Looking for inspiration for kids activities whilst staying at home during the coronavirus pandemic? Here are some great nature-themed projects for them to get stuck into.
Keep this page bookmarked as we’ll keep adding more ideas.
Also check out our guide to enjoying nature and staying positive during the coronavirus pandemic.
Lucy McRobert, a wildlife storyteller and the author of 365 Days Wild, has launched a youth nature writing competition to encourage children and y0ung adults to connect with nature during the coronavirus pandemic.
BBC Wildlife is partnering with the competition, with our editor Paul McGuinness joining the judging panel. In addition, we will be publishing the winning entries in the magazine and provide a year’s subscription to the magazine for the winning entry in the 13-17 age category.
Mother and son writing. © Roy Mehta/Getty
Activities for the garden
Watching your garden wildlife is not only enjoyable; recording your observations will contribute to important national data.
Tadpoles. © Pauline Lewis/Getty
Help the birds in your garden stay full with this fruity feeder.
Encourage hungry birds into your garden with this simple feeding station.
A simple project to help your garden birds keep properly watered
Fresh water is essential for birds, and a bird bath is a simple way to provide it.
A pooter enables you to observe tiny insects without touching them and is an essential tool for any young wildlife enthusiast.
Feed your local Lepidoptera and keep the kids busy with this simple activity.
Set up a pitfall trap to carry out a small-scale survey of the insects in your garden.
A simple project to provide a hiding place and basking spot for lizards.
Use a footprint trap to find out which mammals visit your garden during the night.
There are few joys as simple and exhilarating as flying a brightly coloured kite in the breeze. For great family fun, build your own kite with this easy step-by-step guide.
Kite illustration. © Liam O’Farrell
Capture the beauty of leaves in clay and display them in a pretty and practical way around your home, giving your coffee table a natural uplift.
Coasters. © Enya Todd
One of the best ways to appreciate the splendour of a feather is by drawing it – follow these simple steps.
Drawing feathers. © Emma Mitchell
Look out for driftwood and sea glass on your next beach trip to create this natural hanging decoration.
Driftwood and seaglass mobile.
These simple garden projects are a great way to get the kids outside, entertained and away from the TV or computer screen. Little ones will need a bit of extra help and guidance, while the more grown up can be given planning and decision-making responsibilities, and the use of tools such as hand drills and shears.
Girl playing with fairy toys garden. © Getty
Our sister magazine, BBC Good Food, has loads of recipes for delicious food. Here are some inspired by wildlife:
Discover beautiful wildlife-inspired cakes created by BBC Wildlife readers.
Learn how to identify wildlife
Our wildlife ID guides will help you identify a range of wildlife – both in the garden and further afield. Here are some garden species to look out for:
As spring gets underway, look out for butterflies flying on warm days. This guide will explain which species you are likely to see.
Small tortoiseshell butterfly. © Megan Shersby
12 common British caterpillars for you to look for, with typical food plants listed to help you identify them.
Large white caterpillar. © Felicity Rose Cole
Have you seen a frog or a toad? Pat Morris explains how you can tell them apart.
Common frog. © Mike Lane/Getty
12 species for you to look for on your next pond-dipping adventure.
Pond skater. © Felicity Rose Cole
Read our recent reviews of books for younger readers.
365 Days Wild, by Lucy McRobert
The Bumper Book of Nature, by Stephen Moss
RSPB: Born To Be Wild, by Hattie Garlick
National Trust: Go Wild In The Woods, by
The Stick Book: Loads of things you can make or do with a stick, by
101 Things For Kids To Do Outside, by Dawn Isaac
More online resources