If your kids spend more time than you’d like on smartphones and tablets then why not take advantage of their love of technology and introduce them to some apps that will help them spend more time outdoors.
There are loads of apps that can help kids have more outdoor adventures. We’ve picked a few of our favourites.
This app will help you find all of the woodland sites that are run and managed by the Forestry Commission. You can find woods to explore and woods to camp in. But the really useful feature from this app is the tree identification section. Once you and your kids can identify all of the trees around you, your woodland walks will never be the same again.
One of the easiest ways to get children to observe nature is to try and identify birds. Whether you live in a city or the country, you’ll always be able to find a variety of different birds. With lots of pictures and sounds, this app is designed for all levels of experience.
We’ve tried a few different apps to explore the night sky and this is by far the best. Kids love to identify objects in the sky and work out where the planets are and recognise the constellations. This app has amazing hi res images and really interesting content that will bring the heavens to life.
If you’re a member of the National Trust and you have children, you’re probably very familiar with the 50 activities to do before you’re 11 ¾. Well this app can help you work your way through the list and provides recommendations for the best places to do the activities.
This app contains more than 2,000 nature reserves, woods and meadows for you to explore across the UK along with simple guides on UK wildlife species. It also contains a list of events and information on all 47 of the individual wildlife trusts.
If you’re stuck for ideas to get your kids out and about then Wild Explorers contains more than 100 activities for different age groups and weather conditions that can take anything from 10 minutes to a few hours to complete. So you can find something for every occasion.
Take the family on a scavenger hunt and use your phone’s GPS to track down all sorts of caches all over the world. There could be one very close to you right now. There is a free version where you can find a selection of caches but you need to pay for the full version to get access to everything.
So the next time your kids are playing on a mobile or tablet, get them to have a go with one of these apps and then head out into the wild.
Let us know in the comments below if you have any other app recommendations.
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