Children using Wildlife Watch resources © Lianne de Mello

Learning at home

Many of our activities that involve getting out into nature and learning about the natural world can be done in your garden, local green space or school grounds. Below you'll find a range of activities that can be done on their own, or combined to create lessons for a variety of subjects.

Colours of nature activity

The outside world is full of colour and a great source of inspiration. This activity focuses on engaging with the natural colours we see, and the natural items we spot to create an art palette.

  • Download our template or draw out a paint palette 
  • Cut out your palette (you may need an adult to help you)
  • Look out of your window or go into your garden.
  • For each different natural item you spot, either stick it to your paint palette or use a colour to represent that piece of nature. How many colours can you find in nature?

Demonstration video and activity template

Wildbeach Officer, Kelly Wetherick, demonstrates our Colours of nature activity. 

Top Trump activity

Join us and create your own set of Wildbeach Top Trumps.
We will be posting a series of craft activity videos making a puppet of a select species to feature on our top trump cards. Get inspiration from our videos and create your own, or simply draw the wildlife you want to feature.

  •  Download our template or draw your own
  • Get inspiration from our videos or search a species you may want to create
  • Make a puppet of the species and then photograph, or draw the species directly onto your top trump card.
  •  Research some facts about your chosen species and add to your top trumps card. Species fact files -
  • We would love to see your finished creations so upload them to social media using our hashtags #HampshireWindowWilldife #IslandWindowWildlife 

Demonstration videos and activity template

Suncatcher activity

This simple craft using natural items is a fun sensory experience with beautiful results. We've made a short video to illustrate the process. 

You'll need: 

  • PVA glue
  • clear lids or similar 
  • string or similar 
  • something to pierce the lids
  • paint brush
  • natural materials 


Demonstration video

Pond dipping Blashford Lakes

Pond dipping at Blashford Lakes © T Standish

How Wild are we?

We need your help to create a baseline of the wildlife we have now so we can track our progress. We have a good range of records for our nature reserves and the spaces we manage, but we need you to tell us what wildlife you can see from your windows, what visits your balcony and what’s living in your garden. We have a range of citizen science surveys to complete. Turn them into lessons about science, maths, and English.

Find out more

Marine Loans Box

Marine Loans kits are available for schools and groups to book to support learning about marine habitats and conservation of their local environment.

Marine loan box

Marine loan box

Marine Loan Box

Our kits contain all you need to deliver an engaging session at a local coastline or support a topic in class. We have Primary or Secondary Kits for visits to a coast, a Primary Indoor Kit with a teacher resource pack, books, DVDs and plastic mould sea creatures, and a Beach Clean Kit for organised litter picking events.

Kits are loaned at £30 for 3 weeks, subject to terms and conditions.

Contact us to book a kit 

Exploring the shoreline at Milton Locks nature reserve

© Paul Gonella

Milton Locks Discovery Box

Thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund, between January 2016 and June  2018, the Milton’s Hidden Seashore  project worked to bring Milton Locks nature reserve back to the heart of the community. You can still visit with your school. Book a Discovery Box to help you with your visit, free to Portsmouth schools.

Contact us to book a box 

Wildlife Watch resources

Take action for wildlife, get creative and go wild with our fun activity sheets and resources. 

Wildlife Watch resources © Emma Bradshaw

Wildlife Watch resources © Emma Bradshaw

Wildlife Watch resources

A great place to find activity sheets and spotter sheets for children as well as resources such as online games and downloads like ringtones, computer wallpapers, posters & t-shirt transfers.

Activity sheets

Online resources