With the mild sunny weather, the lack of rain and the light evenings, there is no time quite like the summer to introduce young children to the sights and sounds of nature.
Nature hunting is a fun, educational and thoroughly enjoyable activity and one that all the family can be absorbed in.
For budding David Attenboroughs of the 21st century, here are some nature activities for children tips.
Get out and about early
To make the most of your time in the countryside with the kids, it’s a good idea to make your trip a morning one. Not only can afternoons in the summer be hot and humid but animals and insects will be more likely to be rummaging about then during the afternoon when it becomes too hot.
Not only this, but the ground is often still damp from the night time dew in the early morning, creating richer and more vibrant colours and patterns.
Pack a magnifying glass
There’s nothing quite as exciting as seeing tiny insects such as ants and beetles magnified ten times their actual size. To therefore rivet your child’s enthusiasm for nature be sure to pack a magnifying glass in your rucksack!
Wear trainers instead of sandals
It is tempting to put open-toe sandals on children during the summer so that more air gets to their feet. Although in the countryside paths and fields can be full of rocks and stumps meaning children can easy scratch their feet and stub their toes. It is therefore a good idea to put children in trainers before they head on their nature trail.
If you find that your child’s concentration or enthusiasm of the nature trail is beginning to wane, make the outing more fun by playing games such as “I Spy” or “What do you think lives in that tree?”
Listen for sounds
Going for walks and exploring the countryside can be a great way to sharpen your little one’s senses. Ask your child to listen to natural sounds such as the wind, the leaves rustling and birds singing can be and help sharpen your child’s sense of hearing.