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Let’s Go Wild!

Let’s Go Wild!

Get some ‘Wild Time’ with your family with the help of our 'Let's Go Wild' ideas featuring simple ideas for games, crafts and activities to do outdoors - just for fun or to get closer to wildlife.

Get out into your garden, local park or come on down to Moors Valley – these activities can be done in almost any outdoor space. Most won’t need any complicated equipment – just enthusiasm and sometimes some common household items.

Get inspired, get outdoors and lets go wild!

Spring/Summer

  • Moth SpottingHave fun spotting moths at night
  • Make a Sweep NetMake your own sweep net to help you look for insects in long grasses
  • Camouflage GamesTest your camouflage skills with these fun games
  • Butterfly FeederAttract butterflies to your garden by making your own feeder
  • Cloud WatchingA simple and fun activity that doesn’t need any equipment other than your imagination!
  • Butterfly i-SpySee how many different types of butterfly you can see
  • Natural WeavingCreate a work of art from natural materials
  • Reflections of NatureGet a completely new view of the world around you
  • Mini TreasuresChallenge your friends and see who can collect the most natural treasures in miniature
  • Make a PledgeCelebrate World Environment Day (June 5th) and promise to do  something to help the environment or your local wildlife
  • Wiggly WavyFind as many leaves as you can to match the sheet
  • Dawn ChorusGet up early and listen for the chorus of birdsong
  • Spring i-SpyHow many signs of spring can you find?
  • SunflowersHow tall will your sunflower grow?
  • Easter BasketsMake your own Easter basket from natural materials
  • Nest ChallengeCan you build a nest to hold some eggs?
  • Barefoot TrailTake off your shoes and socks and go on a barefoot walk

Autumn/Winter

  • Musical NatureUse natural objects to make some unique musical instruments
  • Squirrel SeedsTry these two games to see if you could make it as a squirrel and survive the winter
  • Autumn i-SpyHow many signs of autumn can you find?
  • Worm charming – See if you can charm a worm
  • Underwater viewerA nice and easy activity to get you closer to some of the creatures hiding in ponds and streams
  • Mini Wildlife PondA great weekend project to help wildlife in your garden
  • Birdie BingoSee who can be the first to spot them all
  • Pitfall TrapSet a minibeast friendly trap to see which woodland minibeasts you can find living in your back garden
  • Wildlife DetectiveBecome a wildlife detective in search of signs of animal life
  • PoohsticksThe fun game invented by Winnie the Pooh
  • Fly a KiteMake your own kites and seeing which ones will fly
  • Trail FindersSet a secret trail for your friends to follow
  • Festive Family WalkTake a fun walk with your family
  • Deck the HallsBring a touch of the outdoors into your home at Christmas
  • Wooden RudolphA festive reindeer make
  • Winter Ice ArtBring a bit of winter magic to your garden
  • Besom BroomMake your own natural besom broom for Halloween
  • Feed the BirdsMake a tasty bird feeder for your garden birds
  • Leaf CrownsCreate a glorious leaf crown with colourful autumn leaves

All Year Round

  • StargazingYou don’t need a telescope. On a clear night there are lots of interesting things that can be seen with the naked eye.
  • Nature’s AlphabetCan you find a natural object for every letter of the alphabet?
  • Feely BoxesTest out your sense of touch and explore natural textures with this fun game
  • Colour CatchingWhen you take time to stop and look you’ll be amazed at all the different colours and shades you can find in nature
  • Snail racingA fun game to play with friends
  • Forest friendsGet creative outdoors and make your own monster friend!
  • Meet a TreeMake friends with a tree in this great all year round game
  • Den BuildingMake a mini home for a cuddly toy or something to hide in yourself
  • Leaf BoatsWill it float or will it sink? Challenge your friends to a boat race
  • Goldsworthy Apprentices – Explore natural materials and become an Environmental Artist like Andy Goldsworthy
  • Water Filter ChallengeTest your survival skills and challenge your friends to see who can make the best water filter
  • Tree GuardiansUse mud and natural materials to create magical faces of tree guardians in the woods
  • Welly-tastic!Fun, outdoor activities to make use of your old wellies
  • Tin Can CookingA fun way for children to try cooking outdoors
  • Smelly CocktailsUnlock the smells of the countryside with some special pixie juice!