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8th January 2021

Our family-friendly resources are perfect for keeping children of all ages and all key stages engaged during lockdown

As we enter another lockdown and another period of home learning, it’s important for everyone to stay active and engaged. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and learn more about nature!

We’ve created 49 resources to keep little (and not so little) learners busy. These family-friendly resources have been developed for different key stages and cover a range of activities from arts and crafts projects to wildlife identification. Included in these resources are lesson plans suitable for schools which can be adjusted for independent learning.

Find a fun activity for your family by reading our guide below…


Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

This stage covers children up to 5 years old and primarily delivers developmental goals through play.

Our 5 senses trail will support physical, social and emotional development and communication skills. Children are encouraged to focus on each of their five senses to help discover the world around them and then think about and discuss what they learned.

Key Stage One (KS1)

This stage covers children between the ages of 5 and 7. Children at this level study separate subjects and our resources supplement learning in English, science and art and design, as well as supporting the development of physical, cognitive and communication skills.

Looking for a new arts and crafts project? Why not create a stained glass window out of leaves, or if you want to give something back to nature, check out our pinecone playtime guide.

If you have the opportunity to get out into your garden or local greenspace, keep an eye out for different natural materials so you can make your own teddy bear teepee and twig rafts. Make sure you take one of our spotter sheets so you can identify any birds or butterflies you see!

Key Stage Two (KS2)

This stage covers children between the ages of 7 and 11. As with KS1, children study separate subjects and our resources supplement learning in art and design, English, maths, geography and science. Furthermore, resources support the development of skills such as observation, collaborative thinking and presentation skills.

Engage learners’ scientific skills by discovering different tree species using our tree detectives resource and learn how these trees form a habitat for animals with their own adaptations.

For more creative based learning, try making carton bird feeders, natural musical instruments or your own woodland story frame.

Key Stage Three (KS3) onwards

This includes children aged 11 onwards where children study individual subjects, gaining a deeper understanding of each. Our resources supplement learning in art, design and technology, English, maths, geography and science, as well as facilitating the development of practical, communication and scientific thinking skills.  

As part of a long-term project, students can go out and identify and collect their own seeds using our seed spotter sheet then sow them to grow their own trees. They can also use their creative and practical skills to build bat and bird boxes or a bug hotel then use our spotter sheets to identify the animals that use them.

Challenge learners by testing their tree bud identification skills and learn about the carbon cycle as well as how to estimate the age of a tree with our trees through time resource 

We’d love to hear from you so let us know let us know which activities you do and show us your creations! Tweet us at @cityoftreesmcr or tag us on Instagram at @cityoftreesmcr