In November, we asked if the UK's children need to reconnect with the natural world. If you'd like to spark your child's interest in wildlife and the great outdoors, Christmas is the ideal time to do it.
Whether it's buying them some nature-themed gifts or embarking on an outdoor activity, the festive season provides a perfect opportunity to foster kids' interest in all things wild.
When it comes to gift ideas, something as simple as a book or toy animal could be enough to spark a young child's interest in the natural world. Other ideas include board games, colouring books or animal-based films and TV shows - there are no shortage of options.
Perhaps you'd like to encourage your children to get a little more hands-on with the natural world. There are plenty of options here too. Rather than buying a ready-made nest box, why not lead your kids to build one themselves? The Nell Nest Box Building Kit is specifically designed to be put together by children, with a small amount of adult supervision, and the plain design means they can decorate it in a unique style.
If creepy crawlies are of more interest to your kids, there are plenty of gifts that can help them observe the mini-beasts that live in your garden. Take the Super Bug Viewer for instance, which provides a chance to get up close and personal with six and eight-legged friends.
After providing them with some nature-themed gifts, why not spark your children's interest in nature further by taking them on some outdoor excursions? December and January may not seem the best time of year to do this, but, as long as you wrap up against the cold, there's still plenty you can do.
Trying to observe animals in the wild can actually be slightly easier in winter as the lack of leaves on the trees makes birds and mammals easier to spot. So, why not head to your local park or nearest woodland and see how many different species you can identify? You could even make it a competition with whoever spots an animal first winning a prize.
If you live in an urban area, there are still opportunities for interacting with wildlife. Head to a park, river or canal to feed the local ducks, geese and swans or stay at home and observe the birds that visit the feeders in your garden.
Whatever you decide, making an effort to get your kids interested in nature can be extremely worthwhile. After all, it's been proven that having a connection to the natural world is beneficial for both physical and mental wellbeing.
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