We know that children and young people have been particularly affected by the current situation. Not only is the normal routine of going to school and being with friends on pause at the moment but lots of the fun stuff like a walk to the local park and playing in the playground is also not possible. So as part of our Bringing Parks to You initiative we've put together a selection of park-related activities, to help children think about their favourite park, and to help parents with some home-schooling resources!
Here's three ways for the kids to get creative this spring, both inside with pen and paper and outside with a little help from nature!
Once your kids have designed their dream park we'd love to see what they came up with! Send their designs through to us via email or tweet using #LoveYourLocalPark, including their first name, age and home town. We'll share the best ones on our own social media and every submission will also receive a certificate!
Fun can be educational too sometimes! Here's some park-related challenges to get the kids thinking and learning!
Have some fun and see what the kids can spy from the window or out in the garden with our nature spotting cards!
We know that parks and green spaces help us all stay physically fit and mentally well. We must all change how we enjoy these spaces right now though, and whilst our access is more limited Fields in Trust are Bringing Parks to You with a virtual tour of the UK, discovering beautiful parks and green spaces which are much loved and valued by their communities along the way.
A recent report from the National Trust [opens PDF] found that noticing nature and can have a beneficial effect on a child's sense of wellbeing. Play and creativity can be a way for children to make sense of the changed world around them; The International Play Association has published some helpful advice for parents.
We know it's not as good as playing on the swings in a sunny park, but until we can all go out and meet our friends again, we hope these resources have given you and your youngsters the chance to have fun, remember what you all enjoy about your local park and get creative designing the park of their dreams!
At this difficult time your support makes even more difference to our endeavours championing, supporting and protecting the UK's parks and green spaces for good. These are challenging times for us all but, if your kids have enjoyed the activities on this page and if you are able, please do consider making a donation towards our important work.
Fields in Trust is an independent charity with over 90 years’ experience protecting parks and green spaces. We work with landowners, community groups and policy makers to champion the value of our parks and green spaces to achieve better protection for their future at both local and national level.