Nature Games for Kids

Ah, the great outdoors, where you really feel at one with nature. 

If you enjoy going outdoors because you love nature, you will want to take the opportunity to connect with nature as much as possible. Fortunately, there are plenty of activities you can do with a child that will make both of you appreciate the joys of nature. Here are a few that are recommended.

  • I have participated in these activities with my child. 
  • These activities were a lot of fun.
  • We learned a lot about nature when engaging in these activities. 

Table of Contents

  1. Making a Nature Bracelet
  2. Scavenger Hunt
  3. Camouflage
  4. Flower Face
  5. Fire Tender
  6. Tree Tag
  7. Swamp
  8. Sound Mates
  9. Nature Symphony 
  10. Compass Challenge
  11. Find a Tree
  12. Painting Rocks
  13. Outdoor Bingo
  14. Create Nature Art

1. Making a Nature Bracelet

For this nature activity, all you will need is some masking tape. Roll it around your child’s wrist sticky side up. Then let your child gather whatever objects they find. Leaves, flowers and grass are all great items!

Your child sticks the items to the bracelet to make a piece of jewelry they can wear all day.

2. Scavenger Hunt

A scavenger hunt is a great way to connect with nature. 

Start by making a list of things your child needs to find. Of course, in this case, you will want to include items that can be found in nature such as insects, trees, flowers and the like. 

Once your child finds them, cross them off the list. If they are smaller items, you can collect them as well.

If your child is too young to read, you can draw the items instead of writing them. This will boost his or her image identification skills. 

A scavenger hunt can be played with one person, two people or larger groups can divide up to try and find the items—the group who finds the items fastest wins. 

3. Camouflage

This one is a great camping game. It is played just like tag, but it requires a wooded area and all the players (except possibly ‘It’) will be dressed in camouflage. This will make it tricky for the players to be found. 

It must go out and find the hidden players—the last man standing wins. 

4. Flower Face

This nature game one requires a lot of players, but it’s quite fun and educational. 

It is up to eight players to hide. They must choose locations that are close to wildflowers. 

The remaining players split into groups. Each group must find the hidden player and identify the wildflower near that player.

Players must return within 30 minutes. The team that is able to find the hidden players and correctly guess the kind of wildflower nearby wins. 

5. Fire Tender

For this nature game, one child sits in an area of the outdoors blindfolded with lots of sticks around him. The other children come up to the child and attempt to steal a stick as quietly as possible. 

If the blindfolded child hears the child that’s trying to steal a stick, he points in that direction. That child is then out. The game continues until there is one child left standing or until all the sticks are gone. 

6. Tree Tag 

This nature game requires players to be divided into three or four groups. One player is It.

Each group is named for a tree, and each player in the group must stand by a tree that their team is named for. 

‘It’ calls out the names of one of the trees. When he does so, the players in that group are required to switch with each other, so they end up at one another’s trees. In doing so, It has the opportunity to try and steal one of the trees by getting to it before another player does.

If a player ends up losing his tree, he must take a turn being It. 

7. Swamp

Swamp starts out with the players picking five words. Each word must relate to something in nature, and it must also start with one of the letters in the word Swamp. For example:

  • S = Stars
  • W=Weather
  • A= Animals
  • M = Moths
  • P = Plants

Once these words are established, teams are given five minutes to come up with words that relate to each word. They are given five minutes for the word Stars, five minutes for the word Weather and so on.

The team to come up with the most words wins. 

8. Sound Mates

This nature game involves two players. The players come up with an animal like sounds they can both make. Then they put on a blindfold and see if they are able to find each other by tracing the sounds they are making. 

9. Nature Symphony

Did you know that you don’t need actual instruments to create beautiful music? Instead of getting instruments, you can just use things you find in nature. 

In order to make your symphony, the people in your group will need to spread out and find objects they can make a noise with. Rocks banged with sticks and sticks banged against each other can make great percussion instruments. And did you know that a blade of grass can make a lovely flute-like sound?

After everyone in your group finds their objects, have them gather together to create a beautiful symphony. 

10. Compass Challenge

This nature activity is a great way to get your group to learn how to read a compass.

Start by using a compass to identify where north is. Players must then figure out objects that are directly south, east and west from that point. 

The leader calls out each direction, and when he does, the players must run to the appropriate object. 

Once they have that down, make things more challenging by adding northwest, southeast and so on.

11. Find a Tree

For this nature game, players divide into teams of two. One teammate is blindfolded, and one is not. 

The player that is not blindfolded leads his teammate to a tree. The blindfolded player uses his hands to find as many identifying details of the tree as he can. 

The players then walk back to home base. 

It is then up to the player who was blindfolded to find the tree again. 

12. Painting Rocks

Have your group find interesting rocks. Put them on a table with paints, markers and other materials they can use to color the rocks. Then observe everyone’s creations. 

13. Outdoor Bingo

This nature game is played just like Bingo except instead of putting numbers on the card, there are pictures of plants, animals and other things found in nature. 

Each child walks around with their cards and marks off the things they find as they see it. The child to get all their images marked off in one row, column, or vertical line wins. 

14. Create Nature Art

For this nature activity, parents or guardians will need to hang a piece of contact paper to an outside wall. A garage door works perfectly. 

The contact paper can be hung with masking tape or any other kind of tape and should be hung sticky side out. 

Children find items from nature like flowers, leaves, sticks and so on, and stick them to the contact paper. When they are done, they will have a lovely piece of art. Take a picture to preserve it forever.

If you are looking to teach your child about nature, these are all activities that are sure to do the trick. And who knows? You may just learn something yourself while you are at it!

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