We love heading to the woods and forest and have put together our favourite Forest Themed Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers to do with you.

So pack your DIY Nature Kit, head out the house and explore your local woodland or forest with your toddlers and take part in some of these easy forest activities.

Don’t forget to collect some sticks, leaves and pinecones as there’s plenty of crafts that you can do afterwards with those.

Forest themed activities for toddlers and preschoolers to do in the woods and at home

Forest and Woodland Themed Activities for toddlers and Preschoolers

FREE Printable Forest Scavenger Hunt Activity Sheet to complete with toddlers and preschoolers

Why not head to the forest and carry out this simple Forest Scavenger Hunt Activity with your Toddlers and Preschoolers.

It includes a FREE Printable which is available in our store plus some tips for doing it with your little ones.

woodland nature hikes with toddlers somme of the animal tracks found

If you don’t want to take a printable scavenger hunt with you, you can just head out on a woodland nature walk with your tots.

Don’t forget to look up and down. You’ll never know what you will find.

preschooler going for a run in the woods looking for gruffalos

Inspired by our favourite forest tale The Gruffalo when you head to the forest why not go on a Gruffalo hunt.

See if you can find a log pile, owls home or other features from the book.

building a forest home with preschoolers a fun forest school activity to do together

One of our favourite activities to do in the woods is to build a den. Even our big kids enjoy this and they love helping the little ones to build the best den possible.

kids in the forest

Along with the Gruffalo lots of the kids favourite fairy tales are set in the woods. So why not spend some time recreating some of those with some Forest Fairy Story Telling.

Activities to do when you Return from the Forest with Your Toddlers and Preschoolers

forest count and clip cards

We love count and clip cards and this simple set of forest animal count and clip cards is ideal to use for counting practice when you get home from the woods.

pinecone owls easy to make woodland craft for toddlers and preschoolers

Why not use some of the pinecones you’ve collected and either make some simple pinecone owls like the image above.

Or some pinecone bumble bees like below.

pinecone bumble bees with yellow yarn and junk box plastic wings

With the leaves you that you pick up you can always make some sun prints. This is a fun activity and you can create all sorts of wonderful patterns and shapes doing it with your toddlers.

preschooler making sun prints with nature objects

After going on a Gruffalo hunt in the woods why not make a Gruffalo Sensory Bin that you can continue the fun at home for a while with your toddlers and preschoolers.

preschooler playing in a gruffalo sensory bin

Favourite Forest Themed Books to Read Together

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More Forest Themed Activities

Pop on over to The Educators’ Spin On It where Kim shares 10 Activities for Forest Week and to Toddler Approved where Kristina shares 20 book based activities for forest week.

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forest activities to do at home and in the woods with toddlers and preschoolers
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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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