18 Nature Activities For Kids

18 Nature Activities For Kids

Who needs a list of activities that will get the kids outside in nature a bit more? 

Remember those days as a child when you would leave home in the morning, spend the whole day exploring the neighbourhood and your backyard, only to return just before the sun went down (or because you got hungry?). Back in the day…

Although things are different now (seat-belts anyone?), it doesn’t mean that our kids can’t enjoy the outdoors and all its simple delights as much as we did.

We are sharing our favourite nature activities for kids – so chuck some sunscreen on them and send them out the door!

1. Map out your backyard

Get one of the kids to hide some treasures and then draw a map of the backyard so their siblings can find them.

2. Plant a vegetable or herb garden

Encourage them to start a kitchen garden by planting herbs, fruit and vegetables such as basil, baby tomatoes, lettuce and strawberries. They can water it daily, watch it grow and harvest for meal times.

18 nature activities for kids

3. Collect flowers and make a flower arrangement

Send them out to pick flowers from the garden and arrange them in a vase. Show them how to put taller clippings in the back than filling the bunch with shorter flowers at the front. Leafy tree branches also make great foliage if you don’t have many flowers to fill a vase.

4. Paint rocks + sticks

Painting faces or patterns on rocks and sticks is always a hit. They could also turn the sticks into a hanging wall mobile.

5. Fairy garden

Encourage them to collect mini flowers, sticks, rocks, sand and moss to make a mini fairy garden. Twine, sticks and bark can be used to make little furniture!

6. Press flowers

Who of you used a flower press? You don’t see them too much anymore but they are easily made using baking paper and a heavy, thick book.

7. Daisy chains

Do you remember threading and tying daisies together as a child to make crowns and necklaces? Sigh, good times.

18 nature activities for kids

8. Record a year in your garden

How fun would it be to document the change in seasons by having the kids photograph or draw what they find each month in the garden.

9. Plant seeds

Give them seeds to sow and watch them grow.

10. Backyard picnic

Make a picnic lunch to enjoy in the backyard.

11. Nature scavenger hunt

Write a list of things your kids might find outside – send them out to find them all and tick them off the list.

12. Observe wildlife + insects

Get them to document what they hear and see whilst wandering around outside. Give them a magnifying glass to discover all the little things too!

13. Backyard camping

During the day they can find shapes and animals in the clouds and at night you can point out star constellations.

14. Herbarium

For the scientific minded kids, encourage them to make a collection of outdoor finds and document them in a notebook.

18 nature activities for kids

15. DIY nature paint

Show them the wonders of making paint from crushed up rocks, sand, plants etc – Just add water!

16. Be a pet detective

Challenge the kids to follow your pet around the yard without them knowing – be a super sleuth – identify their fave spots? Ask how they spent their day – and have them write a ‘The life of *your pet’s name here*’ story.

17. Build a cubby house

Get out there with them and build a cubby house.

18. DIY Terrarium

Make a terrarium using a giant bowl. Add moss, dirt, sand or grass and include some of their small toys.


Images by Jenna Templeton + James Pond

Jenna Templeton
Jenna Templeton
jenna.templeton@childmags.com.au