Did you know recent research by the RSPB showed that only 1 in 5 children are connected with nature and spending a healthy amount of time outdoors?
I don’t get everything right as a parent, not by a long stretch, but I do make a big effort to get my two out in nature, it makes a massive difference to our sanity and happiness and I want them to grow up respecting and understanding nature. My kids have an amazing time getting involved with the RSPB via my Dad who helps to run his local group. Macclesfield RSPB also has one of the best Young Explorer’s groups in the country and we’ve loved building nest boxes and making seed bombs with the leaders at RSPB events. We even helped to put up a barn owl box and just discovered it has barn owls in – we’re so excited!
Basically we’ve loved the creative ideas the RSPB have to encourage kids to get on board with giving nature a home. We’re sad we’re not nearer to Macclesfield as the kids would go to Young Explorers events more often and sometimes I know we could be doing more than we are to connect with nature. But we just heard about the RSPB Wild Challenge for families and it sounds like a great way to keep involved!
Getting Kids involved in the RSPB #WildChallenge
The RSPB Wild Challenge is aimed at both schools and families, so why not get your family on board with earning their Bronze, Silver and Gold award? Each award involved undertaking a different challenge, each of which will help local wildlife. All the 24 challenges are online, with easy instructions, pictures, plus hints and tips to complete them, great for keeping outdoor loving kids busy! Once you have completed a challenge you log it online with a small piece of evidence like a photo, a drawing or writing. When you have completed enough challenges you achieve your award, each award has a certificate and badge.
When I looked at the challenges I could see we have done a few already by making bird boxes and feeding the birds, so we would be on the way to Bronze which is exciting.
So I’ve picked out a new challenge for us over the Easter break! We’ve been busy feeding and making homes for birds in our garden, but they don’t have a bath…
Build A Bird Bath
Another brilliant spring project! You just need a shallow, watertight bowl, such as an upturned dustbin lid or large circular plant tray, some stones or gravel, bricks to raise the bowl up if it doesn’t have a base and rain or tap water. Fly over to the RSPB site for the full bird bath construction instructions.
I’m looking forward to scenes like this!
I love the sound of making a hedgehog cafe too, I know my two would love this after meeting this lovely fellow at Pensthorpe Natural Park in Norfolk. They are also desperate to make a pond!
If your kids are keen to take on new wildlife projects, or your looking for some outdoor fun together check out the RSPB’s new Wild Challenge as a family. The instructions are clear and the resources needed are simple and inexpensive/free.
Let me know what you get up to?
Image credits – 1, 5 – Penny Alexander, 2,3,4 Ray Kennedy, RSPB Images.