Free puzzle games, stories, crafts, and printable activities for kids ages 4–12.

Be a Nature ExplorerBe a Nature Explorer
There are wonders to explore just outside your back door and in this week's Highlights@Home collection, you’ll find plenty of inspiration to Be a Nature Explorer! In this bundle we’ve included a variety of ideas for awesome outdoor adventures. Consider letting your kids use cell phones to plot a path through a nearby park or use the phone’s compass together to help find their way. Kids who like physical activity might get into planning a nature obstacle course. Science lovers could start a field journal. Musical kids can “map” the sounds they hear in nature. The whole family might enjoy watching birds at a backyard bird feeder. Your kids can make a very colorful one, following the craft instructions here. Hang it on a tree branch or securely on a fire escape. The outdoors is a classroom where lots of learning happens. Encourage your little nature explorers to spend some time there this week.
solve a garden puzzle

2. Solve a Puzzle

Who’s hanging out in this garden? Find the objects in this Hidden Pictures puzzle. Then go outside and see how many little critters your child can spot.

read a poem

3. Read a Poem

No matter where you live, you can be a nature explorer. Read this poem, then encourage your child to look outside and find something new.

try outdoor adventures

4. Try These Outdoor Adventures

From music lovers to techies to athletes, the great outdoors has something for everyone! Check out this list of awesome ideas to thrill nature explorers of all types.

make a bird cafe

5. Make a Bird Cafe

Make this colorful bird feeder, fill it with bird food, then see who stops for a snack!

Do something for others

6. Do Something for Others

Have your kids try one of the above ideas or come up with a few of their own! Then tell us what they've done on

Write, Draw, or Talk About It

7. Write, Draw, or Talk About It

Invite your child to pick one or both of the above prompts. Then record, document, or save her creative work,and share it with us on

beehive game

8. Make and Play a Beehive Game

Create this bee-autiful—and simple—game. Then have fun seeing whose bee can reach the hive first!