Activities with Nature!

During this extraordinary period in which we find ourselves, making the most of being outside and connecting with nature is so beneficial for our mental and physical health.  That might be in our own gardens or, where it is safe and permissible, out in our local open spaces.

But if you are unable to get out, or if you have children now being home-schooled, then we have put together some ideas for things to do to occupy your time. We will update this regularly.

The Wildlife Trusts - Activities

NEW! - The WIldlife Trusts - Nature from your Window

Hawk Conservancy Trust - Children's Activity Sheets

Surrey Wildlife - Activities and Spotter Sheets

RSPB Wild Challenge

The Woodland Trust - Kid's Nature Activities for Self-isolation

Wetlands Centre - Family Activities

Bumblebee Trust Learning Zone

WildStreamTV

Levison Wood reads from his book, Incredible Journeys (YouTube)

Making a Natural History Diary by Dr Dan Danahar

Ranger Stu's Virtual Zoo

Watch "Garden Birds | Garden Week | LET'S GO LIVE with Maddie & Greg on YouTube

"Earth LIVE Lessons" on YouTube

ORCA Lessons - Wonderful Whales and Dolphins

WWF Teaching Resources - Wild Classroom

The Woodland Trust's Tree Tools for Schools - home learning activities

For Bird lovers - Chris Packham has launched the "Self-isolating Bird Club" on Facebook and Twitter.

Chris Packham Live - every weekday at 9am

The Woodland Trust "Woodland Walk" podcasts

Opal Explore Nature on Facebook

RSPB Rainham Marshes Make a Bee, Bug and Hoverquarium

NEW - Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) - Home Learning Hub

Webcams

Morden Peregrines Live webcam
Woodland Trust Osprey-cam

Nature ID Aids

Garden Bumblebees and how to recognise them

Not strictly nature related but great anyway!

David Walliams' Elevenses - free stories

Virtual Tour of the British Museum

Storytime from Space - space related stories read by astronauts on the space station

NEW!  A Handy Guide produced by the ArmedForces for those home schooling.  A useful tool for anyone with lots of helpful links and suggestions. (downloadable PDF)

Colouring for younger children

Here are some of the drawing we usually have in the Information Centre for younger children to colour in.  These are in PDF format and can be downloaded and printed off, just click on the image.

      

      

 

 

Stay safe everyone and remember, if you do visit the Commons, keep a distance between you and other visitors of at least 2 metres.