Outdoor learning for digital kids

Say goodbye to screen time woes and hello to nature adventures.

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Physical, online and augmented-reality learning and nature play for future eco-warriors aged 4 to 8. Explore outdoors with the nature activity box.

Are you a mum to a young child, and looking to balance blue screens with blue skies?

Do you struggle to get your digitally-focused, grumpy child outdoors? Do you want to see them having fun in nature?

Welcome to Buttercup, we balance digital and online learning with easy outdoor activities.

Children are naturally curious about the world around them. We want to bring back that sense of wonder to childhood.

Let’s rewild childhood together.

Nature-based activities

with learning baked in

Open the door to happier, healthier kids and more enjoyable family time.

Our nature activities will get your kids outdoors, improve your child’s well-being and enhance their curiosity about nature.

  • Our boxes

    A seasonal subscription box to inspire a love of the great outdoors.

    Nature Curious box prints and activities
  • Our Digital Products

    Experience Nature Curious as a digital subscription or a past box as a digital product. Engage kids in exploring our British wildlife through our digital resources.

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  • Buttercup Learning

    building a generation of planet champions and protectors

    Our low carbon, plastic free, accessible products are designed to help protect people and the planet, just as they encourage children to do.

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    Spark your child’s curiosity

    We deliver our activity box, expertly designed for each season, to your door. Receive 4 boxes a year bursting with nature-based activities for children.

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    our free resources FOR ALL

    We’ve worked as hard on our free resources as we have on our great value nature-packed paid ones.

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    Rachel Mills
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    I’m Rachel Mills, a mum, animator and educator. I’ve created Buttercup Learning to get modern children outside - exploring, discovering and learning about nature, in a fun way.

    To make this easy for parents, we’ve created eco-friendly, nature-based activity boxes, containing a range of interactive, physical and digital resources, delivered to your door. You’ll also have access to our Nature Curious Club community, where you can chat with other nature-curious parents, teachers and carers, sharing ideas and support. The boxes are a great resource for home-educators too, as they are age-appropriate and curriculum-linked. 

    My daughter wants to be a marine biologist when she grows up and save the animals from plastic pollution. I think that’s a great goal for a 7-year-old to aspire to. 

    Our mission at Buttercup Learning, is to help more children to be aspirational as well as inspirational, to protect our environment for the children of the future to enjoy.

    Our happy customers

  • Beautiful poster, high-quality print and paper, and it created lots of lovely conversations about the different bees.

  • Lovely images. Suitable for young children. The animation brings a new dimension to learning making it fun for all. Excellent!

  • I like the poster because it tells you the different bee types.

  • Buttercup are doing the vital thing of bringing together technology and respect/understanding of our natural environment. All of this in a fun and captivating way for young minds to learn.

  • “Receiving these parcels is always an exciting day and the beautiful packaging makes it an extra treat. The topics are fab and there’s so many different activities each time that there’s always plenty to do.”

  • Peek inside the pond life box

    balancing their love of digital with outdoor adventures.

    Transform your screen zombie into a wild, fun-loving explorer who cherishes every moment spent outdoors this spring!

    • 100% sustainable education
    • 100% plastic free
    • 100% beautiful

    From nature exploration challenges, nature crafts, conservation projects and environmental science. Discover pond life creatures with our cut-out cards, enjoy a pond life survey, and engage in activities like learn to draw a pond skater,split pin toad craft, pond life plant and animal sort and more to explore pond life. 
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    Free resources and learning

    from the buttercup world

    Curious About Nature Podcast

    Buttercup founder Rachel Mills hosts the Curious About Nature podcast, featuring guests from teachers to beekeepers to tent sharers, discussing topics like outdoor learning, mindfulness in nature, and the circular economy.

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    The Buttercup

    Discover tips for sustainable living, ways to boost children’s mental health, instructions for scavenger hunts and nature play, interviews with eco heroes and all sorts of other activities, advice and inspiration

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    My Nature Family Facebook Group

    Take positive eco-action with your family for nature - our nature family community is here to help.

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