For a fire first timer, building a fire outdoors can be scary. There are so many things to consider that it’s not surprising some people are put off. The good news is, by following a few simple steps you too can enjoy the benefits of fire as a source of heat to get warm, a way to cook snacks, a space to sit around and enjoy staring into the flames, and last but not least to relax and maybe sing a few songs. It is also a great educational experience for children, especially if they are involved in the risk/benefit analysis.
Working creatively on a large scale Experiment with colour and mediums Make comparisons and discuss their creations
Colour in this acorn with your little one – will it be green, brown or brightly coloured? Help your mini Nature Detective bring out their inner artist. Go hunting for acorns and get inspired Try making an collage using leaves, twigs and acorn caps Can you fingerpaint your acorn? Maybe you could help your little one make a giant oak tree and hang your acorn from it?
How many autumnal signs can you spot on your scavenger hunt? Keep your eyes peeled while you’re out and about! Can you find all the items on the scavenger hunt? Remember to look in the trees and on the ground Keep your eyes peeled for other signs what will you spot? Try collecting fallen leaves and conkers and make a wonderful woodland collage.
Making music outside using everyday items
Explore the properties of different materials using your feet
Free your feet and explore with your toes on a barefoot walk. Set up your walk in your back garden or living room, and challenge your friends to see who can identify the most textures. Follow our simple steps and free your trapped toes! Discover different textures are they warm or cool, smooth or rough? Create a game with family and friends who will guess correctly? Have fun choosing different items to use on your walk, but make sure you don’t choose sharp or prickly items as they can hurt your feet.
Create a bark rubbing and be a bark artist. Take a few sheets of paper and your crayons to the woods or your local park, and get creative. Choose an interesting tree big, old, knobbly ones are perfect You might need a grown-up or friend to help you keep the paper still while you make your rubbing Find other trees and layer up different colours and patterns. Frame your picture with twigs
Colour in this spooky bat! Get inspired by nature and create this brilliant bat picture. Create a dark background using sweet wrappers and tissue paper. Or make a collage from old magazines Add lines of white or yellow to his wings and ears to show where they reflect the moonlight Did you know? The common pipistrelle bat can eat more than 3,000 insects in one night
Fun activity to get warmed up before a session
Creating pictures with home-made beanbags
Get creative with your mini Nature Detective. Grab your favourite colouring crayons and make a masterpiece together. Choose greens, yellows, oranges and reds or whatever colour you fancy! Colour in lots of beech leaves and make your own forest Make a leaf collage using sweet wrappers, foil and coloured paper Paint the hands of very little Nature Detectives and let them splat their prints onto the leaf.
Start spotting birds
Attract more birds to your garden – make one of these fantastic bird feeders! Recycle an old juice or milk carton and get creative Use garden twine to secure your feeder somewhere the birds can reach it Remember to keep the bird feeder topped up with fresh food and replace it with a new one when it gets dirty How many different birds have visited your garden? Are there any who keep coming back?
Look out for these birds next time you’re out and about. How many different types of birds can you spot? Some might be on the ground, others might be in the trees, and some might even be flying through the air! Tempt birds to visit your garden by leaving out seeds, mealworms and fruit Some birds are really tiny, so you’ll need to keep your eyes peeled! Do you have a favourite bird?
Fun activity pretending to be birds to start your session
Colouring in sheet with blackberries
Get creative with your little one and colour in this juicy blackberry. Make a finger painting with purple paint Use scraps of fabric to make a collage Squish real blackberries straight on the paper. (Wear an apron to protect your clothes – the juice stains clothes and hands!) Go blackberry-picking in late summer. How many fat, ripe berries can you spot together? Watch out for the spiky thorns – they’re sharp!
Make a pretty spring picture using tissue paper. Blossom grows on many trees and hedges in spring. Can you spot any where you live? You can make your own blossom at home with this fun craft. Go on a walk and find an interesting stick. Glue it to some card. Scrunch up small pieces of white and pink tissue paper to make the blossom. Stick the tissue paper blossom alongside the twig. When you’ve finished, don’t forget to frame your picture and hang it on your wall!
Try this simple spring craft with babies and toddlers. This a great activity to do in spring when trees are covered in frothy blossom. Go for a walk and look for an interesting stick. Can you spot blossom growing on trees and hedges? Use white and pink paint to create realistic-looking blossom, or choose your child’s favourite colours! Help your little one dip their fingers into the paint and dab it onto the paper to make the blossom. This is a fantastic sensory experience! When you’ve finished, pop the picture in a frame and put it on your wall. It would also make a great gift for proud grandparents!
This is a fun sensory activity for babies and toddlers. In spring, some trees grow blossom. The soft, scented flowers are brilliant for stimulating your child’s senses. Just sit your little one under a tree covered in blossom. Then watch their delight as the branches move in the This is a fun sensory activity for babies and toddlers. In spring, some trees grow blossom. The soft, scented flowers are brilliant for stimulating your child’s senses. Just sit your little one under a tree covered in blossom. Then watch their delight as the branches move in the breeze and petals come floating down around them! Encourage your tiny explorer to feel the silky petals Breathe in the sweet scent of the blossom Watch out for bees buzzing round the tree, collecting nectar and pollen
Use blue, yellow and green to colour in this garden bird. Try finger painting Stick on colourful feathers Draw a feeder bursting with nuts and seeds Keep your eyes peeled for blue tits and other birds visiting your garden!
Create a dazzling display of spring flowers! We have some beautiful bluebell woods in the UK. The iconic flowers appear in April and May, and they can turn the forest floor into a sea of blue! Make your own bluebell art with this mosaic activity: Collect scraps of blue, purple and green paper. Why not reuse old magazines and junk mail? Cut the paper into tiny pieces. Print off the mosaic activity sheet and stick them onto the outline. Did you know? Mosaic art was very popular in Roman times when it was used to show off a person’s wealth and importance.
Begin exploring bugs
Have a go at building a birds nest will it be strong and safe enough to hold pebble eggs? Birds nests need to be strong and sturdy enough to withstand wind, while still being cosy. Could you make a nest that’s up to the test? Experiment with different natural materials what works best? Is your nest stronger with mud, or is it better without it? Have a go at building your nest with one hand birds only have their beaks, after all!