Discover the great outdoors this summer...
The summer holidays are in full swing and the Woodland Trust has got lots of great adventures to get kids active outdoors and away from their screens! Discover the natural world on your doorstep and become a Woodland Trust Nature Detective this summer!
Create a fairy garden
Use your imagination to design a fantastic fairy garden! You can do this indoors if it’s raining. You will need:
A container, such as a plastic box or old washing up bowl
A collection of natural materials: small stones or pebbles, sticks, moss, leaves, and perhaps some small flowering plants.
Fill your container with earth (if you’re using living plants, put some stones in the bottom for drainage). Use some leafy twigs to make trees. Build a fence or little seat with sticks. You could even make a pond by sinking a plastic cup or another small container into the earth and filling it with water.
Set yourself a woodland challenge
Have a competition with your family and friends and set up challenges to complete on a day out in the woods. Remember to decide how many points each one is worth. Here are some ideas:
Climb a tree (make sure there’s an adult around though!)
Balance along a fallen tree trunk
Find three types of flower (our summer flowers ID will help)
Cross a stream without getting your feet wet
Use our leaf ID to identify three different tree species
Find some wild animal evidence – tracks, a fox or rabbit hole, some fur caught on a bush, or even some poo!
Have a look through the Woodland Trust’s Activities for more challenge ideas.
Try a barefoot walk
Let the grass tickle your toes, splash through a stream, and stomp in some squidgy mud. Did you know you have over 7,000 nerve endings in each foot, so walking barefoot is a great way to get in touch with nature? Just make sure you look out for anything sharp on the ground.
Some parks and attractions have special barefoot trails, so search online for one near you. You could even try setting up a barefoot walk in your back garden or living room.
Go on a butterfly hunt
Summer brings throngs of colourful butterflies. Use our spotter sheet to hunt for fluttery butterflies in woodland clearings!
But if it’s too wet to go outside, why not cheer yourself up with a gorgeous butterfly mobile instead?
You will need:
several sticks of similar length
string or wire
paper – coloured, patterned, or white if you want to colour the butterflies yourself
colouring pens, glitter (optional)
a needle and some strong thread.
1. Cross the sticks over in the middle and fasten them with string or wire to make the frame.
2. Fold a piece of paper in two and draw half a butterfly along the folded edge. Cut around it and open it out. Repeat for lots more butterflies. Decorate them if you wish.
3. Attach a thread to each butterfly using the needle and tie the other end to a stick. Hang up your mobile and admire your cloud of colourful butterflies!
Keep the fun going all year round
Outdoor adventures don't have to stop after the holidays, become a family of Nature Detectives – visit woodlandtrust.org.uk/naturedetectives to join.