Family nature activities

Explore the natural world from the comfort of your own home or local area with these fun activities for the whole family.

Little Explorers

Encourage your children to explore nature in your local area. 

Whether in a garden, park or woodland, use our activity sheets on your walks and get creative with the things you find along the way.  


  • Seeds of the chestnut-leaved oak (Quercus castaneifolia)

    Make a seed shaker (ages 0–3)

    With your child, make a seed shaker and explore the different sounds that seeds make.

  • Child playing at Wakehurst in Autumn

    Make an autumn nature mobile (ages 3–7)

    Collect seasonal treasures on your walks and make an autumn mobile to display your finds. 

  • Wollemi pines, Coates wood, Wakehurst, Ellen McHale/RBG Kew

    Pine cone investigation (ages 7+)

    Investigate the clever ways that pine cones have adapted to survive. 

  • Nordmann fir

    Winter sensory play dough (ages 0 – 3)

    Explore texture and scent with this sensory play dough activity.

  • Hedgehog in a leaf pile

    Make a clay hedgehog (ages 3–7)

    Hunt for natural items outside to make your very own hedgehog.

  • A sweet chestnut bursting from its casing on the forest floor

    Seed dispersal investigation (age 7+)

    Think like a scientist and explore the clever ways that seeds in your local environment have adapted to increase their chance of survival.

  • Bee pollinating yellow flower

    Fingerprint bees (ages 0 – 3)

    Explore the bees in your local area and recreate them at home using your fingers and paint.

  • Purple flower with yellow centre

    Grow your own native UK wildflowers (ages 3–7)

    Help us restore the diversity of native UK plants.

  • Tomato 'Shirley' in the Kitchen Garden

    Grow food from kitchen leftovers (age 7+)

    Don't let it go to waste; grow your own food from leftovers.

  • Herbarium specimens laid out

    Herbarium specimen suncatcher (ages 0-3)

    Use fallen leaves and petals to create your own herbarium specimen suncatcher.

  • Great Broad Walk Borders, RBG Kew

    Create a biodiverse summer collage (ages 3-7)

    Be inspired by Kew’s diverse collections and create a colourful summer collage using pressed flowers

  • Flowing wavy lines of white and purple

    Plant dye investigation (age 7+)

    Scientists recently discovered a new brilliant blue pigment in cabbage that could replace synthetic food dye! Explore for yourself with this natural dye investigation.

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    Supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.