Have a scavenger hunt. There are so many things to pick up & collect along your walk pine cones, leaves, feathers, acorns, twigs etc. Take a bag with you to take home all your treasures.
Take a piece of paper & crayon with you to do bark rubbings or leaf rubbings.
Make some noise. Pick up some sticks of different sizes & textures, bang them against a tree. What noise do they make?
If you have brothers and sisters with you, can you work together to bang out a rhythm?
Collect some twigs, leaves, and stones to make some pictures with them. Write out their name or lay out a trail to follow.
Climb trees. Do make sure the tree is safe to climb and supervise all the time.
Find any fallen logs. Walk across them, good for balancing skills and lots of fun.
Play hide and seek. Tree’s make great places to hid behind.
Hug a tree. Find a tree and give it a hug! What does it feel like? All hold hands around a tree, can you complete the circle? Find a tree & guess how many people you would need to completely hug the tree, then have a go! Can you find a tree that’s too big to hug?
Play tig, but this time give everyone an object they must find & bring back to base. Could be a pinecone, acorn, leaf etc.
Take a photo. Take photos of any interesting things they find, could be an animal they spot or an interesting tree. When you get home, upload your photos onto the class website.
Feel a tree. If you have a scarf, blindfold one person, spin them around, then take them to a tree and let them feel it. Move them away from the tree and spin them around again. Next, remove the blindfold and see if they can guess which tree it was they felt. Good game for all ages.
Track animal footprints. Can you follow the prints where do they take you? Which animal made the print? If you’re not sure you could always take a photo and look it up when you get home. If you find any animal poo, see if your little one can guess which animal left the mess! Great game for little ones, really gets them thinking.
Play word games as you walk. I spy, alphabet game – go through the alphabet saying things you can see on your walk for example A= acorn, B=berries some of the letters will be tricky! Describe something you can see, while the others try to guess what it is you are describing.
Splash in puddles, jump over them. Who can make the biggest splash? Warning this could get very messy!
Spot wildlife. How many different animals can you see? You could take a spotting sheet with you to tick off as you find them.
Build a den. There’s lots of natural building material to use, sticks, fallen branches, logs, bracken and leaves.
Find a stone or conker – take it with you on the walk. Kick it as you walk along. This is good when little legs are getting tired and a little bit of motivation to keep walking that last little bit.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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