Kid crafts inspired by nature - give us your suggestions!

Circle Of Moms Editors - posted on 05/21/2013 ( 13 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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Jeannine - posted on 11/01/2013

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What about gathering all the falling leaves, and a few branches on wood from the tree and making a decorated fall wreath with the the family. Mostly for the kiddos. To hang on the door.

Spider (Pat) - posted on 09/06/2013

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chestnut chains, chestnut animals, flowerchains, tinsel made from colored leaves, potatoe stamps, color stones, the list is endless....

Bridget - posted on 08/10/2013

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As far as sticks, you could build a miniature sized house with it. with flowers, you could make a necklace into it(leis).

Teresa - posted on 07/07/2013

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Leaaf impressions are always neat, even pine needles. AT cubscouts we coated a oine cone with peanut butter and dippe dit in birdseed to hang out in the yard. Kids lovve anything outdoors, even just preserving flowers and leaves on paper excites kids.

Dee - posted on 06/21/2013

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I let my kids find rocks, then paint them with finger paint, we decorate our deck with their masterpieces. Sometimes we have made 'rock people' and glued googly eyes to them.

Cathy - posted on 05/29/2013

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One of the nature activities we like to do from www.thelittleapp.com is to collect leaves of different colors and sizes on a walk. When we get home, I wipe them down with baby wipe, then we draw a big tree trunk on construction paper. My daughter likes to take her time to glue each leaf onto the tree to create a little piece of 3D art for the house!

A - posted on 05/27/2013

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Wrap pipe cleaners around twigs and pinecones to make animals/monsters/people.

My one year old boy likes 'flower arranging' , we collect twigs with blossoms/leaves on and he puts them in a big vase copying me when I do the real thing.

Elizabeth - posted on 05/23/2013

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Oh one really great craft my daughter's daycare is doing: they learning about different weather patterns, so one day they made a sun visor, and the next day they made a little umbrella. They also made a smiling sun on a popsicle stick and they glued paper "rain drops" to a piece of paper underneath a cotton ball cloud.

Elizabeth - posted on 05/23/2013

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My toddler thinks pine cones are poop. Many flowers and leaves could potentially be poisonous, I learned from a news letter my neighborhood puts out monthly.

However, you could paint with leaves and sticks, put leaves and flowers under a piece of paper and color over it lightly with crayons to get the imprint, you could press and dry flower in a book and then keep them on the page and write info about it next to the dried flower. You could make a birds nest or small house out of sticks, you could cover a pine cone in peanut butter and bird seed and hang it from a tree. There are many kid friendly activities you can do with things found in nature, just as long as you have an awareness of what could be harmful to your child.

Also planting seeds with your child and creating a little garden is always a good idea, just find out what is in season.

Cecilia - posted on 05/22/2013

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Leaf rubbings-

the easiest way for toddlers to do it is to tape a piece of paper to the floor, leaves on top and then tape another page on top.

Rub with crayons

Then to take it a step further you can use watered down food coloring and let them paint over the whole thing. It makes a really nice design and something anyone would be proud to hang on their wall.

Cecilia - posted on 05/22/2013

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Another not dealing with things you find but still dealing with nature-

Get some card stock and washable markers

Let the kids draw what ever it is they want.

Leave it out in the rain (not a downpour of course)

Bring it in and let it dry.

Cecilia - posted on 05/22/2013

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coffee grounds fossil-

mix 1 cup of used coffee grounds, 1/2 cup of water, 1 cup of flour and 1/2 cup of salt together in a large bowl.

roll out mix onto wax paper, press items in, let dry over night. (works for making handprints too)

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