Being in the woods is something that my family and I love to do. One of our favourite weekend thing to do is go for a woodland walk with the kids. Most of the time, the kiddos like to make dens and collect things from the woods – we are forever hauling around a plastic bag full of their woodland treaures! More recently, I’ve been thinking of different things that are fun for us to do in the woods and so, I asked a couple of friends and families what they liked to do when going for woodland walks and researched some ideas so I had some for the half term that’s soon to be upon us. And….Wow – everyone had so many amazing ideas! So, if you’re looking for some fun things to do with kids on a woodland walk – try some of these ideas for a scraped knees, puddle jumping and woodland exploring kind of childhood! For more ideas of Nature Activities for Winter – have a peek at our bumper list of Outdoor Winter Nature Activities for Kids!
Fun things to do on woodland walk with kids
Memories of Woodland Walks
Going for a woodland walk is something that I very much remember from my own childhood. I remember spending Sunday afternoon in the woods somewhere and with my younger brother and sister getting very muddy in various puddles it’s something that really stuck with me. I think there’s just something about children in woods which means they can be free. They can run ahead of their parents, they can climb things, they can jump in muddy puddles and I feel like I really need to capture that and enjoy that to the full because there will come a time when they won’t want to spend their weekends doing that with us, they’ll prefer to hang out with their friends instead. But for now they really enjoy a family woodland walk and we’re lucky that there are lots of woods nearby to us, a couple that we can walk to but most of them we need to drive to. I’m looking forward to a time when we can go without a buggy – Archie does go in the sling but he’s not always the happiest in it. So it’ll be much better when we can choose a woodland without worrying if it’s going to have a buggy route!
A few months ago, some of our friends joined a group to buy a wood – imagine that! Your very own wood! Imagine the BBQs, the woodland parties, the camping……………. well, we did imagine that and nearly joined in to buy the wood as well. Until we remembered that the best thing about the woods here in the UK – is that they are free! And so, here is a fabulous list of things you can do with kids out in the big wide world of nature!
24 Things for Kids to do with Nature on a Woodland Walk
- One for a garden or a woods… Build a Stick Maze and have the children navigate themselves out of it mothernatured.com
- Learn how to plait grass. Making a Fishtail Braid with mothernatured.com.
- How about Nest Spotting? For fun things to do on woodland walk with kid – use this cute Nest Nature Hunt to keep kids observant!
- Fancy bird watching with kids? Check out this FREE printable Bird Watching Book from Buggy and Buddy.com.5. Collect up some nature materials and Write your Name in Nature I love this idea from ‘Adventure in a Box’ – particularly as my kids are constantly collecting bits and bobs when we head out into the woods.6. A good craft idea for Autumn (but would work any time of year) is to make a Leaf Crown. Check out Red Ted Art for some fantastic designs.
7. Another collecting one – try making a Nature Bracelet using sticky tape. Our kids had lots of fun with this one and kept their bracelets on all day from Kid Citizen Blog! You can also see a Nature Belt idea here from How We Learn Blog.
8. Once you’ve returned with lots of lovely nature materials. How about setting your child a Number Art Challenge? A great way of getting children to think about numbers and spatial reasoning. This is such a clever idea that I can’t wait to try out with our kids from Mosswood Connections.
9. Another lovely idea to make with your collected woodland is Pot Pourri – check out this recipe from Multiples Mom.
11. Scavenger Hunts are a Fantastic Way to help engage small people when out exploring nature. We tried this recently with my friend Laura and her kids. A scavenger hunt = 6 happy kids – it worked a treat! Here are some of my favourite Nature Scavenger Hunts. First up – is a FREE printable super scavenger hunt from Picklebums. The Father Fitness Nature Trail is also a great visual printable, suitable for younger children too.
12. Ever try building Stick Forts in the woods? This is a fab Outdoor STEM activity that my kids have loved in their forest classes at schools. This is a go-to activity for us and what our children are always happiest doing. Check out some great ideas for this at Littlebinsforlittlehands.com and instructions for building an awesome Stick Forest Home here, at Rainy Day Mum.
13. Collaborative Story Telling is a great way to help build your kiddos vocabulary and where better to do it then in an atmospheric woodland setting? See Rainy Day Mum’s ideas for collaborative storytelling here.
14. For younger children and toddlers, it’s great to have a Nature Sensory Bin at home for children to discover more about the world around them. Rhythms of Play has some great ideas about objects to collect for your sensory bin – here.
15. Here’s an idea, I can’t wait to try out this summer as our kiddos love anything to do with reading, writing or painting! Creating a Nature Journal. I love the idea of trying out different art forms and processes in our Nature Journals – maybe we’ll try a different art form eveNature Notebooks here too.ry week? Rhythms of Play has some great FREE templates and resources to get us started.
16. I love these Animal Observation Free Printable Logs for helping kids to learn more about animals – these are fun things to do on a woodland walk with kids by observing and recording them from Kcedventures.
17. Another FREE Printable that can be completed on the smallest of Nature walks or even in your back garden. Try out The Jenny Evolution’s Nature Bingo Game.
18. Another activity that we’ve just made in our back garden is a Fairy House. Now, whenever we’re out for a walk, the kiddos like to collect little bits and pieces to decorate their fairy houses. I absolutely love these ideas for Nature Fairy Houses – you’t got to take a look at this cute fairy teepee from Red Ted Art!
19. Make simple paint brushes from nature and see what unusual patterns you can create. This is such a lovely outdoor process art technique with spectacular results from Messy Little Monster.
20. And if you’re looking to explore nature in more detail – how about bark rubbings or going on a play-dough nature walk where you create nature play-dough creatures. Find out more how this idea works at How we Learn.
21. Ever wanted to try Geo-caching? This is a great idea to keep older children engaged outdoors. Find out about our first not-quite successful geo-caching trip here! And a more successful pro how-to guide from Parenting Chaos.
22. If you should find some flowers on your woodland walk, then why not try making a perfect little keepsake – a woodland flower keyring.
23. Another flower idea – why not try a making a gorgeous flower petal suncatcher?
24. My last idea for fun things to do on woodland walk with kids really is a – ‘save the best idea ’till last’! I recently found this most amazing pack of nature inspired printables from Mothernatured.com. It’s a whole host of Nature Art and Craft materials in one pack. You simply head on a woodland walk, collect lots of nature materials and use the printables to create beautiful artwork with your petals, sticks, leaves and more! This is an amazing pack – I can’t wait to try these out with my kids! Check out these cute Nature Dress ups! Click here if you’d like to see an excerpt of some of the activities on offer.
If you’d like to get your hands on this amazing Nature printable pack – click here. It doesn’t have to be used in the woods – it can be used on any kind of walk.
Hope this has inspired you to take more nature walks or fun woodland walks with your kids! I’ve got a whole load of things I now want to try out with my little people! How do you explore nature with your kiddos? Comment below and let me know any ideas we’ve missed! And don’t forget to try out the Nature Pack next time you’re on a woodland walk!
Our favourite woodland walks can be found here…….
You could also try our 5 things to do with Conkers in the Autumn!
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