We know it can be tough trying to keep the children entertained at home, particularly if the weather isn’t playing ball or you’re running out of ideas on how to keep them busy. If you are still stuck for ways to keep the kids occupied, don’t worry - we have two more blogs on nature activities for kids to do at home coming up! 

In our penultimate blog, we run through some great crafty and educational activities for your children to do at home or in the garden. Just make sure you follow the government guidelines on social distancing. 

1. Study a minibeast up close

Grab your magnifying glass and head out into the garden for this fun (and educational!) activity. Explore the different areas of your garden and see which creepy crawlies you stumble across. When you find one, carefully capture it in a small container or bug pot. Use your magnifying glass to get up close and take a really good look at it. Can you count how many legs it has? Write down your observations and then have a go at drawing your minibeast.

Once you’ve done, gently release your minibeast back where you found it. You can then do some research on your minibeast and write down some fun facts to share with a friend.

2. Build a twig tower 

Are there lots of twigs and sticks in your garden? Why not use them to build your very own twig tower - perfect for budding architects! Lay your biggest sticks in a square or triangle shape on the ground, then add more and more twigs on top to build up your tower. See how tall you can make it go! For some inspiration, have a look at the incredible work of land artists such as Andy Goldsworthy and Richard Shilling.

3. Try paper quilling

Paper quilling is a great craft for children and adults alike, and it’s perfect if you’re running out of crafting activities to do with the kids. This curious craft involves rolling and shaping strips of paper to create intricate designs and patterns, so it’s great for kids who like a challenge. All you will need is some long strips of coloured paper (in equal widths - 1cm is good for beginners), a cocktail stick and some glue. You'll need to create a loose circle, which you can then turn into lots of different quilling shapes.

To do this, wind a strip of paper around the cocktail stick. Carefully remove it from the stick and hold it between your fingers for a few seconds. Let the paper loosen slightly (but don't let it unravel completely!) and stick the outer end down with glue. Experiment by pinching the ends to make different shapes (pinch both ends to make an eye, one end for a teardrop etc.) , and then stick your shapes together to create beautiful leaves! 

4. Learn how to whittle

Ever wondered how to whittle? Well now is the perfect time to learn! Kids can practice the art of whittling using a vegetable peeler, before moving on to a folding penknife (with adult supervision, of course!) Whittling is simple but satisfying: carefully scrape the bark off a stick, then carve it into your desired shape before smoothing it with sandpaper. Why not have a go at making a marshmallow toasting stick or a magic wand? For more ideas and tips on how to whittle safely, read our blog on how to whittle.

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5. Loo roll leaf stampers

Looking for a quick and easy way to make some lovely leafy art? Grab some spare loo rolls out of the recycling and have a go at making your very own leaf stampers! Gently squeeze the toilet roll tube to make the end oval-shaped rather than circular. Then, simply dip the tube in green paint and stamp it on paper to create lots of leaves! You can experiment with different colours or even try mixing colours together to create a multi-coloured leaf effect.

6. Make mud ice creams

Summer is nearly here, which means one thing - ice creams! These are a little different to the edible variety however, as we’re making them out of mud! Simply grab some mud, petals, grass and sticks, and get making! You could even use a stale ice cream cone if you have one lurking in the back of the cupboard. A great activity to do in the garden and to get the kids hands-on with nature, making mud ice creams is sure to bring hours of fun.

Hopefully you’ll be able to put some of these activities into action over the next few weeks. If you need more at-home activity inspiration, make sure you check out our previous kids activity blogs - listed below. Or, why not 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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