From colouring pages to activity instructions, this section offers resources for families and teachers to enhance their Arboretum visit or connect with nature at home.
Download and print these PDF colouring pages and activity sheets that were created by students from Humber College's Faculty of Media & Creative Arts.
Download Bird Gardening with the Humber Arboretum - a foldable minibook for kids
Download and print Arboretum Wildlife colouring pages (PDF)
When they're young, white-tailed deer have white spots on their sides to help them hide in the dappled sunlight on the forest floor. Use colour-by-number to complete this fawn.
This duckling is ready to leave the nest - can you help them reach the safety of the pond?
Nature scavenger hunts or bingo games are a great way to explore both familiar and unfamiliar natural spaces. They encourage people of all ages to look closely and notice details in nature that they may have otherwise missed.
Instead of printing out a pre-made scavenger hunt, we actually recommend creating the hunt yourself, so that drawing the objects before looking for them can be part of the experience.
Create Your Page:
Think about the age of your participants and how long you want the activity to take, then create a grid on a sheet of paper. Try anything from a short scavenger hunt with just 4 squares to a full bingo card with 25 squares.
Choose Your Items:
Think about the space you will be visiting, how long you want to be outside, the season, and how much of a challenge you want! Depending on the age of the participants, this could be a discussion you have together. ("What are we likely to see in the park in spring? What will be harder to find?"). Choose nature items from the suggestions below, or think up your own.
Print the Names:
Print the name of each item at the bottom of a square; you may want to leave a little space where you can put a check mark when you find something. If you're playing bingo-style, pay attention to layout so you don't accidentally create a very easy row!
Draw the Items:
Have the participants draw a picture of each item in the right box. These can be quick sketches if you just want to get outside, or take your time with details and full colour. This part can take a few minutes, or be spread out over several days! Go ahead and search for images on the internet to draw from if you're not sure what something looks like.
When everyone’s cards are ready, head outside and get searching! Agree in advance if you're going to make it competitive or work together, and if you're going to set a time limit or keep searching until you've found everything.
After the search is over, talk about what was easier or harder to find than expected and what everyone's favourite discovery was. Consider choosing one of the objects that it's okay to take out of nature (ex. pine cone, rocks, sticks) and take it home to try drawing a more detailed picture that you can compare to the one you drew on the scavenger sheet.
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