Kid crafts inspired by nature - give us your suggestions!

Circle Of Moms Editors - posted on 05/21/2013 ( 28 moms have responded )

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Can you suggest a fun craft to do with kids that uses things found in nature like pine cones, leaves, flowers, or sticks?

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Tiffany - posted on 11/07/2013

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Pine cone Christmas ornament. Gather up pine cones, glue, glitter, sequins, beads, etc., yarn for hanging and decorate for Christmas.Take the pine cone and roll it in glue and then roll it in what ever you want to decorate it with. Let it dry and then cut yarn or ribbon to hang it. Haven't done it with my kids yet, but we will be doing these this Christmas!

Sarah - posted on 10/29/2013

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One of my favorite activities when I was young was creating imaginary houses in the woods for gnomes. I guess the latest term for these is "fairy houses". Here's a great description of getting started with them:

http://www.fairyhouses.com/about-fairy-h...

I guess I love these so much because they help create an imaginary world which we all need as children!

Angela - posted on 10/23/2013

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For younger children still learning their letters, try cutting out the letter L and glueing previously collected leaves on it. Also, apple stamping.....cut the apples in half and dip the seed side in paint and press onto paper. The result is interestingly beautiful and the kids really enjoy this. You could go one step further even and have a lesson on apples, seeds and how they grow.

Robin - posted on 08/22/2013

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A fun craft I have done with the children I teach in child care is, collect all of your nature items and make a "garden" or "forest". Put a good layer of play dough on a heavy duty paper plate and let the kids go crazy putting their treasures in the play dough. You can also add little figurines (maybe a fiary garden or a lego-man's secret island) to encourage imaginative play after the craft is done.

Materials needed:
Play dough
Heavy Duty paper plates
Nature items (anything you can find that is safe - good opportunity to discuss poisonous or dangerous plants while collecting)
decorative rocks or beads
small figurines
extra playdough (they might want to make a "tree" out of a stick and a pine cone - you need to stick them together with something!)
feathers
anything else you would like in your garden!

From Robin @ www.adventuresinthenest.com

Christy - posted on 08/15/2013

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My daughter has a nature jar (Just an old pickle jar). When we are outside she always finds little treasures and we put them in her nature jar so that she can look at them later. We live in a small town and have found some very cool things! (snake skin, cicada skin, goose/bird feathers, etc.). We also recently made nature bracelets. Make a bracelet with packing tape, sticky side out. As you walk along the child can stick nature items on the bracelet to decorate it.

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Angel - posted on 09/18/2014

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Get the child a small bucket they can carry and go to a park or just in the yard and let them pick things that interest them. Then simply glue them to a piece of construction paper. Make a collage. Then we use glitter glue on all of it to give it sparkle.
My son really enjoys getting to pick his own things.

YOu have to use the leaves right away becuase if they dry they are more difficult to glue down.

Marie - posted on 06/02/2014

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My son loves to go on 'nature adventures' and one of his favorite crafts was using the sticks and leaves he found as stamps for a t-shirt. I used fabric paints and let him stamp with his leaves and sticks on the shirt.

Vivien - posted on 03/26/2014

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Make bird feeders with pine cones. Roll the cones in peanut butter or other nut alternative. Then roll the gooey lonesome in bird seed. Hang with twine on tree branches. Sticky mess but fun.

Sticks can be used to make letters
Cardboard
Elmers
Break the twigs to fit you can make all the uppercase non-curvy letters this war

Leaves
Paper
Fingerpaint
Wax paper
Use fingers to coat the bumpy side of the leaf with fingerprint
Place this leaf alongside down on the paper
Cover with wax paper
Use rolling pin to press leaf on the paper .then carefully remove after a few minutes. Leaf prints .all theses are messy but it's the process more than the product that is such good learning fun.

Celsa - posted on 12/28/2013

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Make stap with leaves put gleder on pinecone flower put them in a book to dry stick make a house with string

Ashley Michelle - posted on 11/24/2013

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Pine cones u get the ones that r open n u spread peanut butterall over it n sprinkle bird seeds all over it ..And you'll have a bird feeder !!!

Melissa - posted on 10/17/2013

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Nature mobile; long stck, string, flowers, leaves, etc
Take stick and attach string in a row. Attach nature stems to string, hang mobile with left over string.
Nature bookmarks; contact paper and nature items, hole puncher and string
Cut contact paper into wide strips, place nature items between pieces. Hole punch end and tie string through
Leaf painting and rubbings

Amanda Lynn - posted on 09/19/2013

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have you tried pinterest ? if not just google it and and in the search box type in kids crafts they will have so many things for you to do with your kids that you will never have to wonder what to do with them again.. the best thing about this site is not only is it for the kids but for you as well anyone there are so many topics.. give it a try when i go on i have a hard time getting off because it's full of ideas ect... ENJOY !!

Brittany - posted on 09/15/2013

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pine cone bird feeder.........paint peanut butter on a pine cone then roll it in bird seed then tie a string to the top of it and hang it in a tree and enjoy the birds. Also a pick some leaves put a piece of paper over top of it and rub a crayon over it and then you have a lovely leaf picture.

Carletta - posted on 09/10/2013

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When I was a child, my granddad would take me to the park in the Fall and teach me about which trees were which. I would collect leaves from the trees and take them home. My grandma would then help me iron them between two sheets of wax paper. I would then label them so I could remember which leaf came from which tree. Fall is the perfect time to do this when the leaves are all different colors.

Jessy Lou - posted on 09/08/2013

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maybe you can also try to soak it (esp dried pine cones) in scented oil or anything scented and then you can use it as decoration around your house.

Dinaboorn - posted on 08/26/2013

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We used to press flowers in a big book and when we needed to send a greeting card, pull them out and glue onto the paper.

Mommy - posted on 08/12/2013

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I've always liked having my girls help gather little sticks, rocks, shells, flowers, leaves to build little fairy houses in semi hidden spots of the yard. It's cute seeing what they come up with for the fairies. My four year old step daughter loves doing this now. I tell her in the day boy fairies ride on dragonflies and girl fairies ride on butterflies.

Melissa - posted on 07/02/2013

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Another fun nature crafts is (depending on how old your children are) to collect items from different places, (trips, walks, parks) and place them into a jar and fill with rice or sand. Then they can move the jar around and see all their objects! You can do an eye spy kind of game on rainy days! (Big jars work great like the Costco sized peanut butter). If you have more than one child, you can have each child fill it up for the other child and on long drives the can guess how many items are in it or what is in it! Hope this helps!!!!

Eve - posted on 06/28/2013

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One of my daughters is into Harry Potter so she turned her stick into a "magic wand," and my other daughter is into The Hunger Games so she made a bow and arrows. I've also seen them pound different colored flowers in little cups, add a bit of water, then use it for watercolor paintings; make pictures with different textures by rubbing leaves, pine needles, and tree bark; they even use sticks, acorns, and pebbles to make their own games like tic-tac-toe and mancala. Let your kids' imagination figure out on their own how to use different materials found in nature, and they will surprise you with crafts you might not even think of!

Barbara - posted on 06/20/2013

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Depending on the flexibility of the sticks you could make a wreath or a head piece. I've had friends who braided flowers into a head piece. With pine cones you could roll them in peanut butter and then in bird seed to make a hanging bird snack.

Sal - posted on 06/10/2013

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After a friend had a party she had loads of florist foam and trays left over she gave it to the kids to make their own arrangements, we went around the garden and park picked anything they liked and made arrangements they lasted ages then composted and reused the trays and foam...

Christy - posted on 06/08/2013

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Leaf tracings, tiny house (fairy house) out of sticks and decorate with other items, flower wreaths for girls to wear on their heads, sculptures of people or silly creatures made out of nature items...

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I saw something on Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood on PBS where they used the leaves and flowers from outside to make pictures. It looked adorable on TV. :-)

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