Sometimes, for whatever reason, everyone gets stuck indoors. But imaginations still need feeding, arty hands need things to do and energy needs to be burned off. That’s why we’ve put together this collection of activity sheets. They’re great fun for all ages and are an opportunity to be creative and to learn.
And by helping to focus on the natural environment, the activity sheets are also a great way to bring nature’s calming and relaxing influence in to the living room.
We’ll change the activities regularly – so watch this space!
Fold and play this fun summer-themed chatterbox game!
These caterpillars are filling up on leaves before they turn into chrysalises. Can you count how many there are on each leaf?
Did you know summer is breeding time for roe deer? This is also known as ‘the rut’. Male deer, or bucks, fight each other using their antlers to try and win the attention of a female, (called a doe).
Can you finish off these wildflowers by drawing on their petals? Or you could use pieces of coloured paper to create a collage!
Follow the number guide and bring some colour to this playful blue tit.
Make your own bunch of cheerful paper daisies – or use your blooms to decorate cards and gifts!
Use the clues to fill in the grid and discover the hidden word...
Practice your symmetry drawing skills to complete the missing halves of these beautiful butterflies.
Wee Scots craiturs
How many Scots names do you know for woodland craiturs (creatures)? Use the word bank to help you fill in the spaces then colour in aw the braw wee beasties!
Colour in and cut out this brilliant owl mask and you too can twit-twoo!
Use real leaves to make paper prints to hang indoors.
Don't hang about
Are you batty about bats? Create your own version of these fascinating flying mammals.
This spider has lost it's web. Can you help find it by making a spinning device?
A pressing matter
Learn how to press leaves you’ve collected so you can use them in craft projects or add them to your Leaf Log.
The first letter of each line in an acrostic poem spells out the subject of the poem. Read our forest-themed acrostic poem and have a go at composing your own!
Can you help the bumblebee find its way through the maze to reach the flowers on the other side?
The forest is full of all sorts of wonderful bugs and beasties. Colour in the ones we have found in this activity sheet. Which is your favourite? Try and spot them all the next time you are out in the forest.
Our natural world is jam-packed full of colour. Can you decorate these beautiful beetles with lots of colourful patterns?
A forest is full of life. How many forest treasures can you see in our colour-in I-spy puzzle?
Test your knowledge of badgers with our fun quiz then see if you can find the badger-related words that are hidden in our wordsearch.
What trees live near you? Become a brilliant Leaf Logger and find out!
Help these hungry creatures find their favourite foods! Trace the dotted lines to lead them to their snacks and then colour in the pictures.
Do you know your 7-spot ladybird from your cream-spot? Learn about ladybirds, colouring in as you go.
Colour in the picture and see if you can spot all 10 of the ladybirds that are hiding amongst the wildflowers.
What-to-spot: The Garden Edition
Step outside and see how many of the items from our spotting list you can find.
Are your eyes as sharp as an owl’s? Find the woodland words that are hidden in the grid. They may overlap and can run in any direction – up, down, forwards, backwards or diagonally.
Mindful colouring exercises
The benefits of colouring in for young children have long been known. It helps improve concentration, hand-eye coordination and motor development, as well as helping them gain self-confidence by creating something of beauty. However, researchers are discovering an increasing number of benefits to adults too. Colouring exercises can help us switch off, reduce stress, and improve focus and creativity.
We hope the following downloadable colouring sheets will provide a moment of calm for young and old alike.
Acorns and oak leaves
Enjoy the intracacies of the oak tree's distinctive leaves and fruits.
From lush spring greens to autumnal oranges and reds, nothing showcases a woodland colour palette like fallen leaves.
Flowers and ferns
Let your imagination go wild with your own floral colour combos.
You'll need the full range of the colour spectrum for this rainbow over a wildlife-filled woodland meadow.