Countryside kids are outdoor kids! Here’s our top tips for making your own fun in the countryside, or you can download the sheet HERE.
1) Alphabet Scavenger Hunt
Write a list of nature treasures for every letter A-Z and see how many you can find.
2) Climb a Tree
See how high you can climb. What can you see from up in the branches?
3) Walk Barefoot
Take off your shoes and socks and feel the sand between your toes or the grass beneath your feet. What other surfaces can you find and how do they feel? Which is your favourite and why?
4) Stick Man
I’m stick man, that’s me! Can you find a stick shaped like Stick Man?
5) Rainbow Hunt
Become a nature detective and find something for every colour of the rainbow.
6) Make a Kite
Use paper, sticks, sticky tape and string to make a kite and soar the sky.
7) Treasure Hunt
Draw a map of your pitch and hide treasure for other to find. X marks the spot!
8) Animal Tracks
Watch out for animal tracks, see if you can identify them and see where they go.
9) Sports Day
Egg and spoon, three legs, bean bag challenge. Have a sports day with prizes for the winner!
10) Make a grass whistle
Pick a tall, wide blade of grass, place it flat lengthways between the edge of your thumbs and blow.
11) A-Z Animals
Think of an animal, make that sound and move the way that animal moves. Can other people guess what animal you are?
12) Build a Den
Create a shelter from sticks and branches or cushions and blankets. Can you hide inside?
13) Obstacle Course
Cushions, sticks, chairs, toys, logs, blankets...make an obstacle course for you to hop, skip, climb, balance and jump your way around.
If you’re near a river, the sea or a fishing lake, grab a net and see what you can catch.
15) Mini Beast Hunt
Lift rocks and logs to see what creepy crawlies live beneath. Can you identify them?
Decorate a paper plate with colours and patterns to make your very own personalised frisbee. How far can you throw it?
17) Pooh Sticks
Drop twigs into a stream and see who wins the race - this works especially well under a bridge!
18) Puddle Jumping
If you’ve had a rainy day, put on your wellies and go for a walk to hunt for puddles.
19) Stop and listen!
What can you hear? Are they nature sounds, town sounds, happy sounds, animal sounds...?
20) Measure and Compare
Biggest, smallest, heaviest, lightest, smoothest, roughest, longest, shortest...scavenge for cool nature stuff and then compare your treasure.
Build a ramp to discover what rolls fastest, or drop things into a bowl of water to see what makes the biggest splash. Why do you think that is?