Nature-themed activities for kids!

Nature-themed activities for kids!

Grow a child's love of nature 🌱

Bring Nature Book Week into your home, school or library with these fun and educational activities for the young and young at heart! 💚

Nature Book Week is an annual, all-ages program of exciting storytelling events, culminating in the announcement of the winners of our 2023 Karajia and Environment Awards for Children's Literature.

Colouring + craft🎨✂️

Spot the hidden wildlife as well as a list of items that shouldn't be left out in nature with this fun colouring-in activity! This is a great way to introduce topics like littering, recycling and respecting the environment.

Cut out the prints of various native Australian flora and fauna to decorate your space!

Pick your favourite Aussie animal to colour in!

Writing activity✍️

We enlisted the help of three beloved Australian authors—Michael Gerard Bauer, Samantha Wheeler and the late Narelle Oliver—to inspire kids to get writing (or drawing!). This activity is perfect for an English or Art class, or as a school holiday project.

First, read these three short stories about a fairy possum, southern right whale and cassowary. Then choose your favourite story, and either:

🟢 write the next scene
🟢 rewrite the story from a different point of view or perspective
🟢 illustrate a scene from the story
"Suddenly, wattle leaves swish and sway as the possum clutches a thin wobbly branch, her claws holding like Velcro. Along the branch she stops and her whiskers twitch. There is sap oozing from a small break in the bark. In a flash she is feasting on the sticky sweetness."

We'd love to see what artworks and stories your kids come up with! Email [email protected], or feel free to tag us on social media.

The best new nature books

The best new nature books

Own your own copies of the best new nature-themed children's books from our 2024 Karajia and Environment Awards for Children's Literature shortlists!

Lesson plans for primary students 📚

We've put together lesson plans for primary school students that align with the Australian cross-curriculum priority of ‘sustainability'. These English and Science lessons guide exploration about Australian animals and their habitats.

Our lesson plans are suitable for Prep to Grade 3 and for Grades 4 to 6.

Happy learning! 📖

Printables for events

Nature Book Week (14-20 October 2024) aims to grow a love of nature in readers of ALL ages, by celebrating stories and storytellers that spark our interest in the natural world.

If you'd like to host your own Nature Book Week event, such as a storytime session, workshop or display, we have printable bookmarks, posters and activities available. If you'd like to do something to celebrate but aren't sure where to start, we also have a plenty of ideas for you!

And if you do participate in any way, please tag #NatureBookWeek in your posts.😊
5 ways schools & libraries can do Nature Book Week!

5 ways schools & libraries can do Nature Book Week!

From creating a 'Nature Book' section to hosting a green reading challenge, here are 5 ideas to grow a love of nature in readers of all ages—during Nature Book Week and beyond 🌱📚