Now that so many of us are staying inside in order to stay safe and well, I thought I would offer up some ideas of activities from my almanac for children, Nature Month-by-Month, to help you pass the time indoors.

You can still enjoy what nature has to offer, even if you can’t get out to the park or go for long walks. If you have a bird table, make sure you put out lots of scraps such as seeds, nuts, stale bread crumbs, and then sit quietly and watch through the window for the birds to come. Birds are getting ready to build nests and breed right now, so they are filling up on food at the moment to give them extra energy. You’ll soon have lots of visitors!

If you don’t have a bird table yet, maybe now is the time to make one. That can be a fun activity in itself. Make sure you ask an adult to help you. There are lots of instructions online, such as this link here from the RSPB: https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/advice/how-you-can-help-birds/feeding-birds/all-about-bird-tables/making-a-bird-table/

Or you could simply make a bird feeder like the fat cakes in the picture below and then find a branch near a window where you can hang the feeder so that you’ll be able to see the birds from inside.

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See how many different types you can spot. Maybe use some binoculars if you have them, so that you can get a closer look. Or take some photos. Just this morning I saw great tits, blue tits, long-tailed tits, chaffinches and even a lesser spotted woodpecker on my bird table – all from the comfort of my kitchen. Keep a nature diary of all the birds you see. Why not have a go at drawing them too? You could even start a bird-spotting blog to share your finds with other bird enthusiasts.

Whatever you do during this difficult time, stay safe and keep well.

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Nature Month-by-Month – a children’s almanac by Anna Wilson, illustrated by Elly Jahnz is published by Nosy Crow and The National Trust and is available to order online.

Your independent bookshop can take orders over the phone and post books out to you, too. Give them a call!