Spring is in full swing and what better time to teach your children all about nature than now? The sun is shining, the birds are singing and while most of our time is being spent at home, there are still lots of ways to enjoy the glories of spring from your own garden or on your daily exercise.

In part five of our nature activities for kids to do at home, we run through some great ways to keep your children entertained while teaching them about the season of spring. Just make sure you follow government guidelines on social distancing.

1. Listen for the sounds of spring

Spring is a noisy season, so it’s the perfect time to inspire kids to use their senses and tune in to nature’s soundtrack. Encourage them to listen carefully while in the garden or on their daily exercise. Can you hear the pretty bird song, the buzzing bees, croaking frogs, the call of a cuckoo, a woodpecker drumming noisily or the delicate pitter patter of raindrops? You could even ask your children to write down or draw the different things they can hear.

2. Get messy with a mud kitchen

We all know kids love to make a mess – so why not get involved and whip up some mud pies with the kids in your very own mud kitchen? Gather together some old bowls, spoons, pots and pans that you don’t mind getting dirty. Take them out into the garden and scoop up some soil along with extra ‘ingredients’ like fallen leaves and petals. Now it's time to get creative - you could make mud pies, pizzas, even cakes! Just remember to wash your hands really well, with soap, when you've finished making your creations.

3. Make a fairy door

Spring is a magical time, with wild flowers appearing as if by magic everywhere you look. Did you know bluebells are also known as fairy flowers? If your kids are fairy fans, inspire them with this magical activity and make a secret door to encourage fairies to visit your garden.

Use lollipop sticks glued together to make the door, using a bead, bell or button for the doorknob. If you don’t have lollipop sticks to hand, try using twigs instead. Once complete, lean your door up against a tree and wait for the fairies to arrive!

Woods are magical places to visit, but please don't leave fairy doors or fairy houses behind. Take them and any craft materials home with you to help us protect the natural environment.

4. Spot spring flowers

The warmer weather has brought many spring flowers into bloom. They're such a cheerful sight, so why not teach your kids how to identify them? Keep your eyes peeled when you're in your garden or doing your daily exercise. Can you spot violets, cowslips, bluebells or wild garlic alongside garden favourites like tulips? 

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5. Start a nature diary

If you're looking for a project your kids can get stuck into, why not get them to start a nature diary? It's a wonderful way for children to hone their observational skills and investigate the wildlife on their doorstep. They can note down what they see in their garden each day and how the seasons change. Challenge them to get really creative with it too - they could add drawings, facts or even pressed flowers or other natural items.

6. Make nature faces

Here's a fun activity to try with your kids – make funny faces using natural items! Head into your garden and collect sticks, petals, pebbles and fallen leaves. Lay them out on the ground to make a face. Look for materials that would make good eyes, noses and mouths. And don't forget to add hair or a moustache.

We hope these activities will help keep your kids busy while at home. Make sure you check out part one, part two, part three and part four in our series, in case you missed them. 

If you're looking for more activities, take a look at our Tree Tools for Schools website. It's home to all our educational materials for schools - from wildlife ID sheets to interactive puzzles and quizzes. So you'll find plenty of ways to keep your children engaged and active over the coming weeks.

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