We have been joining in with 30 days wild for a number of years now. If you’re not familiar with this then it’s a month-long nature challenge in June with inspiration, ideas and help from Wildlife Trust. I thought I would go over some of our simple 30 days wild ideas we have previously tried out and will be doing more of the same this month. I have also included a free printable download and a few helpful books and resources at the bottom of the post. These resources are all aimed at nature play and really enhance open-ended nature play indoors and outdoors whilst also providing some mindfulness activities.
At the start of the month you can download or be sent a 30 days wild pack. Packs are tailored for individuals, families, nurseries, schools, care homes and other organisations to take part in. From our 30 days wild download pack we stuck our wall planner to our kitchen door. This is a great reminder for us to keep track of what we have done and seen. The planner also really inspires our 6 year old to do a bit of writing every few days and fill it out. This was great to see and he has even doodled a few illustrations on there.
If you’re worried that 30 days wild is a bit too much to commit to then the key is to keep it simple. There of course have been plenty of days over the past few years of taking part that we have have missed. There are days where we may spot or do more than one wild thing and that to me makes up for any missed days. The key to the challenge for my busy family of 6 is to keep it simple, especially on weekdays and busy days. If you haven’t been outdoors together for long enough then it could be as simple as reading a nature book at bedtime, putting on a wildlife programme or watching an animation like the Very Hungry Caterpillar when it’s pouring with rain outside.
As I said we have very much kept it simple.
I hope that these 30 simple ideas for 30 days wild inspire you and your littles to get wild. I have included a Pinterest board to inspire you further below.
Night time Explorer
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Bug Sticker Book