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Friday, 1 July 2016

Nature Bingo, Withybush Woods


Nature Bingo, Woodland walk, things to do, Kids, free, family fun

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.  


Nature Bingo, Woodland walk, things to do, Kids, free, family fun

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.

Nature Bingo, Woodland walk, things to do, Kids, free, family fun

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.


Nature Bingo, Woodland walk, things to do, Kids, free, family fun

Rebecca spotted her "Pigeon" first and crossed it off.

Nature Bingo, Woodland walk, things to do, Kids, free, family fun

We found most of our slugs and pennysows (woodlice) under logs and stones.

Nature Bingo, Woodland walk, things to do, Kids, free, family fun

The kids loved going off exploring looking for the wildlife on their card and extra bonus ones too!

Nature Bingo, Woodland walk, things to do, Kids, free, family fun

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. 

Nature Bingo, Woodland walk, things to do, Kids, free, family fun

Then off we went again, further into the woods to find more.

Nature Bingo, Woodland walk, things to do, Kids, free, family fun

Nature Bingo, Woodland walk, things to do, Kids, free, family fun

Bonus bugs and animals can be drawn or wrote on the back of the bingo card if you wish.   
Nature Bingo, Woodland walk, things to do, Kids, free, family fun


We looked for signs of living creatures- half eaten leaves, holes in the ground, animal droppings etc.

Nature Bingo, Woodland walk, things to do, Kids, free, family fun

We crossed pond skaters off our card and fish once we got to the larger pond.

Nature Bingo, Woodland walk, things to do, Kids, free, family fun

A flower and fauna bingo card would be fun too.  After completing a bingo card template kids are often inspired to make their own.

Nature Bingo, Woodland walk, things to do, Kids, free, family fun

Slowly but surely more creatures were crossed off.

Nature Bingo, Woodland walk, things to do, Kids, free, family fun


Nature Bingo, Woodland walk, things to do, Kids, free, family fun

Nature Bingo, Woodland walk, things to do, Kids, free, family fun

Nature Bingo, Woodland walk, things to do, Kids, free, family fun

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.

Nature Bingo, Woodland walk, things to do, Kids, free, family fun

Nature Bingo, Woodland walk, things to do, Kids, free, family fun

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). 


Nature Bingo, Woodland walk, things to do, Kids, free, family fun

Nature Bingo, Woodland walk, things to do, Kids, free, family fun

Nature Bingo, Woodland walk, things to do, Kids, free, family fun

Nature Bingo, Woodland walk, things to do, Kids, free, family fun

Nature Bingo, Woodland walk, things to do, Kids, free, family fun

Nature Bingo, Woodland walk, things to do, Kids, free, family fun

Nature Bingo, Woodland walk, things to do, Kids, free, family fun

The high sun shining through the tall trees gave such a pretty light, truly magical.

Nature Bingo, Woodland walk, things to do, Kids, free, family fun

On the other side of the pond we saw a paddling of ducks. 

Nature Bingo, Woodland walk, things to do, Kids, free, family fun

My monkeys enjoyed climbing on the fallen tree.  Danny made a mask out of a leaf.

Nature Bingo, Woodland walk, things to do, Kids, free, family fun

Nature Bingo, Woodland walk, things to do, Kids, free, family fun

I admired the pretty reflections and ripples.
Nature Bingo, Woodland walk, things to do, Kids, free, family fun

Nature Bingo, Woodland walk, things to do, Kids, free, family fun

Rebecca became a Warrior Queen (the fun you can have with leaves!). 


Nature Bingo, Woodland walk, things to do, Kids, free, family fun

Nature Bingo, Woodland walk, things to do, Kids, free, family fun

Nature Bingo, Woodland walk, things to do, Kids, free, family fun

They stopped by the bridge for a quick game of pooh sticks.

Nature Bingo, Woodland walk, things to do, Kids, free, family fun

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?

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