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10 outdoor things to do this bank holiday weekend


Toddler and parent outdoor

With the bank holiday weekend just around the corner, it’s a great time to plan some amazing outdoor activities to enjoy with your little one!


Below we’ve listed some of the top spots for walks, fun nature activities and learning opportunities.


These are separated by location and followed by some fun activity guides and additional resources to help you make this bank holiday weekend amazing!


So let’s dive straight into 10 outdoor things to do this bank holiday weekend.

 

Surrey based places to visit


Bocketts Farm

Bocketts Farm

Leatherhead KT22 9BS

Click here for more information.



Chinthurst Hill

Chinthurst Hill

Guildford GU5 0PR

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Norbury Park

Norbury Park

Leatherhead, KT22 9DX

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Newlands Corner

Newlands Corner

Guildford, GU4 8SE

Click here for more information.


Or find one in your area! Click here for easy walks around Surrey.


South London based places to visit



Morden Park

Morden Park

Morden, SM4 5DX

Click here for more information.



Horniman Nature Trail

Horniman Nature Trail

London, SE23 3PQ

Click here for more information.



Green Chain Walk

Green Chain Walk

Divided into 11 sections across South/South East London

Click here for more information.



The Tamsin Trail

The Tamsin Trail

Richmond Park

Click here for more information.



Vauxhall City Farm

Vauxhall City Farm

165 Tyers Street, SE11 5HS

Click here for more information.



Deen City Farm

Deen City Farm

39 Windsor Ave, SW19 2RR

Click here for more information.


And here are some activities for you to try in the park or even your garden!

 

Digging For Worms


Digging For Worms

Earthworm digging is a great activity that will introduce your little one to the wonders of the ecosystem that thrives in soil.

 

It's a fun and educational experience that fosters curiosity, environmental awareness, and a sense of adventure.

 

Tools

  • Small spades or trowels

  • Buckets or containers for worm collection

  • Magnifying glass for observation

  • Book about worms or identification chart

 

Method

  • Choose a safe outdoor area like a garden bed or grassy field and gather your materials.

  • Optionally use the book or identification chart to spark your little one's interest.

  • Show your little one how to gently dig into the soil, encourage lifting small sections of soil to look for worms. Remind them to be gentle with the worms to avoid harming them.

  • Once you’ve found some worms place them in the bucket or container.

  • Use the magnifying glass to observe them up close. Chat with your little one about how they move, their shape and their importance to the ecosystem.

  • Carefully place the worms back in the soil once you’ve observed them.

  • If they show an interest continue the activity at home with more books or crafts - click here for inspiration.


Leaf Colour Matching

 

Leaf Colour Matching

We love this activity! It’s a perfect way to connect your little one with the vibrant palette of nature.

 

By collecting and sorting leaves of different colours, children develop their observational skills and gain an appreciation for the diversity in the natural world.

 

It also offers a great opportunity to introduce concepts around seasons and ecosystems.

 

Tools

  • Containers for collecting leaves

  • Colour chart

  • Leaf identification guide or book about trees

 

Method

  • Choose a safe outdoor area with a variety of trees and plants.

  • Gather all your tools and begin by chatting about the different colours of leaves and why they change with the seasons.

  • Encourage your little one to explore the area and collect leaves. Remind them to be respectful of nature and avoid tearing leaves off trees – instead try to collect ones that have fallen. If you’re struggling to find fallen leaves, simply match them with your colour chart without collecting them!

  • Chat about the different colours and discuss the role of leaves in the life of the tree and their importance in the ecosystem.

 

Pinecone Bird Feeder


Pinecone Bird Feeder

Creating pinecone bird feeders is a fun and educational activity that can help your child connect with nature and learn about wildlife.

 

By making bird feeders, children can observe birds up close and understand the importance of providing food for animals.


It also offers a great opportunity to discuss the local ecosystem and the changing seasons.

 

Tools

  • Pinecones

  • Peanut butter or alternative (sunflower seed butter is a good alternative for allergies)

  • Birdseed

  • String

  • Spoons

  • Scissors

  • Tray or paper plate to contain mess

 

Method

  • Begin with a discussion about birds and their dietary needs – especially in wintertime.

  • Give your little one a pinecone and the string. Help them cut off a bit of string and tie this around the top of the pinecone, creating a loop for hanging.

  • Have your little one spoon the peanut butter all over the pinecone – covering thoroughly.

  • Have your little one roll the pinecone in birdseed, ensuring it covers it fully.

  • Hang your pinecone from a tree branch or hook.

  • Encourage your child to observe the feeders over the next few days, chatting about the type of wildlife you see enjoying it!

 

Remember to always take any rubbish with you and be mindful of local wildlife!

 

Looking for more inspiration? Check out these additional resources






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