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5 Fun Ways to Teach Your Kids about Nature & the Environment

With the half-term holiday fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking about all of the fun activities and adventures you and your family can enjoy. 


If you’re anything like us you’ll love spending time in the great outdoors and making the most of our fantastic British landscape. You’ll also know how important it is to preserve and protect it as much as we can for future generations. 


Help your kids to develop the same respect and appreciation for their natural environment from a young age with these five fun, simple and inexpensive activities.

1. Variety is the spice of life!

Image Credit: Ancient Woodland Floor by Marcus Busby is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Show your kids the bigger picture by taking them to a variety of different environments on a regular basis. Take them to places that they don’t see every day – go hunting for waterfalls in the forest, searching for seashells on the beach, skim stones on the river, climb trees in the park or go wild camping in a national park! Showing them the world outside of their own backyard will give them a real love of the outdoors that will stay with them throughout their entire lives.

The National Trust’s website is a great place to start if you are stuck for ideas on where to go and what to see. There’s even a tool to help you find days out near to your postcode

2. Kids love creepy crawlies

Image Credit: British Butterflies by Mick Talbot is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Kids learn when they are having fun and most kids love picking up bugs and getting a bit mucky! If you go out trekking or on a camping trip, encourage your kids to see how many different types of insect they can spot. Encourage them to learn their names and the jobs that they do. Teach them about the eco-system and how all creatures great and small are needed to maintain the environment we live in. At home get them to help you create a bee and butterfly friendly garden to attract pollinators or make a worm farm from an old plastic bottle.

The Jobs of Common British Bugs

Bees

Bees are one of the most important bugs in our eco-system – they are the reason we have food on our tables. If the bees didn’t pollinate our plants there would be no plants to feed animals. This would mean no plants or animals to feed us.

Butterflies

Butterflies help to pollinate plants and caterpillars provide food for the birds.

Ladybirds

A favourite with kids, ladybirds eat aphids (greenflies and their relatives) which would otherwise eat our plants.

Centipedes

Centipedes eat garden pests such as slugs and woodlice.

Worms

Earthworms help to create rich, nutritious compost for plants to grow in by aerating soil and mixing in leaves, minerals and dead vegetation.

 

3. Get growing

Image Credit: Carlsbad Strawberry Co. by Rob Bertholfis licensed under CC BY 2.0

Growing their own fruit and vegetables is a really fun and rewarding way to help your kids appreciate where their food comes from. It will give them a lesson in how the weather, location and environment affect plant growth. It’s also a great way of showing that real fruits and vegetables aren’t perfectly formed and unblemished. Grow from seed to save money and only give your child a small planter to start off with. Encourage them to be take responsibility for watering and feeding their plants so that they can take all the credit when you serve up the home-grown produce to family and friends. Tomatoes, lettuce and strawberries are three great easy-care plants perfect for growing with kids.

Easy Care Fruit & Veg

When To Sow Outdoors

When To Harvest

Peas

March – June

Around 14 weeks after sowing

Potatoes

From late March onwards

13 – 20 weeks from planting depending on the variety

Lettuce

March - September

Around 7 weeks after sowing

Strawberries

March - April

July - August

Tomatoes

February - April

July - October

 

4. Recycle and reuse

Image Credit: Another Bird Feeder by Tony Alteris licensed under CC BY 2.0

There’s nothing that kids love more than making things. To save you money and save the planet at the same time, have them use household plastics and cardboards for their crafts. At the same time you can teach them about how long plastics and other materials take to biodegrade. One of our favourite ideas is to help them make a bird feeder out of an old plastic bottle. 

5. Back to basics

Image Credit: Camp near Loch Monar by Nick Bramhallis licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

One night each month try going electricity free or take your kids camping. Celebrate energy conservation and teach your kids that they don’t need modern amenities and appliances to have fun. Play games outdoors on light summer evenings or tell stories by candlelight. You’ll be surprised how much fun escaping from everyday technology can be! 

Saltrock’s favourite spots for wild camping

  • Gwalia Farm, Cemaes, Machynlleth, Powys
  • Dartmoor National Park, Devon
  • Calgary Bay, Isle of Mull
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