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Nature activities for kids if you’re self isolating at home

We’re all going to be spending a lot more time at home in the coming weeks and months due to the coronavirus crisis. With schools now closed, we know many families are looking for ideas to keep children entertained. To help, we’ve pulled together some simple, nature-based activities you can enjoy together at home or in your garden. 1. Go on a mini beast hunt Look for nectar, ladybirds, snails and butterflies! 2. Make a loo roll bird feeder Visit www.woodlandtrust.org to find out how... 3. Go on a scavenger hunt Look out for different colours or textures in nature. For older children, challenge them to hunt for seasonal signs such as spring blossom or new leaves... 4. Make natural art Collect fallen leaves, petals and sticks and use them to make a picture or sculpture!

5. go on a butterfly hunt.

How to attract butterflies to your garden:

The UK has 59 different types of butterfly. But sadly populations have declined recently due to loss of their habitat, pollution and changing weather patterns. So we’ve put together some top tips for giving them a helping hand by making your garden a haven for butterflies. Butterfly-friendly plants. Butterflies flock to flowers like bluebell, lavender, red campion, cornflower, primrose, bird’s-foot-trefoil and clover! Fruit trees The juice from ripe fruit provides valuable energy for butterflies and there are a few trees that would attract them to your garden including apple, crab, pear & cherry, wild. Make a butterfly feeder Add a quarter cup of sugar to two cups of water and heat in a saucepan until the sugar has dissolved. Leave it to cool for at least 30 minutes. Soak a brightly-coloured cloth in the sugary water and place it near to some flowers.

Our parent company Inkling Ltd are proud supporters of the Woodland Trust and we credit the source of this article to the Woodland trust marketing materials

Happy exploring