30 Days of Nature for Kids!

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30 Days of Nature for kids!

30 Days of Nature for kids

”In Wildness lies the hope of the world”  John Muir

30 Days of Nature for kids! Mini Challenges for Wild Times!

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You’ve probably got 30 Days Wild covered! But if like me you need a little extra inspiration then check out the 30 Days Wild mini challenges. My son will be creating a Wild Field Journal to keep a record of his photos, sketches, research, surveys and activities. It’ll be an awesome Wild keepsake!

If you missed this years 30 days Wild challenge don’t wait till next June!  Try the 30 day nature challenge at any time of the year or season. Have fun!

 

 

30 Days of Nature for kids!

1.Create a nature feely box out of a shoebox, cereal box or similar. Fill it with interesting nature finds such as stones, feathers, sticks, seeds, shells, leaves etc. Create a hole big enough for a hand. Have fun guessing what you can feel. You can create this for your child or they could make it for you!

feather

2. Go on an early morning walk. Seven am is ideal before the school/work rush appears. Take note and try and identify the different birds you can hear. During our walk this morning we heard crows, seagulls and starlings. Check out this British Bird sound recognition app: https://www.warblr.co.uk/  You’ll be contributing to citizen science as well!

bird flying in sunset

3 Walk barefoot in the morning dew! It’ll invigorate you for the rest of the day and you’ll feel like a rebel! Find out here about the amazing positives of barefoot walking: https://bit.ly/2I2UsRoRead this lovely poem entitled ‘Barefoot days’: https://bit.ly/2I5wvJb

30 Days of Nature for kids!

4. Visit the library and checkout a stack of nature/wildlife books. As I home educate, my library registered my account as a teacher one. Meaning I can borrow more books than usual. An added bonus is being exempt from library fees! Check your local library they may offer something similar. Your in charge of your homeschool so why not declare a Homeschool Nature Reading awareness Day and binge read your library treasures!  30 Days of Nature for kids!

5. Get creative with lego and create a wild build. Could be a wildlife reserve/park, zoo, aquarium,ocean,desert,rainforest,tundra scene. Alternatively create a wild minecraft build.

30 Days of Nature for kids!

6. Binge watch some of the amazing nature documentaries on TV,Netflix, Amazon Prime and Youtube. Some good ones include Planet Earth, Blue Planet, You vs Wild, Frozen Planet, SpringWatch, and Walking with Dinosaurs. You can watch many of the documentaries on Youtube. Here’s a YouTube link to a Planet Earth episode about the awesome giraffe https://bit.ly/2wsCYIJ

giraffe

7.Go on a sensory walk through a green space. Take note of what you see, hear, touch, smell. Tune out everything else and really focus mindfully on your senses. Bring a pad and pencil and compose a sensory poem. You could always write it out for your child so they can concentrate on their wild sensory mediation. Take along some watercolour paints and art pad. Paint what your senses compose. Go on a morning, afternoon and an evening sensory walk you’ll be surprised at the difference. My son and I went on a twilight walk and discovered the biggest tarantula of a spider in a hollow log attached to its humongous web. Scarcely illuminated by his phone app torch. I nearly fainted!Follow this link for free meditation scripts for kids: https://www.greenchildmagazine.com/free-meditation-guided-relaxation-scripts-kids/

fox painting

bean sprouts

8.Raid your food cupboard and discover any seeds, dried beans or dried pulse that your child could sprout. Follow this link for instructions and pictures: https://www.seriouseats.com/2011/04/how-to-grow-bean-sprouts-in-a-jar-slideshow.html  You don’t have to munch your sprouts but could continue growing them and see what happens! Initially just plant in a small pot. Fruit seeds are great to plant to. Even passion fruit seeds can be planted. Just sow the seed, gloop and all into a pot.Keep the germinating seeds warm. Experiment with dandelion seeds and try grow your own dandelion! You could use recycled washed yogurt and margarine tubs, 1 or 2 litre bottles halved to create a pot, even washed baked bean tins and coffee tins would be ideal.

fruit tree

9. Not strictly wildlife but think outside the box and conduct a dog survey of your local neighbourhood! Record the types of dogs you see in a day and create a bar/pie chart. Identify the most popular and least popular. You could invite other home ed kids to take part and compare results. Take a look at this dog breed library for identification help: https://www.purina.co.uk/dogs/dog-breeds/library  Get some ideas here for learning about the dogs wild ancestors the wolf: https://bit.ly/2Ww42pd

wolf

dog breeds

10. Create a paper flower Hyacinth bouquet. These would make a great gift:  https://bit.ly/30OUyVf 

30 Days of Nature for kids!


11. Construct a rainbow paper windmill and go out and enjoy the wind in your hair! https://bit.ly/2K8FWu9

13. Have a picnic in the rain! Seriously if it rains grab the opportunity to pack a picnic lunch and put on your rain gear. Umbrellas may be a good idea. Go to your favourite spot and spread a  tarpaulin or picnic blanket with a vinyl underside. Play tag, frisbee and ball games in the rain. You’ll have the park to yourself! Enjoy the raindrops on your face. If you don’t appreciate the rainy picnic as much as your child does then you will when your back home in warm, dry clothes and nestled in blankets watching a movie. The rain will make you feel all refreshed and rejuvenated! Alternatively just have a picnic in the sun. Those are epic also!

mother and daughter in river happy

14. If you’re lucky enough to have a microscope then prepare some wild slides. Go on a wild slide hunt for some natural items to peak at under the microscope. Find samples of seeds, leaves, dirt, sand,feathers, pond water, seaweed,grasses and flowers like daisies and buttercups but be careful as some flowers are protected. Check to see if any flowers have naturally dropped off. Consult this guide to the legality of flower picking in the UK: https://bit.ly/2HIFrFy  Use a magnifying glass if you don’t have access to a microscope. Sketch your finds and label them in your field journal. Except the pond water of course!

kids and microscope

15. Take part in a citizen science project. I’ve included a huge list in my blog post here: https://bit.ly/2MgUvysYou don’t even have to leave your home to make a valuable contribution as a citizen scientist. Check out this sitehttps://www.zooniverse.org/

30 Days of Nature for kids!

16. Play the wildlife/environment A to Z game. Each player takes a turn to go through the alphabet and say something beginning with the letter they have on their turn. A is for ant, B is for Beluga whale C is for Climate, D is for Dodo bird etc. Make it more challenging and on each person’s turn they have to recite everyone else’s comments to. Mnemonics can help with this. This is where you think of a silly scene to do with the letter and the item. So for D for Dodo bird you could imagine the dodo dancing and eating a huge pile of doughnuts! This helps remember the sequence.  Mnemonics are great for learning exam facts to. 

dodo bird

 

17. Have a 2 minute litter pick. Everyone has a bucket, gloves and a litter picker. Pick an area and time 2 minutes. Race to see who can pick up the most litter. I purchased some inexpensive litter pickers from Amazon but your local council may have some you can borrow.

30 Days of Nature for kids!

18.Make a bird fat ball. You’ll need a bag of bird seed, yogurt pots/coconut shell/or similar, 2 blocks of lard, string and a pot. Melt the lard in the pot then mix with the bag of bird seed. Make a loop on a piece of string and place the unlooped part at  the bottom of the yogurt pot, fill up with lard/seed mix and pack down firmly. Chill in fridge for at least 1 day. Remove the plastic pot and recycle. Hang your fat ball up a tree where you can see it easily, as you’ll want to view the birds having a feast.

bird and fat ball

19. Do some literary activism and write a letter to your MP or local council asking for more wild spaces or anything your local communities wildlife needs to thrive. Check out my post for ideas: https://bit.ly/2XhQASY

20. Regrow your salad and vegetables! After you’ve eaten your lettuce, cabbage, celery, carrots, radishes, etc., keep the root end and place in a saucer of water or a recycled plastic tub, keep moist and watch your vegetables come back to life! Free vegetables to eat! You won’t actually get a new carrot but the sprouted green leaves from the carrot tops make yummy vegetable stock or add to a salad. Also try regrowing pineapple tops. Plant avocado, plum, peach and mango stones in recycled pots/tubs/bottles with soil.

30 Days of Nature for kids!


ginger root

21. Grow your own ‘Mandrake’ from Harry Potter. Purchase some root ginger from your greengrocer or supermarket. Cut it into a few pieces and plant the eye buds, they look small and knobbly, into  a pot with some soil. Keep moist but don’t let the soil get waterlogged. Ginger root likes to be kept toasty so make sure its pot is on your sunniest window. When the ginger starts growing it can grow an inch a day! 

22.Embrace old fashioned fun. Roll down hills, climb trees, make mud pies, go on a worm hunt, make perfume from nature finds and water, make daisy chains, make whistles from long grass, put feathers in your hair, whittle a stick, have stick races on water, do cart wheels, get a scraped knee but don’t notice cause your having too much fun! Your only little once and all these activities will do wonders for your child’s emotional and physical development. Although if your still a big kid at heart then have fun doing these activities with your child!

 

30 Days of Nature for kids!23. Sign an online petition. Here’s a link to Change.org and the Save The Bees petitionhttps://bit.ly/2EGTppv   Scroll through the different petitions and discover wildlife/environmental causes your child would like to support. 

Quill and ink

24. Adopt a local tree. Use this resource to complete fun activities with your tree: https://bit.ly/30RlLGN And here’s  a useful adopt a tree certificate: https://bit.ly/2X8Bmj4 My son did this activity last year and we still visit his adopted tree regularly for a check-up.

an old twisty tree

25.Watch a movie with an environmental/nature theme. Good choices are The Lorax for its lessons on protecting trees and saving the world. Wall-e for its lessons on recycling. Ice Age the meltdown and Arctic Tale for their lessons on global warming. Happy Feet for its depiction of how humans affect natural habitats. Police Patrol for its messages about saving the earth’s resources.The Boy who harnessed the wind for its message on natural resources. Other good choices are FernGully the last rainforest, Bambi, Over the hedge, Free Willy, Born Free, Rio, Chicken Run, March of the penguins, Madagascar, A turtle’s tale,Fly away home and Whale Rider.

26. Go to the woods, nearest green space or beach and collect lots of natural materials. Make cool art right there on the land with twigs, logs, leaves, pinecones, driftwood, seaweed, shells, stones, rocks, grasses, sand, dirt, etc. Incorporate chalk if your near hard ground. Chalk a picture and use your natural materials to decorate. Take photos before putting natural objects back. Take some tree trunk rubbings with crayon and paper. Make a mini stone cairn. Use sticks and twine to create natural picture frames. 

30 Days of Nature for kids!

27. Weave braids with long grasses. Get three or more long lengths of grass and braid as you would hair. Dry it out at home. Using sticks, twine and dry grasses, fashion a paintbrush. Secure grass in a bunch to the top of the stick very tightly with twine or use gardening wire. Trim the bristles to size. Experiment with different grasses and leaves. Try some grass painting at home to create cool effects.Also use pinecones and other natural objects to dip into paint and print a nature picture.

 

28. Find out how to harvest and brew nettle tea:  https://bit.ly/30RnvQxWe’re definitely going to do this one! I love the sight of herbs hanging in bunches to dry!

29.Enjoy some Spring poetry and crafts: https://bit.ly/2HJd7CYAnd some animal poetry and crafts: https://bit.ly/2Mih1qzAnd seeing as its nearly summer time some summer poetry and crafts: https://bit.ly/30SGg63

30. Go on a Virtual Field Trip with wildlife scientists, explorers, marine biologists,polar scientists and much more! : https://bit.ly/2YTUzFK

Hope you have or had a great 30 days WILD!

30 Days of Nature for kids! Mini Challenges for Wild Times!

 


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30 Days of Nature for kids!

 

Jacq

I'm a homeschooling mum living in the Scottish Highlands. I'm currently completing a masters in Psychology. I've also studied counselling, CBT, sociology and health courses. I also have my cookery diploma. I love vegan baking and cooking. And lots of books!

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