Nature classes for preschool-aged children are one Biodiversity Education service offered by NatureCubsIreland. These preschool classes are fun, hour-long nature classes for children under 4 years old who are accompanied by an adult. Each term has 8 classes. Classes are held in Dublin in Bushy Park, Terenure. Class activities reflect the time of year so have Seasonal themes. Children undertake a nature walk and a fun outside nature activity each week. Our terms run from September to October and then we resume in April until June.
Fun learning about nature
NatureCubsIreland preschool classes teach about nature at a pace suited to this age group. Participants receive a NatureCubsIreland Nature Bag when they join and this is used every week to collect nature goodies outside. They also receive a NatureCubsIreland high-viz vest which is worn for safety outdoors. Children with special needs are very welcome to our classes. Our classes can be beneficial to children with special needs as they bring children outdoors and allow them use their hands to find natural ingredients and make forest crafts.
NatureCubsIreland is fully insured and Garda Vetted. We are parents ourselves so we know how to ensure that classes are child-focused and fun. We understand the importance of outside play and learning so our classes are outdoors in all kinds of Irish weather. We go outdoors each week no matter what the weather so be prepared to bring your woolly hats, wellies, raincoats, sun hats and sun cream!
Benefits for adults
Accompanying your child to NatureCubsIreland classes gives you an opportunity to meet like-minded adults.
Coming along provides you with quality time with your child, while someone else organises the activity! We give handouts each week to the grown ups to give a bit more information about the subject of the week.
NatureCubsIreland classes provide you with an organised means of meeting like-minded friends, letting your child have fun with friends in the fresh air and improving their motor skills while learning about nature along the way.
Great ideas and such a relaxed environment for all the kids
Have been going to classes with Mairead since September and highly recommend to anyone. It has a perfect mix of outdoor activities and arts and crafts for the little ones. My daughter is 2 and constantly talks about her crafts and brings them home each week to show daddy. Great ideas and such a relaxed environment for all the kids. Each week is different and I have actually learnt a lot too (much to my shame for not knowing before).
My 3 year old adores it
I cannot recommend Naturecubs more highly. My 3 year old adores it and loves her ‘teacher’ Mairead. She has developed a huge interest in her environment and no walk is complete without pointing out insects, trees and nests:)
The arts and crafts are an added bonus and each week our little girl comes home with a picture/bird feeder/plant.
Mairead must be commended for such a good value, educational and fun activity for children and adults!!!
My toddler loved Nature Cubs almost as much as I did!
My toddler loved Nature Cubs almost as much as I did! Mairead is a fountain of knowledge and she has a great sense of fun which the kids pick up on. Each week was a pleasure, definitely my favourite “toddler activity” to date. Will be back again. Highly recommend this class!
A fantastic way for a parent and child to enjoy nature together
Nature Cubs is a fantastic way for a parent and child to enjoy nature together. It is bonding, educational and great fun. The nature knowledge my little girl has now from regular sessions with Mairead is wonderful to watch. She appreciates the tiniest insect and seed and knows it is all important in a greater scheme of things. She has lovely crafts now all over the garden and house that she’s made at the end of each session. If you ever get the chance to join in a course DO!