We know that children and young people have been particularly affected by the current situation. Not only has the normal routine of going to school and being with friends been disrupted but for many lots of the fun stuff like playing out has also been affected. So we've put together a selection of park-related activities, to help children think about their favourite park, and when needed to help parents with some home-schooling resources.

 

Nature spotting

Have some fun and see what the kids can spy from the window or out in the garden with our nature spotting cards!

Bug hunt card

Tree spotting guide

Bird watch card

 

Let's get creative

Here's three ways for the kids to get creative, both inside with pen and paper and outside with a little help from nature!

Design your dream park

Making faces

Painting stone animals

 

Once your kids have designed their dream park we'd love to see what they came up with! Tweet their designs using #LoveYourLocalPark and we'll re-share the best ones on the Fields in Trust account.

 

Brain power time

Fun can be educational too sometimes! Here's some park-related challenges to get the kids thinking and learning!

Parks quiz

Colouring sheet

Wordsearch

 

Support for parents

Green spaces are good and they do good. Proven to help us all stay physically fit and mentally well, they have been a vital resource during the coronavirus pandemic and will continue to be an important part of our recovery.

A 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 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!

 

Whilst you're here...

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.

Donate to support our work

 

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About Fields in Trust

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.

 


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