Much has been said of how nature can nurture us at times of stress and during the coronavirus crisis many people have been seeking solace in the garden.

Simple pleasures such as exercise and fresh air or even just listening to birdsong have proved key in helping us to cope with lockdown.

But nature has plenty to inspire young ones too and parents now struggling to find new ways to keep their children occupied can find natural inspiration to feed those young imaginations.

Holiday park company Parkdean Resorts, currently closed during the Covid-19 outbreak, has come up with some top ideas of how to enjoy the best of nature.

Have a Nature Hunt

An outdoor adventure, even if it's in the back garden, can include a search for creepy crawlies which lots of kids love, especially because they can get their hands dirty by doing a bit of digging at the same time.

While it's a matter or looking and not harming, the activity is a great way to learn about insect life.

See the Woodland Trust’s tips for a minibeast’s hunt here.

Go camping or build a fort

If it's raining then why not set up camp or a fort indoors. Pitch up a tent if you have one or be imaginative if you haven't and the kids will love being under a canopy.

A blanket will do for a fort too: it might be the one you've been using in place of a tent. Kids don't care. Whether setting up outdoors or inside on a cold night, pin blankets near a fence or wall and stock up with pillows, more blankets and snacks.

You could even watch your favourite programme on TV or a laptop. The promise of midnight snacks will have added appeal. Microwave popcorn is an easy option.

Ask David Attenborough

When you want to learn about nature, there's no-one better to provide the inspiration then this TV favourite.

The BBC presenter has come up with an extra educational treat for viewers which sees him explain natural world topics such as oceans and animals.

His lessons are available on BBC Bitesize Daily; BBC IPlayer and BBC Red Button and an extra idea for kids could be to set a challenge to see who can write down or draw the most animals seen in the show.

Earn a Blue Peter badge

Yes, they still have them.

An entry level Blue Badge can be applied for by sending in letters, stories and sketches - and success will surely have the kids keen to earn more. See here.

Build a bird feeder

A great way to get kids interested in different feathered species is getting them to build a DIY feeder and they no doubt will be eager to see birds using it.

You could even create a checklist for them to tick off.

For easy-to-make options see CBeebies here

Make pebble art

Painting pebbles has become something of a feature of lockdown and a colourful stone can make a thoughtful gift - or a lovely surprise for a stranger to find if left on a walking trail.

Grow veg or plant indoors

It's planting time and good seasonal vegetable choices to get you started include lettuce, carrots, beets and radishes.

Or you could get kids to plant seeds indoors. See the RHS guide to indoor sowing here.

Make a mud kitchen

Another way to get grubby, as well as provide hours of entertainment for little ones, is to indulge in some mud play outside. Be brave.

Parents who want to provide a mud kitchen in 16 steps can see this Instructables guide here.

Create a fairy garden

A charming fairy dwelling place can be created in the tiniest of spots. Decide a theme - castle, city or woodland - and get busy with your magical materials. Find step-by-step ideas on YouTube here.