Fun family activities from our education team
Looking for fun activities to try with your kids in the garden? Try some of these ideas from our education team.
Our education team at Sheringham Park know that being outside helps kids feel happier and healthier. They've put together some of the fun ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾'’ games and activities they run with school groups for you to try at home.
During this time when we're not able to get out and about much, these simple ideas will help you make the most of family time together in your garden.
Check out the videos below.
Meet a tree
Play this fun outdoor game to get to know a tree - one of the '50 things to do before you're 11¾'! What does the bark feel like? Is the trunk wide or narrow? Does it have many branches within your reach? Are there any leaves on your tree? Can you identify it without using your eyes?
Going on a scavenger hunt is one of the '50 things'. When you've found your natural treasures, here's a fun activity to try!
Green man faces
Here's a fun way to create some wild art - another one of the '50 things' to try out at home.
Make a bug trap
Find out what creepy crawlies are living in your garden by creating this simple bug trap. Making friends with a bug is one of the '50 things to do before you're 11¾'!
Go cloud watching
Lie back, relax and look at the clouds as they roll across the sky above you. Cloud watching is one of the '50 things' to tick off your list!
Make a bird feeder
Make a bird feeder using simple things from around the house and garden. This fun activity will help encourage birds into your garden, where you can watch them as they enjoy their feast! Helping a wild animal is one of the '50 things'!
Cuddly Toy Dens
Build a den in your garden for your favourite cuddly toy! Collect your materials and design a construction that will keep it sheltered and cosy. This fun outdoor activity has so many different possibilities - you could have a teddy bear picnic outside at the same time!
Make a blossom branch
Make arty decorative spring blossom and catkin branches at home using a few simple materials. Unlike real blossom, these will look beautiful for months!
Listen like a deer
By cupping your hands around your ears, you can amplify nature's noises while you listen to the sounds of birdsong in your garden or on a walk near your home. Can you hear any of the birds singing in the video? Joining natures band is one of the '50 things'!
Make a wild weaving
Take a look at this video to see how to weave beautiful natural materials like grasses, feathers, flowers and leaves into an artistic picture.