Kid crafts inspired by nature - give us your suggestions!
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Shannon - posted on 09/12/2013
my kids and I made a fairy house, glued Everything to a shoe box, made furniture with whatever we found, left it outside and can you believe it, Fairy dust ( aka ) glitter was found dusted in the house the next morning. Never did see the fairies, but fairy dust just doesn't appear......
Neha - posted on 08/21/2013
You can make beautiful candle stsnds using pine cones.take a small basketand fix a beautifully decorated pine cone in the centrearound which dried leaves and flowers can be arranged .on the top of pine stick one candle and decorate in your washroom or balcony.
Vanessa - posted on 06/25/2013
I learned about a cool thing to do outside. Making Nature Circles or Nature mandalas. So we go out for a hike and collect some of our favorite things, or settle in one place. Sometimes we bring little bits of things from home. Sometimes we just focus on one thing like rocks or leaves. And we always leave it there to surprise someone else.
Even my three year old can do this. Great question. I'll enjoy reading other ideas.
Carol - posted on 12/01/2013
You can make flower crowns ! You can also transfer pigment of flowers and leaves onto fabric or white paper using a hammer or something to beat it with . You can also get creative and make pine cone characters find other items such as rocks and leaves to glue on it and make them come to life !
Jaina - posted on 11/30/2013
Bark rubbings: paper and crayon on tree bark
Wreathes: Use pine branches to make wreathes for christmas
Flower Crown: Tie/weave long stemmed wild flowers such a daisies and chicory together to make a circle/hoop. Fill in the empty spots with other wild flowers you find.
Pick wild black berries together and use to make freezer jelly or a pie.
carve a pumpkin (hey they come from nature too)
Make a fire fly cage with wood and window screen or a mason jar and window screen. decorate it and then fill it up with lightning bugs. let them go in the morning.
Catch a toad. Build him a toad habitat with dirt, grass, leaves, shallow water, and a rock shelter to hide in. in a 10 gallon tank or other simmilar sized cage. Feed him fishing bate worms. Keep him as an overnight or weekend pet. Observe him and study toades online to learn about their life cycle, habitat, food sources, etc. Keep him as an over night or weekend pet and then let him go back into the wild.
Plant a garden together.
Grow bird house gords then use them to make bird houses.
Collect things from nature then glue/tape them to paper to make a picture.
Make dye: Smoosh things like berries, leaves, flowers ect to make die/paint. Use it to paint a picture of the things you made the paint out of.
Jaina - posted on 11/30/2013
Nature Bracelets: Give each child a masking tape bracelet sticky side out. Have them add things they find around the yard to their nature bracelet. Ex)leaves, flowers, twigs, tinny pebbels etc. Make sure to specify no bugs.
Nature prints 1: Put leaves or other nature finds on a fast faiding paper such as construction paper and place it in the sun. When the paper is faided remove the leaves to see a dark spot in their shape where they were.
Nature prints 2: Smoosh fresh flowers and leaves between white paper with a hammer or wood block to transfer pigments to paper.
Preserve flowers and leaves between wax paper in a phone book. Identify and study the species you found.
Pine cone bird feeders: Put peanut butter and bird seed on a pine cone on a string. Make several and hang them up in your yard in a spot you can see from a window. Identify and study the species you atract with a bird ID book or a websight like whatbird.com. Experiment with different bird foods to attract more species. Ex)thistle to get finches, peanuts and suit to get wood peckers and jays, etc.
Pine cone pets: Use pom poms feathers and googily eyes to add ears noses and legs etc and make your pine cone pet come to life.
Stick figures: Glue/tie twigs together to make stick figure people and animals.
Martha - posted on 11/23/2013
Acorns make great little heads for spool dolls. Wooden spools are best if you are lucky enough to have some. Drill a little hole cross wise through the spool near one end. Insert about 1/2 of a pipe cleaner for arms. Glue the acorn on for a head. Hot glue is quick, but needs careful supervision. Painting or pasting on paper cut outs for clothes or features adds details.
Heather A - posted on 09/19/2013
MILKWEED POD ORNAMENTS
I did a fall/winter craft with my kids that is easy and fun and made great gifts to give at Christmas instead of running around and buying things.
When the Milkweeds are ready to pop, pick as many as you'd like and set them in a dry place for them to dry. As they dry, they get brown and the fluffy stuff (seeds) inside start popping out, so it CAN be messy, but after they split totally, take out the fluffy stuff and finish the split down the centers, keeping the pods.
**the seeds inside look like fish scales, we liked to split the pods and take out the seeds to see what they're like, then I'd let the kids pull the seeds and let them fly in the wind.
After the pods are empty and have completely dried out, you'll need only:
Glue Gun or Tacky Glue
Itty bitty teeny tiny ornaments you can get at any craft store
Acrylic Paint in metallic or glitter
Once the pods are all dry and brown, and split in half, you can paint them in any way you want, I liked clear glitter paint on the outside, and a luminescent white on the inside of the pod. This is easy for even small children to do. After the paint is all dry, choose bric-a-brac and hot glue it around the open part, where the pod attached to itself. (One pod makes two ornaments) Be sure to leave either a nice sized loop of the bric-a-brac for hanging on the tree, or you can attach fishing line or yarn at the place where the bric-a-brac meets; which should be at the point of the pod.
Using a hot glue gun or tacky glue, put a small dollop of glue inside the pod and place one of the little ornaments in it. After it dries you're done! Everyone we gave these to just loved them, and both my kids adored doing it. We actually wound up with a gazillion of them left over because we had so much fun doing them. NOW is the time to pick milkweed pods, so get out there, enjoy looking at the cool bugs on the plants and pick yourself some milkweed pods, then split them open so the kids can see how amazing the inside looks.
Let me know how you liked this project!!
Crista - posted on 07/27/2013
My kids make bird feeders from pine cones, peanut butter and bird seeds. I have let them cut out a tree trunk from construction paper then glued different colored leaves in the fall. In the summer we use icecubes to "draw" on the sidewalk! I have let them use sand in the same way as glitter by making shapes from glue and then sprinkling sand on top. We have done leaf rubbing and pressing. We have made fairy houses from sticks, rocks and leaves. My daughter LOVES painting rocks big and little. We used her big ones as decorations in the flower bed. The sky's the limit!!
Fiona - posted on 06/21/2013
have a nature table with magnifying glass and natures treasures, always a winner for preschool age.......
or maybe some screen printing onto old t-shirts.....with leaf shape, flower shape etc...........or maybe screen print a dooner cover with shapes..........
Rachel - posted on 06/12/2013
My mother taught me how to press flowers with newspaper and two heavy books. It's a little time-consuming, but it teaches your kids patience, and there's all sorts of things you can do with pressed flowers, like scrap booking and greeting cards, jewelry and even just making a collection...
Mary - posted on 05/28/2013
A huge favorite of my 4 y/o and her friends is "Garden Soup". Each girl gets a little basket, and we go on a walk through the woods. They collect whatever they want - leaves, flowers, berries, acorns, etc. We bring our cache home, and put water in a large plastic container (I use a storage bin with 4 girls, but a large serving bowl if it's just my daughter alone) and some large serving spoons ( a mixture of slotted spoons, regular spoons, and a serving ladle). The girls have a blast mixing up their "soup", and then ladling it out in smaller bowls to serve.
Jakie - posted on 05/21/2013
You could make a wreath with pine cones, sticks, leaves, and flowers. this is something that i did with my daughter and we hung it on the front door. Every time someone comes to the house she points it out telling them how mommy and her made it. It is something very special and meaningful that you can do with your children. Hugs from my family to yours.
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