Wednesday was a cold, wet day. All morning I looked forward to picking the kids up from school, getting cosy and watching a film together. However, that afternoon, the sun came out creating a warm, bright lovely evening. I'd already planned to make the most of any good weather this week so we changed our plans and instead went to Withybush Woods to enjoy the sunshine.
We decided that we would play "Nature Bingo" in the woods. I printed our Bingo cards from Haven's "11 Things to do Without a Football" PDF Guide. When we got to the woods I gave a card out to all of the kids and they set off to find as many of the bugs and animals as they could.
The aim of the game is to shout "Bingo" when you've completed your card. If you don't manage to find all of the animals on one walk, you can always complete it on a different walk with different habitats.
Rebecca spotted her "Pigeon" first and crossed it off.
We found most of our slugs and pennysows (woodlice) under logs and stones.
The kids loved going off exploring looking for the wildlife on their card and extra bonus ones too!
We found a sign that told us what animals live in these woods. The kids were relieved to see most of the animals they "needed" on it.
Then off we went again, further into the woods to find more.
Bonus bugs and animals can be drawn or wrote on the back of the bingo card if you wish.
We looked for signs of living creatures- half eaten leaves, holes in the ground, animal droppings etc.
We crossed pond skaters off our card and fish once we got to the larger pond.
A flower and fauna bingo card would be fun too. After completing a bingo card template kids are often inspired to make their own.
Slowly but surely more creatures were crossed off.
We also found swans and cygnets on our walk. When we came in February there were older cygnets so it must be a different herd.
Once out of the water, the cob was protective of his young while they dried off. The cygnets however wanted to come up and see us but of course the cob wasn't having that and my two youngest were a bit scared passing him as he tried to scare them off (successfully it seems).
The high sun shining through the tall trees gave such a pretty light, truly magical.
On the other side of the pond we saw a paddling of ducks.
My monkeys enjoyed climbing on the fallen tree. Danny made a mask out of a leaf.
I admired the pretty reflections and ripples.
Rebecca became a Warrior Queen (the fun you can have with leaves!).
They stopped by the bridge for a quick game of pooh sticks.
Then we found ourselves back to the beginning of this lovely circular walk (you can also off road for a longer walk but this was perfect for a school night).
It was a lovely refreshing way to spend a weekday evening, we're hoping to have even more sunny nights. With the Summer Holidays coming up we'll be able to do lots of the activities in the PDF below, they'll come in very handy to keep the kids amused. We will also extend the nature bingo by making it a photography challenge too for the older kids- can they take a photo of each animal they spot?
Have you played nature bingo before? How do you keep your kids amused when outdoors?