Our family would rather spend time outdoors than indoors. We love nature! That said, sometimes mother nature is uncooperative. On these days, it can be fun to pull out some nature games. Nature games are also a wonderful way to add to your nature study.
We have only recently added nature-themed games to our routine. When you are finished reading, I’d love for you to share your favorites in the comments so we can all build our game collections!
Using nature games in your homeschool
If you are a gameschooler, you’ll want to check out our 31-Day Gameschool Challenge and explore some of the nature games mentioned in this post!
Your little birders will love this spin on an old classic! The game is beautifully illustrated and will be enjoyable for adults and children alike. I am amazed by how much my children have learned just by playing this game! To add to the fun, make these bird cookies and hang them on a tree. Watch the birds snack while you play!
My oldest son was obsessed with insects for several years. His favorite book was 1001 Bugs to Spot! Featuring over 60 bug species from around the globe, Bug Bingo will have your children completely enchanted. This would be a great way to follow-up a hike or pond study!
This handy little game is from the makers of Timeline. Similar to Timeline, the goal of Cardline Animals is to arrange cards in the proper order. You can choose to play the game based on one of three categories: lifespan, size, or weight. These options keep the game fresh. We often play this game during meals and have even taken it on vacation- it’s so portable!
My kids love this one and I have to admit that I learn something every single time we play. In this game, players travel along a spiral rock path through the earth’s various habitats. As they journey, they acquire habitat cards and answer knowledge questions. Children will learn about habitats, environmental concerns, and animals. The player with the most habitat cards at the end of the game is the winner.
This is a fantastic cooperative game- perfect for children who do not enjoy competition! In this game, players must work together to help the owls get back to their nest before the sun rises. My children love this game and all the other fantastic cooperative games by Peaceable Kingdom including Dinosaur Escape, Race to the Treasure, Friends and Neighbors, Count Your Chickens, Mermaid Island, and more!
After playing this game for years at our local nature center, we finally decided to invest in our own copy. It can be played in several ways, but we enjoy playing it like the old “war” card game. The best part? Children quickly learn about the forest, food chain, and life cycle!
This game works on fine motor, color recognition, matching, and fun! Forage for nuts but watch out for sneaky squirrels who will steal from you or storms that will blow away your stash! My kids love using the colorful squirrel tweezers that come with this game!
This is the latest nature game addition to our homeschool and the kids adore it! I do, too. This cooperative game teaches children about herbs and medicinal plants through play and stories. Together, you’ll work to hike from granny’s house to a mountain top where there is a huckleberry patch. Along the way, you’ll encounter obstacles: insects, injuries, and allergies. Learn which plants can help each situation and have fun in the process!
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