How to go nature spotting with your child

We’ve put together some easy-to-try tips that will get the most out of your family nature walks this year, as well as some nature activities for kids, so they can learn while they stretch their legs.

What do you need to start nature spotting?

  • Notebook and pencil
  • Sensible footwear and a waterproof jacket
  • Binoculars enhance bird watching for children. A good size for general bird watching is 8x30
  • A magnifying glass or bug viewer can help you see insects and small animals in detail
  • Small containers can be used to collect specimens such as old shells and feathers to take home, but remember not to take home living things
  • A good wildlife guide – a nature handbook is perfect for nature spotting. They include popular UK animals, bugs, trees, flowers and birds.

Ideas for nature activities for kids

  • Identify species with the help of fact files from a wildlife guide – or draw your own pictures first and then write notes
  • Use a container to carefully scoop up a mound of dirt or water from a pond and study what’s inside
  • Collect leaves, twigs and other objects that you can take home to create a nature picture
  • Pick a colour and try to find as many different types of wildlife of that colour and write down each number
  • Kids can write down their experiences of what they saw, what they could smell, hear, touch etc. on their nature walk
  • Find different leaves that have fallen, bring them home and stick them to paper. Try to label them with the type of tree they are from by looking at a wildlife guide or on the Internet
  • Make a bird feeder and then make notes of the different species of birds that visit.

Our animal and nature books can be found here.

2+ years
If I were a Dinosaur…
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3+ years
Lots to Spot Halloween sticker book by Miles kelly cover. Shows illustrations of a witch, mummy and vampire.
Lots to Spot: Halloween! Sticker Book
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3+ years
Lots to Spot Christmas sticker book cover shows a family decorating a Xmas tree illustration. Book by Miles kelly
Lots to Spot Christmas Sticker Book by Miles kelly inside page shows illustrations all about Christmas Eve. Children can spot the sleigh bells on Santa's sleigh, stockings over the fireplace and people wrapping presents.
Lots to Spot: Christmas! Sticker Book
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3+ years
Lots to Spot Space sticker book cover showing illustration of an astronaut, surrounded by asteroids, aliens and planets
Lots to Spot Space sticker book inside page by Miles Kelly shows Our Solar System. There are illustrations of all of the planets, except Saturn which will be a sticker. Children are prompted to spot different things such as shooting stars
Lots to Spot: Space! Sticker Book
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3+ years
Nursery Rhymes book cover showing an illustration of a yellow bus full of people - Miles Kelly
Nursery Rhymes book sample page by Miles Kelly. Shows Twinkle Twinkle Little Star with charming illustration
Nursery Rhymes
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