Looking for a way to show your children just how amazing the world is—without straying too far from home? Plan a neighborhood safari with your family.
Neighborhood safaris are an easy way to inspire kids to explore the planet through its animals. Not only do they encourage kids to get creative, but they also teach kids about everything from habitats to the special role animals play in balancing our ecosystems.
Here’s how it works: Create a scene starring your children's favorite animals. Let their imaginations go wild (sorry—we had to say it) with sidewalk chalk sketches, original drawings or artwork, or these animal coloring pages. You can inspire younger children with these fun critter facts, or show older kids Nat Geo's encyclopedia of animals.
Then show off your family's creation to the community: hung from your house’s window, attached to your apartment balcony, taped to the roadside mailbox … wherever your family lives. Invite other families to join by hanging their art so everyone can take their own safaris—while practicing social distancing, of course—and spot different animals all over the neighborhood. The goal is that as you walk with your children around the neighborhood, they'll see how amazing the world is—and therefore want to protect it.
Want some inspiration to get you started? On Earth Day, NatGeo@Home "hosted" neighborhood safaris across the world, asking families to share their art with us through the #NatGeoEarthDayAtHome hashtag. Check out some of that incredible artwork in the gallery below then gather the family to start getting creative.
Editor's note: This story was updated on April 24, 2020.