50 things activities in the woods

Catching falling leaves, hiding inside the belly of a tree, playing with sticks and watching out for furry critters, the woods are a world of new adventures. See what you can get up to if you head down to the woods today.

Children den building

No. 4 build a den

Collect some snapping branches and crunchy leaves and start building your hideaway in the heart of nature. Who knows which inquisitive animals may pop by for a visit.

Girl carrying a pile of sticks to make a den

No. 12 have fun with sticks

Gather some big sticks and crunchy leaves from the ground and lay a secret trail for your family to follow.

Make a mud pie

No. 13 make a mud creation

Put on your wellies and find a muddy spot. Stones, leaves, flowers and twigs are great for decorating.

Fallen leaves and flowers arranged into an image of a face

No. 18 create some wild art

Woods have pretty much everything you need to create your own piece of wild art. Use leaves, sticks, acorns, mud, grasses, conkers or feathers to bring some of the outside in.

Two young boys looking up, stood inside a tree

No. 1 get to know a tree

Trees with huge trunks sometime have huge holes, making them great for exploring. We even have hollow trees at a few of our places, perfect for adventurers. Watch out for insects and wildlife though - lots of things like to live in the holes of trees, so you might end up sharing.

A boy climing trees barefoot at Saltram

No. 24 go barefoot

Going barefoot gives your feet all sorts of sensations as you feel the different types of ground, from sand to earth and grass or moss. Close your eyes and see if you can work out what you're standing on - but don't keep them closed if you're walking.

Children on a bug-hunt at Sheffield Park, East Sussex

No. 31 make friends with a bug

Your garden is a great place to look for all sorts of bugs - try searching under rocks and stones, in the soil or the grass. Does your critter have fur, wings or many legs? Remember to put any creepy-crawlies back where you found them afterwards.

Pallets and pipes stacked up to create bug hotel

No. 36 make a home for wildlife

All sorts of animals need homes, so why not try making a bug hotel, a house for a hedgehog, or even a motel for a mouse. Think about the creature you're making a home for - does it need to be warm, light, dry, dark, cold, or wet?