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Fun nature activities for the kids

Published: 17 August 2020

Getting out in nature is a great way to have fun! Here are some activities for you to keep the kids entertained in your backyard or on your walk through your local park:

Map your backyard or local park

Why not map your backyard or local park? Here’s a great video from Ranger Glenn to show you how!

Native trees

Can you spy five native trees on your walk?  – check out the NZ app tree

Raining outside? Here’s a fun tree quiz. Can you identify trees just by their leaves?

Go for a bike ride

Biking with kids is a fun adventure and a great way to get outdoors together, explore new local areas/trails and create family memories. Riding a bike not only improves physical fitness, but it also benefits your child’s learning, development and mental health. AKLPaths has a wealth of options in your local area.

Photo safari

Choose a subject (e.g. flowers or a colour theme) and see what photos you can capture. We’d love to see them so get one of your whānau to upload them to the Auckland Parks Facebook page.

Start a nature journal

Draw, sketch, paint or chalk pictures of leaves, trees or birds. Winter has some beautiful magnolia trees, can you capture all the pinks, purples and cream colours?

Bird spotting

Do a 5-minute bird survey each day to see how many native birds you can spot. Did you see a tui? Check out this video to see what happened on Ranger Anna’s bird count. Not sure what you’ve spotted? Read this article to see what some of our most common native birds look like.


  • Stay local: where you live near a park, you can go for a walk, jog or cycle through your local park for exercise and general mental wellbeing.

  • Social distancing: two metre distances from people outside your bubble should be observed at all times.

  • You must not play on playgrounds or use exercise equipment.

  • Be kind

  • For up to date information about COVID-19, visit

Keep an eye on the Auckland Parks Facebook page for other great ideas to connect with nature.

Read more: At Home Kids


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