Spring & Easter ideas for fun nature-themed activities & gift guide for children

With spring upon us and Easter holidays on the way, there’s never been a better time to get out and explore nature, in line with the latest lockdown guidelines of course.

We’ve put together some of our top eco-friendly activities, resources, gifts and ideas from small businesses, events and more, to help you get outdoors and learn about nature with the family this season.

Making a dream catcher in lockdown thanks to Little Trekkers
Making a dream catcher in lockdown thanks to ideas from Little Trekkers

We’re also strong believers that learning about nature and the environment from a young age, can help children grow up to have a natural and stronger understanding about how to protect our planet, so we’re sharing some of our favourite small businesses who Lily is really enjoying learning from too.

Forest school and exploring nature is something we have always made part of Lily's life - and she loves it!
Forest school and exploring nature is something we have always made part of Lily’s life – and she loves it!

Whether you’re looking to make your lockdown walks a bit more interesting, an eco-friendly gift for an outdoor-loving child, or for something to do in the Easter holidays outdoors, we hope these ideas can help you and your family to explore and learn about nature.

Please note, this post contains some gifted items or brands, highlighted with a *, however these are all small businesses we love and support.

Wild Things Forest School*

After joining in their lockdown virtual forest school event, we are huge fans of Wild Things. Based in York, Wild Things have put together some fantastic resources as well as activity packs to download or purchase to help your adventures at home.

Lily loved the salt dough and painting activities from Wild Things
Lily loved the salt dough and painting activities from Wild Things

If you check out their Wild Things at Home page, you can find some brilliant short videos for families to enjoy nature at home, including foraging ideas, nature based craft, bird spotting & bird song. 

They also have Activity Boxes available in their shop, that can be delivered to your home, and contain over 11 nature-based activity ideas aimed at 3-8 year olds, but can be enjoyed by everyone.

The Mother's Day Pamper & Craft box was beautifully packaged and packed with ideas
The Mother’s Day Pamper & Craft box was beautifully packaged and packed with ideas

Having enjoyed their virtual forest school box (click here to check out what was inside) as well as their Mother’s Day box* (click here to find out what was inside!), we know these activity boxes will be packed with fantastic high-quality resources.

​Find out more about Wild Things, their activity boxes and free downloadable resources here.

The Nurture Collective*

We’ve featured the Nurture Collective before and are really excited to feature this beautiful eco-friendly store again, this time with their stunning activities for children to help learn and enjoy the outdoors.

The Wildflower Seed Paper for children from the Nurture Collective
The Wildflower Seed Paper for children from the Nurture Collective

If you’re looking for activities to do with the kids, they have a beautiful eco-friendly Gardening Adventure Activity Pack which is plastic-free and contains activities for 4-8 year olds to do together with an adult.

If your little ones love the garden, then you can also get some wildflower seed paper, a beautiful way to encourage bees, butterflies and more to your garden – and we think it would make a beautiful gift to send in a card to someone you may not be able to see right now too.

The Gardening Adventure Activity Pack from the Nurture Collective
The Gardening Adventure Activity Pack from the Nurture Collective

If you’re looking for Easter activities in the holidays, their sustainable Easter Activity Booklet is also a fantastic idea. Aimed at 3-7 year olds, it is eco-friendly, printed on recycled paper, and packed with Easter-themed games and activities for children.

Enjoying the Easter Activity Booklet at Wildflower Seed Paper from Nurture Collective

For more eco-friendly toys and activities for children, visit the Nurture Collective here – plus keep an eye on our Instagram for our review of the Easter Activity Booklet and Wildflower Seed Paper!

Spotty Dawdlers

Now a staple item in our backpacks, Spotty Dawdlers are a great way to get out and explore nature with their beautiful, kid-friendly nature spotting books.

Enjoying the Spotty Dawdler's Water Bird Spotting nature book
Enjoying the Spotty Dawdler’s Water Bird Spotting nature book

Spotty Dawdlers nature spotting books are the perfect size for backpacks and little hands, making them great for every adventure. They have little stickers to add to the child-friendly cards for when they spot whatever is on the card, and the pictures are clear for little learners to develop their knowledge about nature.

They come in Flora Finder, Pavement Explorer, Minibeast Seeker, Garden Bird Spotter and Water Bird Explorer, and they would make wonderful gifts too. We bought the Garden Bird Spotter then went and bought another two in time for spring – we think they’re fantastic and can’t wait to check out more from this lovely small business.

Find out more here about the Spotty Dawdlers nature spotting books.

Little Trekkers*

We are huge fans of Little Trekkers, and having been an ambassador for over a year now, we are proud to have tried and tested some amazing outdoor clothing which we now can’t adventure without!

Last summer, Lily tried out their Nature Trail in our local park, a simple and easy scavenger hunt that you can do anywhere, and it is free to download, or save to your phone for a fun way to explore your local area. Find out more and download here.

Enjoying the free Scavenger Hunt from Little Trekkers
Enjoying the free Scavenger Hunt from Little Trekkers

They also have just launched some fun free spring downloads including a spring scavenger hunt and spring bucket list – including options to colour in too! Find out more here.

The Little Trekkers Challenge

In May you can also get involved with the Little Trekkers challenge, which aims to get families together walk 11,027 miles – the length of the British Coastline for charity!

Find out more here

For all your outdoor clothing for kids, check out the Little Trekkers website and drop me a message for a little discount, or check out our blog post on outdoor clothing essentials for kids!

Exploring nature with the Little Trekkers free downloadable nature trail
Exploring nature with the Little Trekkers free downloadable nature trail

Catkin and Co

Having followed Catkin and Co for a while, we were super excited to have won a competition for one of their Animal Track Kits.

They have so many educational resources for kids to enjoy the outdoors, while learning about nature in a fun and different way.

The beautiful Animal Tracking Kit from Catkin & Co
The beautiful Animal Tracking Kit from Catkin & Co

The handmade kits come with everything you need as well as all the tools, instructions and beautiful packaging too, making it a lovely gift for any kid who loves the outdoors, or you can buy the flashcards separately.

We have already had great fun with the animal tracking kit, and the cards and tools will be with her to use again and again for years to come. Alongside the informative cards in a beautiful cotton drawstring bag, the kit comes with instructions, tools and ingredients to make your own animal tracks, even with a ruler to make sure they’re the right size!

Lily had great fun making her own animal tracks
Lily had great fun making her own animal tracks with the tools and cards from Catkin & Co

There are so many kits on the Catkin and co website, from the popular Poo Activity Kit, Bee Activity Kit, to Wildflower, Butterfly activity Kits and more. They even have a forest-school inspired Spring Activity kit to raise money for charity too.

Find out more about their beautiful hand-made nature activity kits here as well as their discovery flash cards too.

Eco-friendly herb garden, Love Rustic Grow Jar*

Something very different and an incredible gift or activity idea is this beautiful eco-friendly herb garden from Love Rustic.

Our beautiful Grow Jar set from Love Rustic (gifted)

Arriving beautifully packaged, the herb garden pack contains everything you need to grow herbs from a jar on your windowsill. The seeds are UK-sourced and every set is hand-made from home with 100% eco-friendly packaging too.

Lily planting the Love Rustic Grow Jar
Lily planting the Love Rustic Grow Jar

We can’t wait to start making these with Lily, as they are a beautiful way to plant and watch things grow together at home.

Find out more about the Grow Jar eco-friendly herb gardens here – and check out our Instagram page here for our full review too!

Eugy 3D models*

We’ve been building these beautiful 3D models from Eugy and they’re AMAZING fun.

Lily's LOVED doing her eco-friendly craft animal models from Eugy (gifted)
Lily’s LOVED doing her eco-friendly craft animal models from Eugy (gifted)

They’re environmentally friendly, made with biodegradable card with natural eco-friendly ink and non-toxic glue too, making them not only a fantastic fun activity for all the family, but also won’t damage the environment.

They’re so easy to build, even for Lily’s little fingers (age 5!), with simple instructions and everything you need in the box too.

You can get all kinds of animals and even a whole range of dinosaurs – Lily has already picked out the many other ones she would like from the catalogue too! They’d make a great gift this spring for kids of all ages – why not add a bunny or sheep to the Easter basket?

Find out more about all the different options from Eugy here or head over to the lovely, eco-friendly Button and Squirt to order yours – 5% is even donated to charity!

So proud of her Eugy model creations
So proud of her Eugy model creations

Mud & Bloom

I don’t know how we’ve only just come across Mud & Bloom, but we think they are fantastic!

With the aim to connect children with nature, Mud & Bloom boxes are monthly subscription boxes for 3-8 year olds and delivered through your letter box at the beginning of each month.

Mud & Bloom are monthly subscription boxes for children to connect with nature
Mud & Bloom are monthly subscription boxes for children to connect with nature

Each box includes everything you need for four seasonal gardening and nature craft activities along with nature news, spotting activities and games to teach children about animals, plants, insects, birds and the seasons.

Find out more about Mud and Bloom here.

Little Wood Walkers

Little Wood Walkers is a family-run business with the aim of getting kids out into nature.

We’re loving the look of all their beautiful nature items in their shop but for Easter, their Easter Nature Pack looks beautiful!

Easter Nature Pack from Little Wood Walkers
Easter Nature Pack from Little Wood Walkers

Packed with nature activities for children of all ages, the pack includes sunflower seeds, a wood slice with birdseed, instructions, scavenger sheets, and Challenge Cards or Story Cards too, as well as much more!

Visit their shop and find out more here

Button & Squirt

The beautiful Button & Squirt have so many beautiful gift and activity ideas including Colouring & Activity books and fact cards, all hand-drawn by the amazing Ria.

This spring, why not treat the kids to one of their Amazing British Garden Birds Fact and Activity Books or the Amazing British Bugs Fact & Activity Books, with 40 pages of hand-drawn birds or bugs to learn about and colour in too, alongside facts and activities for hours of fun.

What’s more, 5% from every sale goes to wildlife charities, and all the beautiful packaging is eco-friendly too.

Find out more about the Colouring and Activity books from Button & Squirt here or check out the gift sets here with eco-friendly soft toys or cards to go alongside your activity books.

Button & Squirt orders always come beautifully packaged
Button & Squirt orders always come beautifully packaged

Shop Pom Pom

PomPom is a beautiful little eco-friendly shop, packed with hundreds of plastic-free toys, games and activities for children.

They have a whole host of Outdoor Toys and Games on their website to help you get outdoors this season, from personalised gardening tools to wildlife seed boxes.

They also have some beautiful books including Let’s Play Outdoors, packed with ideas for outdoor adventures, from star gazing to campfire building to animal tracking.  Every page has colourful child-friendly pictures and easy to follow instructions. 

Sample from the Let's Play Outdoors book from Shop Pom Pom
Sample from the Let’s Play Outdoors book from Pom Pom

My Busy Bots – activity packs & free Easter downloads

We are huge fans of the beautiful My Busy Bots – we’ve bought several activity packs, activity books and their fantastic fun folder too.

They’re such high quality fun, brightly-coloured activities, tailored to different ages, and all stored in beautiful zip pouches to be kept tidy and handy for any adventure.

Sign up to the My Busy Bots newsletter for free spring activities

This Easter, sign up to their newsletter and you’ll also get some beautiful free Easter downloads to enjoy with the family too.

You can also head over to the website and check out the range of activities for children of all ages, including Kindness Booklet, packs for starting school, and their fun folders too.

What’s more, they are eco-friendly – the ink is vegetable ink and lamination is biodegradable too!

Find out more here.

SuperLily with the Kindness & Positivity Booklet and Fun Folder from My Busy Bots
SuperLily with the Kindness & Positivity Booklet and Fun Folder from My Busy Bots

Learning Resources UK

Anyone who follows us will know that we are huge fans of Learning Resources UK, and in particular, the Kidnoculars – child-friendly binoculars, that come on every adventure with us!

The Kidnoculars come on every adventure with us
The Kidnoculars come on every adventure with us

We’ve recently bought some Bugnoculars too – a great way for kids to investigate nature, bugs, flowers, leaves and more in a fun and easy way.

What’s more, their blog has some fantastic ideas on how to enjoy the outdoors with the family, including tips, activity sheets, downloads, resources and more!

The Bugnoculars from Learning Resources are a great way to explore nature
The Bugnoculars from Learning Resources are a great way to explore nature

Find out more about all the outdoor ideas from Learning Resources UK here and their free outdoor activity sheets here.

Elderflower Fields at Home

Elderflower Fields is a beautiful, family-friendly festival, packed full of music, sports, nature and the arts, all set in the heart of the Sussex countryside.

Despite Covid meaning the 2021 Midlands side of the festival has to wait until 2022, we are so excited for the team that they can still run the 2021 South festival – you can find out more about it here.

Celebrating Elderflower Fields at home in 2020
Celebrating Elderflower Fields at home in 2020

The reason I’m including them on here is because of their fantastic links to online educational talks and resources with topics of nature and exploring the outdoors with children, both on their Facebook page and Twitter feed.

Through them I have found so many fantastic ideas, virtual events and inspiration, so I really do recommend following their social media pages.

However, last spring, we also got involved with their Elderflower Fields at Home events, with great activities and ideas to celebrate the festival at home as well as ways to get outdoors and explore nature with the family. Find out more here.

Woodland Trust

During Lockdown 1, we fell in love with all the resources from the Woodland Trust, with plenty of free downloadable nature activities for kids to do at home.

Lily doing some leaf identification and rubbing thanks to the Woodland Trust
Lily doing some leaf identification, crafts and rubbing thanks to the Woodland Trust

There are so many ideas on their website, including identifying animal tracks and spring ideas, to nature crafts, all which are safe to do during lockdown.

For all the Woodland Trust nature activities and ideas at home, click here to find out more.

Pawprint Family

We’ve recently come across the Pawprint Family challenges and think they’re brilliant! The Pawprint Family believe in #AdventureForAll, and have so many fantastic resources and ideas on their website to help parents, teachers and more to provide children with everyday adventures and skills for life.

What’s more, you can buy affordable challenge badges if you would like a collectible reward for the challenges, with prices around just £1.50/£2!

Our collection from the Pawprint family - we can't wait to start on the Easter and Wildlife Trust challenges
Our collection from the Pawprint family – we can’t wait to start on the Easter and Wildlife Trust challenges

You can also find exciting Treasure Hunt Trails with accompanying stories on their website too, for many regions.

However, we’re all about their themed challenges, which are free to download, with accompanying badges if you wish!

This spring, we recommend the Gardening Challenge, Spring Challenge and Easter Challenges, but there are plenty on there to entertain all age groups and interests too!

The garden bird spotter nature books from Spotty Dawdlers and the Bugnoculars from Learning Resources  are always in our backpacks!
The garden bird spotter nature books from Spotty Dawdlers and the Bugnoculars from Learning Resources are always in our backpacks!

Looking for further inspiration to keep the kids busy at home during lockdown?

Check out our blog post on ways to make lockdown walks more interesting with the family

Check out our downloadable guide for activities, indoors and outdoors.

Find out more about Kidnoculars and a simple craft activity here.

Check out our review of Learning Resources UK' Kidnoculars
Check out our review of Learning Resources UK’ Kidnoculars

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