Looking for educational, inspiring and fun activities for your children? PECT has created a multitude of free resources to enhance your children’s understanding of the world around them and to enable them to discover more about the environment.
The charity’s new Nature’s School resources aim to bring families together to enjoy, appreciate and protect their time together. By doing so it can have a positive effect on physical and mental health and ultimately our natural environment as well.
“During this very difficult time it can sometimes be hard to know which way is up or down! Schools are closed, normal family routines have been disrupted and people are having to adjust to a new way of doing things,” explains PECT’s Environmental Education Lead Heidi Latronico-Ferris. “Here at PECT we are doing our bit to help children and their families try to make sense of it all.”
She continues: “Our local environment is sometimes an unexplored natural resource, often overlooked for its wealth of possibilities, and not always appreciated or looked after as it should be. Take this time to turn that around and discover natural wonders, learn from Nature’s School, and in return protect it for future generations.”
The resource activities include everything from Bird I Spy, creating a Bug Hotel, taking part in a Nature Scavenger Hunt, creating a time capsule, and many more.
With less cars on the road can you hear the sounds of the natural world? Take a minute to stop and listen, and you can even create your own instrument by making a grass trumpet or a wind chime. You don’t always need expensive craft equipment to create a piece of art – look at all the resources we have around us, use these to get creative, and have some fun.
Nature’s School is not just for families – schools, charities and other organisations can also benefit from this resource and use it to create new ways of delivering the curriculum and learning objectives.
PECT launched the resources at the end of March 2020 via Facebook and the original post has already received more than 25,000 views and nearly 100 shares. The charity will be providing further environmental education content for children and parents over the next few weeks. To access the resources, simply visit https://www.pect.org.uk/projects/natures-school/ or find PECT on Facebook.