In support of our article exploring the impact of the growing gap between children and nature below you’ll find a few activities to try out with children – you can find more activities and download them all to print at: www.aeker.co.uk/blog/nature-activities/
Follow the trail
You can do this in your garden, a nature reserve or churchyard. Mark a trail using a rope. Tie a knot in the rope to indicate something interesting. A smell to notice. An object on the ground. Something overhead.
Before you start do a quiet activity. A quiet, receptive mind will increase the enjoyment of the activity. Look at a leaf together and count the veins. See if you can get your arms all the way round a tree. Smell a flower.
If your child is comfortable with it, put a blindfold on them. Then help your child to hold onto the rope and walk along with them. You can walk one after another, but give the person in front enough space to stop and listen.
Encourage your child to feel things as they go along. Changes on the ground. The texture of grass. Something overhead.
If you smell something stop and see if they can smell it too. And of course, guide their steps to keep them safe. Do it as silently as possible, with just gentle observations.
Finish by lying on your backs – if they have had a blindfold on, take it off – and look up and see what you can see. Ask your child to tell you what they see.
A place where you walk by often is good, as you and your children will see it in the day to day of life. It doesn’t have to be fancy. A simple wooden crate on the stairs. A bowl on a sideboard. A plate next to the telephone.
Collect things as you go for walks and make that an activity. Leaves, seeds, stones, twigs, shells…
Choose some things to collect from the list below. Guide the children in thinking creatively and looking closely, and in only collecting appropriate, safe things.
– A feather
– Exactly 100 of something
– Three different types of seed
– Something round
– Something fuzzy
– Something that reminds you of yourself
– Something soft
– Something beautiful
More nature activities
Find more activities, and to download the above, visit: www.aeker.co.uk/blog/nature-activities/
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