Spring Nature Activities for Children

Irmgard Kutsch and Brigitte Walden; Foreword by Bärbel Höhn; Translated by Jane R. Helmchen

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Fun nature activities to help children engage with the seasons and learn new skills. Includes building bird boxes, sprouting seeds, planting a garden and making dyes.

229 x 210 mm
Floris Books
Crafts & Activities
165 colour photographs and illustrations
96 pages
Publication date:
26 Jan 2006
Nature Activities for Children


This book is packed full of fun nature activities that will help children engage with the season and learn practical new skills.

Activities for spring include building bird nesting boxes, sprouting seeds, landscaping and planting a garden, using plant-based dyes and paints, milk processing and beekeeping.

The activities in this book are based on practical experience from the Children's Nature and Garden Centre in Germany, and are fully tried and tested.

Table of Contents



Our Native Birds in Spring
Even Younger Children Can Help Build a Nesting Box
Nesting Help for Birds

Sowing, sprouting, growing
Sprouting Grain
Caring for Flowers
Sprouting Walnuts


Creating garden spaces
Garden Work and Health
Landscaping a Garden as a Group Project
What to Consider When Landscaping a Garden
Landscaping Ideas


Plant-based dyes and paints
Making Dyes
Colour Chart for Plant Dyeing
Characteristics of Plants Used for Dyeing
Painting with Plant-Based Paints
The Invigorating Effect of Plant Colours
Milk processing
The Cow -- Serving Humankind Since Ancient Times
Milk -- Lifeblood of the Child

From Forest Bees to Beekeeping
The Bee Colony -- Structure and Organization
Biology of the Bee
Bee Products
How Can Children Be Included in Beekeeping?


'The authors display a deep understanding of child development and the important role that high quality sensory experiences play within healthy development…What sets the books apart is the imaginative quality of the projects, which range from landscaping ideas to apple-ring drying…so we are helped to create a rich outdoor environment with our children and then given lots of ideas for interesting things to do out there…Our children's relationship with the environment will surely be enriched through trying some of these projects…'
--Araminta Greaves, Resurgence

'A very exciting book full of wonderful activites and information. Ideal for home schoolers and a must-have for any children's group. This book is totally inspiring and fills you with enthusiasm for the new season!'
-- Education Otherwise


Irmgard Kutsch, born 1952, trained as a vet before working with children with special needs. She established the Children's Nature and Garden Centre in Reichshof in 1994, where children and teachers can learn about nature and participate in workshops.

Brigitte Walden, born 1953, worked as a teacher for fifteen years. She has been a carer at Haus Hohenfried in Germany, a centre for people with special needs, for nine years.


Here are more books in this wonderful series by Irmgard Kutsch which helps children to engage with nature and the seasons in practical, creative ways:
Summer Nature Activities for Children
Autumn Nature Activities for Children
Winter Nature Activities for Children

This book is focused on helping children connect with trees through games, activities and stories:
The Wonder of Trees: Nature Activities for Children by Andrea Frommherz

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