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The Nature Nook

Nature Activities for Kids

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Welcome to The Nature Nook

Hello and welcome to The Nature Nook – Home of all things Nature and Outdoorsie.

A home of Nature Activities for Kids. An online resource and safe space where kids of all ages can explore, discover and play.

About the Nook

The idea of the Nature Nook came after seeing my own Little Explorer playing and interacting with Nature. 

A Toddler’s Adventures

I began creating Nature-inspired activity books and stories using her own toys and adventures in an attempt to continue her interest and inspire further explorations and adventures in the world outside. 

My idea worked – we would read about Bhalu’s adventures, naming the flowers, bugs, birds, trees and animals he encountered on his way; we would join in with Bobbin as he played in the garden – then we would go outside ourselves and see what we could play. 

A Toddler’s Achievements

My reward came one day in the park when at 18 months old, she pointed and said “Mama, Magpie! Kak, kak, kak!” 

Now she runs to hug the trees, knows the words for leaf and bark; knows the cuckoo, the magpie, the crow, wood pigeon and blue tit; knows ladybirds and ants and worms… I thought this was normal – surely all kids must know these things? 

A Realisation

Sadly, I realised, not. The older children in the playground were completely oblivious to the world around them. Even my own peers did not have a clue when I excitedly pointed out a jay mocking us, or spent 5 minutes examining a plant I did not recognise. 

The Lost Words

Then, I discovered The Lost Words and the history behind it. How could someone just delete the names of living creatures? Creatures who were not even extinct? It was as if they no longer existed… and yet, they are living right beside us. 

A Decision

I finally realised – I had to Act. I did not want my children to grow up and be mocked by their peers for their inquisitiveness and their adventurous spirits. I did not want them mocked for their excitement at discovering the world around them…. I wanted their peers to be excited and inquisitive too.


So, I conceived The Nature Nook. A place where children of all ages can come and learn and play and explore. Where they can discover and be inspired, where they can let loose their inquisitiveness and learn to connect with their amazing world. Where they can find child and family friendly Nature Activities – A space entirely devoted to Nature Activities for Kids. 

My Dream

So I thank you for finding YOUR way to The Nature Nook and hope it can inspire and encourage YOU too.

Happy Nature Walking,

Leila x


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