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5 Great Activities For Kids During Lockdown

November 11 - Michael Treeves

Times are tough. We’re in lockdown again and sometimes it can be a struggle to entertain the kids, but fear not! We’ve got some great ideas for you!

A squirrel on a patch littered with autumn leaves

1. Make A Leaf Rainbow

Rainbows have been a prominent symbol of hope during these tough times. You’d be hard pushed to go for a walk and not see at least a few in your neighbours windows. Why not have a go at making a rainbow with the falling Autumn leaves?
When you have your rainbow, stick it onto paper and put that up in your window, or just take a photo to cheer up family and friends.
What a way to show off what incredible looking Autumns we have in the UK?!
This leafy idea came from woodlandtrust.org.uk and you'll find loads more by following the link!

A rainbow made out of leaves and stuck on card
"In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous." - Aristotle

2. Book A Virtual Animal Encounter

Are you an animal lover? Or perhaps someone aspiring to work with exotic animals one day?
Exotic Explorers are offering Virtual Encounters with some of their 70+ species, including Owls, Hawks, Snakes, Skunks, Lizards and Tarantulas to name a few.
These encounters are a perfect opportunity to learn about your chosen animals, in addition to watching them feed and witnessing their animal training techniques.
The experienced keepers will stream live from Exotic Explorers HQ and will answer any questions you may have about the animals, what it’s like to be a zoo keeper and anything other questions you can think of!
Prices for this service start from just £30, and with a participant limit of 100, you can invite plenty of friends and family to the call!
Virtual Encounters - More Information Here!

Grandparents and a baby taking part in a virtual encounter with Exotic Explorers
"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." - Albert Einstein

3. Discover What Wildlife Is Visiting Your Garden

Is there a lot of wildlife around your area? There may be more than you think!
Chester Zoo have created a footprint identification sheet to help you work out who might have visited your garden or any other green space.
Download the identification sheet here.
For smaller animals, this can be combined with their guide to “how to build a footprint tunnel” with just a few simple materials.
When complete, just leave out in your green space and have a look the next morning to see what animals have been through!

Wildlife footprints identification sheet
"In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they're still beautiful." - Alice Walker

4. Nature Colour Wheel

An amazing activity to really help you appreciate the colour around us.
Download and print the template below (thick a4 paper or glue your printed paper onto some recycled cardboard), grab some clothes pegs and get out there to find one natural thing of each colour.
This idea came from mothernatured.com. Check out the website for even more great ideas.

A paper wheel made of many colours with some objects attached with pegs
"For most of history, man has had to fight nature to survive; in this century he is beginning to realize that, in order to survive, he must protect it." - Jacques-Yves Cousteau

5. Nature Scavenger Hunt

Another great activity to get you and the kids outdoors this lockdown is a Nature Scavenger Hunt.
We absolutely love this Autumn-themed list from lauraleanne.com.
Why not add a bit of competition to it and see how many items they can find within a set time? Or with multiple kids you could even have a scavenger hunt race!
So what are you waiting for? Go venture out to your local nature reserve or forest and get hunting!
Download the template here!

A nature scavenger hunt worksheet

We hope you've discovered some new ideas to try. We'd love to see some photos of your creations so make sure you connect with us on Facebook @explorersmobilezoo

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