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Animal and Nature Activities for children

 

Easy Animal Dot Painting

Animal Dot Painting

This is such an easy and relaxing craft to do with your children. You only need a few items, most of which are readily available around your home.  Read more

 

 

 

Green Grocer Cicada

Making the Most out of Cicada Season

If it’s cicada season near you then there’s plenty of opportunities to explore these creatures with your children. Here’s some wonderful tips written by Sarah Higman from Kids Activities Delivered. Read more

 

 

Hole punched bracelet

DIY Nature Bracelet

Coupling familiar shapes with stunning leaves from nature just works. This nature bracelet is quite easy to make and a child over five could do most steps on their own , with supervision. Read more

 

 

 

Paper bark candle craft

Easy Made Nature Jars

I’ve seen leaf candle jars before and I’ve seen how beautiful hole punched leaves look but I haven’t seen the two combined. Turns out it’s easy to DIY and a stunning combination! Read more

 

 

Dinosaur Gift Box Free Printables

Dinosaur Gift Box Idea

What gift do you buy a child who loves dinosaurs? Well, there’s plenty of wonderful dinosaur gift ideas out there but I preferred to make my own funky dinosaur gift box and then fill it with dino goodies this year. You can make one just like it! Read more

 

 

Ways to help save the tiger

 Saving Tigers with a Decorated Glass Jar

There’s many easy ways you can act for wildlife. Collecting loose change is just one way your children can take an active role to help save a species like the majestic tiger! Read more

 

 

Nature Garland for Christmas

Christmas Nature Garland

This Christmas nature garland literally took me less than 20 minutes to make once I had collected the nature for it . Here’s how you can make one too. Read more

 

 

Nature Craft

 Invitation to Play with Nature

I’ve been collecting lots of nature’s bits and pieces and it was time to put them to good use. Have you provided an invitation to play with nature lately? Read more

 

 

Pets for Kids : Keeping Crickets as Pets

Keeping Crickets as Pets

Crickets always appear in a hurry, makes beautiful sounds that put you to sleep at night and they’re really fun to watch but there are plenty of other reasons why they make great pets. Read more

 

 

Biodegradable Glitter from Nature

Nature’s Glitter

I didn’t have to look far to find biodegradable glitter. I found alternatives that look beautiful, are vibrant in colours, smell great,  bio degrade in a very short amount of time and are an excellent replacement for the real thing very close to home!  Read more

 

 

Sorting Animals to Habitats

Sorting Animals into Habitats

A fun sorting activity to help build understanding of animal habitats. Arboreal, Terrestrial and Aquatic animals are covered. Read More

 

 

HHalloween flapping bat craft

Flapping Bat Craft

Make a bat that actually flaps its wings! It looks very real, it’s interactive but most importantly, i’s super fun! Read more

 

 

measuring the circumference of a treeFun Ways to Measure Nature

I like to try to include nature in the process of learning. It’s a great excuse to get the children outside and I genuinely feel they retain more information when they learn out of doors. Make learning math fun! Read more

 

 

Halloween Icecream DessertSpider Dessert Decorations

Here’s an easy way to make spider dessert decorations and as you’ll see below, they can be used in a variety of ways. Read more

 

 

 

Bandicoot Animal TracksMake an Animal Track Plot

Making an animal track plot is a really exciting way to get outdoors, find out about what creatures live near you and to learn animal tracking skills. Read more

 

 

spider web craftMake a Spider Web using Nature

It’s lovely to make crafts out of nature. That’s exactly what we did. Learn how to make this nature spider web too! Read more

 

 

 

T-Rex Mask

 Dinosaur Mask Printables

Three popular dinosaur masks to choose from. A tyrannosaurus, Triceratops and Stegosaurus . Get into some prehistoric play with your little ones! Read more

 

 

Nature activities for kids

 Easy made Nature Crowns

Using nature in craft is one of our favourite activities.  Who needs pom poms and felt, when you can have leaves, gumnuts and bark! See how these gorgeous nature crowns were made. Read more

 

 

Mealworms as Pets: I the classroom or at home

Mealworms as Pets

It may appear that I’m suggesting you keep maggots as pets (mealworms do look quite similar) but mealworms are in fact quite different and a very educational companion animal.  Read more

 

 

What to do with toddler paintings

Turn Paintings into Wildlife Art

If your children are anything like mine, then you probably have heaps of artwork hanging around the house. What do you do with all those toddler paintings though? You make wildlife art! Read more

 

 

Spider meatball - fun food for kids

Animal Meatballs

When your children don’t eat much at dinner time, what do you resort to? Well,  you try to make food as fun as possible! We tried animal meatballs. Read more

 

 

Help Orangutans

 Kids Acting for Orangutans

Let your children help save orangutans by allowing them to download and colour these postcards (free template). Send them off to a business that’s still using palm oil in its products. Please help save this beautiful and so, so vulnerable species. Read more

 

 

Playing Vet for Kids: Free Printable Resources

Vet Play: Free Printable Resources 

Children seem naturally drawn to helping animals. I always see their caring nature show through when telling  a story about an injured animal who came through our wildlife hospital at work.  Continue that connection at home by playing vet. Free printable resources available. Read more

 

 

Nature for Kids: Seed Pod Painting

 Painting Seed Pods

We love nature craft. Do you? Find some pods and get painting! Read more

 

 

 

Bush walk activity

Go for a Forest Picnic

Do you sit at home and wonder ‘what will do as a  family this week?’  Why not go for a forest walk this week? Here some tips on a lovely morning or afternoon out in nature with the family. Read more

 

 

Put the pencils down! Colour With Nature instead!

 Colour with Nature- Free Animal Templates

Put those colouring pencils down! Today you’ll colour with nature instead! Free printable animal templates to get you started colouring with nature. Read more

 

 

Spider Catch and Release for Kids @WildlifeFun4Kids

Catching a Spider: Catch and Release

I try to teach my children that every animal has a role to play and so when we stumble on any creatures, we usually take some time to look at and discuss it. This time though, we have to get a little more hands-on! Read more

 

 

Pets for Kids

Keeping Garden Snails as Pets

Many of us automatically view snails as an annoying little pest that eats our veggie gardens but next time you see one, don’t get out the spray (or organic defences) just yet, snails make great pets for kids! Why keep snails?

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THINGS FOR THE BACKPACK

Backpack Essentials for Little Explorers

It doesn’t take much to encourage our children’s curiosity in nature and wildlife.  It’s a subject that most children seem to engage in quite naturally.  There are, of course, ways to enhance those curiosities and adding some mostly inexpensive tools to their backpack will help them to get closer to nature and make exciting wildlife discoveries. What’s the essentials? Read more

 

Cloud activity

Finding Animals in Clouds

Cloud watching can take five minutes, be done almost anywhere where the sky can be seen and you have right cloud cover and is a great way to use your imagination in nature. Read more

 

 

animal themed food

Create Fruit Animals

Do you need a simple activity that will not only be fun and creative but also fill your kid’s tummies with healthy food? Read more

 

 

gorilla craft kids_wmToilet Roll Animals

The recycled toilet rolls in our craft bin had been piling up since the twins started toilet training and if I didn’t do something soon, we would be overrun, swimming in a playroom of faintly ocean fresh-scented cardboard rolls.  We made nine of them. See them here 

 

 

dewy grass faun

Make Animal Prints in the Dewy Grass

Get up early and make animal prints in the dewy grass. Some examples included. Read more

 

 

Sorting eggs after the hunt

 Learning about Egg Layers 

This is a fun egg hunting activity that teaches children about animals that lay eggs and animals that don’t. You can use if any time or keep it for Easter! Read more

 

 

elephant art

 Draw Animals from Images

Does your child love to draw animals? Have you encouraged your child to draw from an animal image?  Wildlife art isn’t just great fun but by taking the time to analyse a wildlife image first, you can learn a lot about the animals in it before you even put pencil to paper! Read more

 

 

exploring the beach

 20 Nature-related Beach Activities for the Whole Family

There are plenty of inspiring activities you can do at the beach to get you closer to nature. Are your favourite on the list? Read more

 

 

 

koala bookmark

Free Animal Bookmarks for Kids

Download and print these animal bookmarks for your children. There’s a seal, lady beetle, koala and turtle. Read more

 

 

 

Easter CraftMake a Bird Nest out of Recycled Materials

Making a life-sized nest out of recycled materials, doesn’t just lend itself to a crafty afternoon but it also stimulates learning through play at its best! Read more

 

 

school lunch boxAnimal Quiz fun for the lunch box

A fortnightly list of questions that add a bit of animal fun to your child’s lunch box. Read more

 

 

 

five senses activityAnimal Taste Game

Have you ever blind folded your child and let them guess food by using only their taste buds? Here’s a new twist. Can your child taste the food and guess the animal it’s associated with? Read more

 

 

How to make a TerrariumWildlife Themed Terrarium

You may not be able to afford a large set up with animals but you can make a fun little wildlife themed terrarium instead! Read more

 

 

 

polar bear slippersEasy Made Animal Feet

If you’ve ever wanted to give sewing a go, making these animal feet slippers are a nice easy project for you to try. They also encourage animal play in the cutest kind of way! For instructions read more

 

 

wildlife conservationDo you let your Children Act for Wildlife?

If, during play time, your child expresses a desire to help an endangered species, remember that children can inspire great action if given the opportunity! Read more

 

 

pet fishThe Benefit of Fish as Pets

There have been many studies on the positive benefits of children having pets. Find out how having fish as pets can help develop your child. Read more

 

 

 

Dinosaur activityAnimal Grass Heads

A fun twist on an old favourite. Here’s how to make a caterpillar, echidna/hedgehog and a dinosaur! Read more

 

 

 

Bushwalking activityTen Benefits of Taking your Children Bushwalking

Bush walking (and or hiking) is for all ages, from little babies that can be carried, toddlers who can walk and children and teens that can run! Could you guess the ten benefits of taking your children bushwalking? Read More

 

 

Wombat unitWombat Play in Five Learning Ways

When a child is interested in an animal, it’s an invitation for great learning and fun play! Take a look at our journey where we learnt about wombats through play. Read More

 

 

Animal Fun with Paper StrawsAnimal party idea

Just for fun or a special occasion, these add on for paper straws makes for more dramatic drinking. They come as a printable with shark, warthog, snake and lion. Read More

 

 

Wildlife Party FoodAnimal Pastry Pies

Add a little animal fun to your food by adding animal shaped fun to the tops. See how to make these pies by clicking here

 

 

 

zoos for kidsTen Tips to Improve your visit to the Zoo

Visiting the zoo is a wildlife-rich experience for children but believe it or not, there are simple ways you can improve your visit Read more…

 

 

 

Where to get a venus fly trap

Explore Predator Plants

Do you remember from your childhood, those moments when something in nature captivated you? Perhaps it was the first time you saw a caterpillar munching away at a leaf or a rose plant covered in aphids.  Well, children will be captivated by this next activity.  Read more…

 

 

touching animalsAnimal Touch: Get more Hands-on this year!

So, parents, I have a challenge for you and your children this new year. I’d like you relish in one of the most important senses – touch.  Go out of your way to touch an animal that you’ve wanted to touch for as long as you can remember. Read more…

 

 

Animal Playdough PlayAnimal Play Dough Play

When the children are bored this holiday season, consider making play dough and then crafting it into animals.  Pair your creative play dough critters with play activities afterwards, and you’ll provide a good hour or two of occupied fun! Read more…

 

 

wildlife observationHow to Build a Bird Hide for Wildlife Observation and Photography Fun!

If you live in more of a suburban to rural area and have birds a plenty or a regular wildlife visitor to your backyard, building a bird hide is a perfect activity for you and your family. Read more

 

 

wildlife trekking12 Things to take for a Wildlife-rich Holiday

Do you want your holiday to be filled with nature and wildlife galore?  Bring along your keen eyes and the objects below and you’re bound to see more than you expected! Read more…

 

 

boo book owletBoo and the Big Storm (Book review)

There’s something about big, beautiful, innocent eyes that makes me go all gooey inside, and the book I laid eyes on last week made me do just that! Read more…

 

 

Animal and wildlife rice activity Magic Wildlife Rice

This magical rice play is so easy to do, you’ll love it! All you need is some coloured rice and a glue stick and your ready to go! Read more…

 

 

animal bean bags How to make Animal Bean Bags

This is a very basic template to help you make these Animal Bean bags for your children. It’s really simple. Decorate it with some buttons and viola, fun bean bags or even a heat pack for children - animal themed! Read more…

 

 

Make a vidoe Make a Wildlife Video

Bring your home-made craft to life by making a wildlife video. This tutorial tells you how to do it and you can see our finished butterfly lifecycle video too! Read more…

 

 

Hop, Stick and Jump into Animal Classification

Really fun ways to introduce animal classification to children! Read more…

 

 

 

 Fur Feather and Scale Activities

A nice number of fur, feather and scale activities for children. Animal body covering rubbings, collages and investigation. Read more…

 

 

 

Teach your Child to be Snake Safe

This is a play-based and snake friendly way to help teach your children to be snake safe. Don’t scare your children to keep them safe, play with them instead! Read more…

 

 

Wildlife photographyGive your Kids a Camera to ger Closer to Nature

Giving your child a camera in a wildlife-rich environment (like a zoo or duck park) allows them to explore the wonders of nature around them, focus on animals they hadn’t noticed  before and develops wildlife appreciation. Read more…

 

 

Build Your Wild Self

This website will engage children in a land of make-believe, allowing them to become a new kind of wild creature by adding their different animal features to a boy or girl body (website review). Read more…

 

 

Koala Activities for Save the Koala Month

Eight koala activities you can share with your children during Save the Koala Month in September.  Read more… 

 

 

 

Recycled CD Critters 

Recycle old CDs into beautiful wildlife garden/decoration hangers. Read more…

 

 

 

Hunting for Antlions

Hunting for antlions can be fascinating and by taking the time to watch them you can learn what they eat, how they capture their prey and how they make their trap. But best of all, you can hold them too! Read more…

 

 

Wildlife Movement Dice: Draw out your Inner Animal

Jump, hop, slither and fly like an animal. Don’t forget the noises too! Have some fun finding your inner animal through this wildlife movement dice (free printable). Download and find out more here.

 

 

Wildlife Pikelets

Great for recognising animal shapes, a nice afternoon tea or party idea plus kids love them! Read more about how to make them here.

 

 

 

Feeding Ducks breadNo Bread! Feed Ducks Gourmet Duck Food Instead

Many people don’t know that feeding bread to ducks is bad for them. Try this healthy recipe instead! Click here to read more.

 

 

 

How to Make a Spider Web Obstacle Course

I’ve wanted to make a spider web obstacle course for quite some time but I kept pushing it to the bottom of the list because I wasn’t sure how to tackle it. Now that spring is here, I decided it was the perfect opportunity to spend more time in the backyard. Read more…

 

 

Camping at Home, Wildlife Education and Stuffed Toy Fun

Is it too cold to go camping? Why not set up at home and use your stuffed toys for wildlife spotting during bush walks and night spotting. Teach your child about diurnal and nocturnal wildlife too! Read more…

 

 

Visiting the Museum

Museums are no longer dead boring with interactive displays becoming more common. Have a look at what we did at our museum. Read more…

 

 

Lay a Sheet and Shake a Tree

A fun, simple activity that takes two minutes to prepare but leaves you with an afternoon of bug discovery. Great for all ages. Click here to read more

 

 

Chicken Vs the Worm: Worm Farming

Deciding between getting worms or chickens? Read this first. I pitched them against each other in the pet stakes, which do you think came out on top? Find out more by clicking here!

 

 

Seven Homely Ways to have Fun with Wildlife Caves

Sometimes it’s not easy to get out into a wildlife habitat when a child’s interest is piqued. There’s always great alternatives. This is one of these moments where a cave exploration was too hard, unless we did it from home! Read more…

 

 

Top Ten Dinosaur Activities 4 Kids

Toddlers love dinosaurs and having a whole bunch of dino activities up your sleeve is essential.  Make dinosaur fossils, play with dinosaurs and get into some paleontologist play! Click here to read more.

 

 

Eight Great Ways to Appreciate Snakes

It’s starting to warm up here in Australia and that means that snakes are becoming more active. Don’t all shudder when I say that! I love snakes and believe they are very misunderstood creatures. Here’s what you can do to appreciate snakes. Read more…

 

 

Attracting Moths – Replace Beauty for the Beast

Many parents will point out a colourful butterfly flitting past on its daily pollination rounds, but moths often fly by unnoticed. Why not attract some moths and see how amazing they can really be? Click here to read more.

 

 

Top Wildlife Songs 4 Kids

This is a list of some wonderful wildlife Songs. Watch and sing along to them, they may just become your favourites! Are yours on the list? Click here to find out.

 

 

Puppet Play Part One – Australian Animals

Learning about wildlife through play is so much fun. Print out these free Australian finger puppets (free printable) and get playing! To read and download the puppet printable click here.

 

 

What’s Slimey, Tiny and Glow out of its Hiney?

Visiting a glow worm cave is a fascinating experience. Firstly, it allows children to get up-close to the little larvae and see them in proportion (I honesty thought they were the size of an earthworm); it encourages wonderful scientific discussions about their glowing butt and it allows children to experience an unusual type of wildlife species. Read more…

 

Does your Child have an Animalistic Sense of Smell?

We may not be on top of the best smellers list but we can still pretend like we are. Kids can have so much fun smelling what’s in the jar and guessing what animal would eat the food. Click here to read more.

 

 

Learn to Bellow like a Koala

So many children can moo like a cow, ssss like a snake and hoot like an owl but not many (if any) can bellow like a koala. Why not watch this video tutorial with your child and give it a go?! Click here to find out how.

 

 

Wildlife Hand Art

We came across some beautiful hand painting by Guido Daniele and couldn’t help but try our own. Check them out, his work is stunning! Click here to see this post.

 

 

Minibeats: Ten Bugs, One Tree

A little creature reminded me to tell you to look at the bark of a tree for signs of life. Here you will find creatures galore and learning aplenty. Read more…

 

 

There’s a Sea in my Playroom

Sometimes even TV time can start a month-long process of planning, creating and pretending. We had so much fun creating our underwater land. There were mermaid too! Read more…

 

 

Raising Tadpoles into Fine Young Frogs

Learning about amphibians is so interesting. Watching them transform in front of your eyes is even better. Read more…

 

 

 

Wildlife Holiday Fun

Our family took part in many unplanned wildlife activities and learnt that spontaneous moments can be just as memorable as the planned ones. Read more…

 

 

The Amazing Live Sea Monkeys

Find out what we thought about Amazing Live Sea Monkeys. Read more…

 

 

 

 Book Review – Fox and Fine Feathers

I beautiful book with stunning illustrations that camouflage the wildlife. Read more…

 

 

 

Wildlife Footprint Fun in Five Ways

Use these five footprint templates in five different ways. Click here to read more.

 

 

 

Phylomon Vs. Pokemon

Pokémon was a hit with children all over the world. They fell in love with the out-of-this-world creatures and their connections with humans. There’s just one problem. Children know more about Pokémon creatures than our real wildlife species. Read more…

 

 

Ten Activities to Celebrate National Bilby Day

Share these ten bilby activities with your children to encourage awareness of the Bilby for National Bilby Day ( free bilby mask printable). To download and read more click here.

 

 

Frog Mask Fun

Download this frog mask and hop about the place. Children love acting like frogs. Read more…

 

 

 

Cement Scavengers: The Ant Experiment

What food do ants like best? Do this experiment and find out. Free experiment template included. Read more…

 

 

 

Camping to get Closer to Nature

Imagine the wildlife you see when you go camping! Going camping get you and your family close to nature and close to wildlife. Read more…

 

 

Why I showed my Four Year Old a Dead  Sea Turtle

Nearing World Animal Day, we couldn’t have had a more stunning wildlife experience during our holiday on Moreton Bay.  But while out exploring wildlife, we came across a sight that was sad and startling for Miss Possum and I didn’t shield her eyes but instead helped to open them. Read more…

 

 

Frog Egg Craft

Who would have thought you could have so much fun with bubbles! Read more…

 

 

 

Go Batty – Bat Activity

Have you ever watched a bat colony? You can learn so much about them just by watching them for 30 minutes. Read more…

 

 

 

Swap the Bunny for the Bilby this Easter

You read right. This Easter, swap that little white ball of fluff and insert the dull grey rodent-like marsupial with its sharp teeth that rips apart flesh. Sounds like the stuff nightmares are made of, right? Read more…

 

 

 My child is scared of birdsMy Child has a Fear of Birds

A child of a wildlife education officer has a fear of birds. Laughable right? Well it happened and this is how we minimised the fear. Read more…

 

 

Embrace the Common

When I list birds like the ibis, crow, magpie and plover, most people would know what they all have in common – annoying habits and behaviours that irritate the community. But these common birds can teach us a lot (free printable puppets). Read more…

 

 

Wildlife Career Information for Children and Teenagers

What can you do to help your child get into a job with wildlife? Read more…

 

 

More coming soon

 

 

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