We have a fantastic guest post today in celebration of a wonderful new book that encourages kids to get out every day into nature for craft and play. Whatever the time of year, spending time outside is incredibly important for our kids mental health and wellbeing: A Year of Nature Craft and Play. We are lucky enough for the authors to be guesting on our site today, providing us with an amazing craft activity, exclusive to KiddyCharts in addition to all the fabulous ideas that are included within their book.
The book is written by creative children’s therapist Becky Goddard-Hill and gardening and nature craft expert Catherine Hughes and published by Harper Collins.
A year of Nature Craft and Play
by Becky Goddard-Hill and Catherine Hughes
This book is jam packed with seasonal crafts, gardening projects, games, art and science activities for children aged 7+ all nature based, eco, friendly and thrifty.
There are loads of ideas for the kids to get stuck into, and it’s SO MUCH fun for them, that they won’t even realise that all the fun they are having outdoors is helping their general mental health and wellbeing immensely.
There are 52 ideas for the kids, one a week; making it idea to keep them busy, any time of year.
One of the ideas in the book is to make a nature walk lots more fun by turning it into a scavenger hunt.
But how do you actually go about doing this? We’ve created a scavenger hunt list for you to do just that with.
How to make your scavenger hunt list look amazing
You can make a scavenger hunt list look cool because it looks old so it feels like a proper treasure hunt for your children.
To do this you simply need:
- A teabag,
- Small bowl of water, and
- Our printable which we have just created for you. Download this by clicking on the button below.
- Dip the teabag into cold water then drip it, splodge it and smear it over your paper on both sides. Don’t make it too wet or the paper will tear
- Leave it to dry then write you can take it out with you and tick off the items as you find them on your list in black pen
- Every tick means you have managed to find it of course. There aren’t too many for you to look for, but enough to keep the kids entertained.
What we have including in our scavenger hunt
We have focused in this list on the autumn and winter seasons.
However, if you wanted to do your own scavenger hunt for any season, then you could make up your own. Just create the scavenger hunt list on white paper instead.
We have included the following within the list for you:
Touch / Feel
- A smooth conker,
- A prickly conker case,
- A gentle breeze,
- A fluffy feather,
- The bark of tree, and
- A hard pinecone.
- A red leaf,
- A yellow leaf,
- An orange leaf,
- Bare branches,
- A big stick, and
- A spiders web.
How many of these amazing Autumn touch and see experiences can your child find on their nature walk today? Let us know.
In case you want a sneak peak of the activity – check it out here:
<< To download the scavenger hunt list for this activity, click the button below >>
We really do hope you like this resource, and if you do – why not join our FREE Time to Pee club where we let you now when we have more fabulous fun activities for the kids on the site and you get 10% off in our shop as well!
We do have other scavenger hunts to check out as we mentioned above, and here are some more!
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Thanks so much for checking this out, and do take a look at the book as well, and let us know how you get on with it too.
See you soon,