Earth Day Nature Walk Ideas for Kids

Earth Day is on April 22nd, so what better time to get outdoors?  Earth Day activities don’t need to be complicated.  In fact, sometimes it is the simplest of activities that can be the most meaningful to little ones.  Going on a nature walk is simple, full of fun and learning, and a great way to spend time outdoors as a family.  And we have got LOTS of nature walk ideas for kids.

Nature walk ideas for kids

Sometimes we plan a specific activity for a nature walk, but more often then not, we simply go for a walk and activities and learning find us!  When we do plan activities, we keep them simple and open-ended.  The best tip I have for nature walking with kids is to allow lots of time.  Lots of time to explore and discover.

Nature Walk Ideas for Kids

1.  Leaf Sewing.  This fun nature walk idea is very versatile.  Perhaps you could use this idea to pick up garbage on an Earth Day nature walk?!

nature walk ideas for kids how we learn

2. A Playdough Nature Walk. Bring some playdough along for some added learning about imprints and textures.

How We Learn: nature walk with kids and playdough

3. Exploring the 5 Senses.  This was a fun nature walk series where we explored nature walk ideas for kids using all 5 of the senses!  We even did some tasting – that was a great experience for everyone!

4. Develop Language.  There are so many opportunities for language development when outside on a nature walk.  Here is one of our most popular posts – 5 ways to Naturally Language Development Activities for Toddlers.

5 Natural Language Development Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

5. Winter Nature Walk.  Still have snow?  So do we … but there is still lots of fun to be had on a winter nature walk!  Here is a whole post on winter nature walk ideas for kids.

6. Learn about Moss (or anything!).  A neat nature walk idea for kids is to focus on one single thing.  It is interesting to look at something in such detail!

7. ‘Just’ a Nature Walk.  As I mentioned at the beginning of the post, most often we go out and simply explore and discover without a plan.  I kept track of one of these walks – you are most welcome to read what we did!

how we learn nature walk ideas for kids

So this Earth Day, in the spirit of keeping things simple and meaningful for my little ones, we will be outside.  Exploring, discovering, and appreciating our natural world.  After all, children must gain an understanding and appreciation for the environment if they are ever going to fight to protect it.

Looking for other Earth Day activities?  Here are some ideas from some of my blogging buddies:

Ann at My Nearest and Dearest: Picking up Litter for Earth Day

Linda at Rain or Shine Mama: Recycling for Kids

Kimberly at Natural Beach Living: Earth Day Activities for Everyone

Melissa at Fireflies and Mudpies: Backyard Chores

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Comments
  1. Linda

    Lots of great ideas here, Sarah! Like you, we usually just head out the door with no particular purpose in mind, but sometimes it’s fun to focus on an activity as well!
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  2. Melissa

    Great ideas to make nature hikes educational and enjoyable!
    Melissa recently posted…Backyard Chores for KidsMy Profile

    • Sarah

      Thank you Melissa! And thanks for joining in with your Earth Day post on Backyard chores!

  3. Mae

    Lots of good ideas. Nature walks and hiking are our favorite. Always looking ways to make them more fun for the kids.
    Mae recently posted…Earth Day is Your Day. So Make a Difference!My Profile

    • Sarah

      Thank you Mae – and thanks for joining in on the Earth Day Activities!

  4. Ashley

    Love all of these ideas! I don’t think I would have ever considered using playdough for a nature walk!
    Ashley recently posted…Simple Water Displacement ExperiementMy Profile

  5. Sarah @ LeftBrainBuddha

    So many great ideas! Thanks for sharing. We like going on “noticing walks” where we try to pay close attention and see how many beautiful or new things we can notice – so fun, and the kids love it!
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