Wonderful world

Nature Explorers

Becoming a nature explorer helps children better understand the world around them and develop a lifelong love for nature. Exploring nature allows children to observe, touch, and interact with the natural world, improving their scientific knowledge and critical thinking skills.

They also learn about different plants and animals, the interconnectedness of ecosystems, and the importance of preserving natural resources.

Nature exploration fosters creativity, imagination, and a sense of wonder, and provides opportunities for physical activity and adventure. By becoming nature explorers, children gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of the world around them.

This page highlights some of the ways you can encourage an interest in nature with your child at home, and in your local areas.

Boy and girl outdoors taking part in the mud kitchen 

Encourage wildlife to your garden with a homemade bird feeder

This not only helps children understand the importance of taking care of the environment, but also provides an opportunity for them to observe and learn about different species of birds.

• As they watch the birds feed and interact, children learn about bird behavior, habitat, and the role they play in the ecosystem.

• Building a bird feeder also helps children develop creativity, problem-solving skills and a sense of responsibility towards the environment.

Click the button to find out how to make your very own bird feeder at home, using recycled materials.

How to make it
Bird using recycled bottle feeder in the wild

Discover nature with an hunt for bugs!

Searching for bugs in local woodland areas can have numerous benefits for children's development.

• It promotes physical activity and exploration, as well as a connection to nature. Children can observe and learn about different insects and their habitats, improving their scientific and critical thinking skills.

• They also learn about the importance of biodiversity and the interdependence of species in the ecosystem. Bug-searching can foster children's imagination, creativity, and sense of wonder, promoting a lifelong love of nature and the outdoors.

Grasshopper in the wild

Attract bees & butterflies with freshly grown flowers

• This hands-on learning experience helps children develop a deeper appreciation and understanding of the natural world.

• Children develop important skills such as responsibility, patience, and problem-solving as they care for their plants.

• Growing flowers improves children's self-esteem and creativity as they watch their plants grow and bloom, and observe the insects visiting their garden.

Child with a butterfly on a flower
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