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Looking for fun family nature activities to try at home?

Get creative wherever you are with a variety of activities designed to inspire the whole family.

Try out some of our special family activities and get to know the wildlife on your doorstep. Spy on your wildlife neighbours, encourage mini-beasts into your garden, and develop the eyes of an owl and the ears of a deer.

Show your family and friends what you’ve seen, heard or made – and don’t forget to share them with us too! To share your pictures, post them on CAT’s facebook page or tag @centreforalternativetechnology on Instagram. #CATatHome

Planting seeds

Grow your own food: Seed sowing

Spring is the time of year to start thinking about… FOOD. Early vegetable and herb seeds can be sown in a greenhouse or even in a warm, sunny spot in a window.
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using a trowel in a garden bed

Grow your own food: planting out

Your seeds have burst into life and are looking like healthy little seedlings but they’re getting a little over crowded in their small pots, it’s time for planting out.
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Bee with pollen

Bee friendly at home

Five simple and fun ways that you can support bees and other pollinators in your garden.
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Easter at CAT

Build a tiny pond

Attract wildlife into your garden with a simple-to-build tiny pond!
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Kids surrounded by flowers looking through a magnifying glass

Get to know your wildlife neighbours

Discover an amazing array of goings-on in your own garden or just outside your window.
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Grid drawn over a photo of a meadow

Make your own quadrat

Become a true nature detective and find out who lives in the smallest of outside spaces.
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Bird boxes

Build a nest box for birds

Create a cosy place for your feathered neighbours to nestle up this winter by building a nestbox for the birds.
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Empty birds nest

Nature Architects: Nest Building

Explore the incredible world of bird’s nests and have a go at making your own with a variety of readily accessible natural materials.
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Pollinators at home – family science survey

Explore and learn about the incredible natural world and contribute to the grand sum of human knowledge by taking part in this citizen science project.
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bug hotel

Build a bug hotel

Help the wildlife in your garden find safe a place to hide by creating a multistory bug hotel.
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Kid with camera

Be a wildlife presenter

Have you ever wanted to be a wildlife presenter on T.V? Well maybe now is your chance to practice.
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autumn mandala

Wild Wellbeing

Get crafty and creative by creating your own calming Mandala out of readily available natural materials.
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Postcards from the future

Send us a message from the future! Use your imagination to tell us what you think the world will look like in 2030.
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hedgehog among autumn leaves

Build a hog a home

Create a hedgehog box in your garden and help support these shy, spiky night-time creatures.
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Sensory explorers: back to nature

Tap into your inner animal and see the world in a different way.
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Child drawing

Draw your zero carbon view

We can create a better sustainable future. Share your view of how it will look!
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Drawing of people arranged in a circle

Celebrate the Earth: family summit

Share what you love about our planet and explore how you can do your bit.
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child painting a poster

Make a climate action poster

Celebrate the world we live in by making a climate action poster and sharing it with us.
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blue tit on a cone bird feeder

Make a pine cone bird feeder

Feed the birds in style by making your own pine cone bird feeders.
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Pinecone bird feeder

Winter wellbeing: tree dressing celebration

Feed the birds, have fun and celebrate the season by decorating your favourite outdoor tree.
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More activities coming soon!

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