plants or herbs.

If you need some inspiration yourself, you can check out the RHS guide to indoor sowing.

Build a bird feeder

Get your kids off twitter and enjoy some real life tweeting. (Picture: Getty)

Mahatma Gandhi believed that the greatness of a nation could be judged by how it treated animals.

If you want to show respect for all creatures great and small and have your children learn, you can build a bird feeder together.

You could even combine this with the idea of a nature hunt, teaching them to look out for different species of bird which may come for a snack.

Cbeebies has great guidance on making your own birdfeeder.

Paint some pebbles

Decorate some pebbles and spread some cheer (Picture: Getty)

Pebble art is a great – and cheap – way to exercise some artistic freedom.

Simply create your designs and dot them around walking trails or parks for people to find – you’ll brighten up their day.

Go camping

The living room can be the deepest, darkest woods with a bit of imagination (Picture: Getty)

We aren’t advising breaking lockdown rules – you could simply turn your back garden or even your living room into a campground.

Build a fort, make smores, listen to a Spotify playlist of nature sounds and look up to the stars.

Learn about the world with David Attenborough

Sir David to the rescue. (Picture: BBC)

Take the day off and let David Attenborough explain all about the wonders of the natural world through his BBC education addition.

The legendary presenter will explain topics such as oceans and animals, with lessons available on BBC Bitesize Daily, BBC IPlayer and BBC Red Button.

Make a mud kitchen

For once, British weather could come in handy when in need of a mud kitchen. (Picture: Getty)

Not afraid of getting your hands a bit dirty?

Whether you knock up a temporary kitchen setting out of wood or you just rely on imagination, mud kitchens provide hours of entertainment for little ones and can actually help them with physical skills, language, imaginative play, and encourage social interaction.

And luckily you’re already stocked up on hand sanitiser…

Earn a Blue Peter badge

The iconic badge is up for grabs (Picture: BBC)

A good way to motivate them during these uncertain times is with an iconic Blue Peter badge.

Get the entry-level Blue Badge by sending in letters, stories and sketches and then start applying for more.

Make a DIY woodland theatre

All the world is a stage… (Picture: Getty)

Have an unused shoebox? Keep it intact but knock out the bottom surface and, when you hold it up, you’ll have a stage set up.

Set the shoebox up so that you have an amazing backdrop provided by nature – balance it somewhere so you are looking up at the clouds, or have an adventurous looking setting of wild trees,

Your children can then make their own characters to introduce to the stage, writing their own plays and epic sagas.


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