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10 Fantastic Ways To Use Nature For Kid’s Crafts

10 Fantastic Ways To Use Nature For Kid’s Crafts

The next time you go for a nature walk gather gather supplies and check out these ways to use nature for kid’s crafts!

Nature can be so wondrous for kids. Finding fun new items to play and create with is just one of the many reasons kids love being outside. And while your kids can probably find tons of things to do with that stick, coming up with creative ways to use those found items can be a little more difficult for adults.

The next time you head outside, look for these 10 items found in nature and add them to your craft supply stash so you can use them on your next project. These are great ways to use nature for kid’s crafts!

ways to use nature for kids crafts

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Sticks

One of the most popular items for kids to collect during their time outside, sticks also make great craft supplies. There are so many different ways you and your kids can use sticks in your next craft project. Consider using sticks to make some of these fun projects:

  • Glue sticks together to create a photo frame.
  • Decorate a stick with paint, ribbon, and stickers to make a magic wand.
  • Use sticks as paint brushes to create a work of art.
  • Hang your favorite photos from a stick to create a photography mobile.

ways to use nature for kids crafts

Flowers

Most kids love picking flowers outside, but did you know you could also use those wildflowers in your next craft project? There are a variety of fun ways to use flowers when crafting, like:

  • Dip the flowers in paint and use them as a paint brush.
  • Press the flowers and use them to create a pretty bookmark.
  • Make a crown of flowers by tying the stems together.

ways to use nature for kids crafts

Shells

If you live near a beach, shell collecting is a great way to enjoy time in the sand. And you can use all those pretty shells for your next kid’s craft! These fun shell projects are a great way to use nature while crafting:

  • Paint the shells and turn them into a pretty necklace.
  • Use the shells in a beach-themed sensory bin.
  • Add a Christmas touch to the shells and turn them into ornaments.

ways to use nature for kids crafts

 

Nuts

From acorns to walnuts, there are so many different types of nuts your kids can find when they’re outside. And all these nuts make great additions to your craft supply collection! The next time your kids find some nuts in your yard, consider one of these fun projects:

  • Paint the nuts in different colors and create patterns with them on paper.
  • Decorate the nuts and string them on a piece of twine to create a necklace.
  • Use different sized nuts, along with other craft supplies, like felt and googly eyes, to create mini animals.

ways to use nature for kids crafts

Leaves

During the fall months, colorful leaves are everywhere. But leaves make great craft supplies no matter what time of year it is. The next time your kids find cool leaves in the yard, bring them in and make one of these fun crafts:

  • Place the leaves under a piece of paper and rub a crayon on top to make pretty leaf rubbings.
  • Use the leaves as a stamp by dipping them in paint and pressing them onto a piece of paper.

ways to use nature for kids crafts

Pine Cones

Another great natural item to search for during fall are pine cones. Pine cones are great for creating so many fun art projects, like:

  • Add eyes, a nose, and feathers or fur and turn pine cone into a cute animal.
  • Paint the pine cones in different colors and use them to decorate your house.

ways to use nature for kids crafts

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Stones

Rocks and stones are another fun collectible kids often search for when they’re outside. And there are a variety of ways your kids can use stones and rocks in their next art project. These fun kid’s crafts are a great way to use stones you find outside:

  • Paint the stones with different designs or decorate them with animal faces.
  • Add googly eyes, feathers, or yarn to a large stone to turn it into a silly monster.
  • Decorate the stone with paint and attach it to a string to make a necklace.
  • Use stones to create a fairy garden.

ways to use nature for kids crafts

Straw or Hay

The next time you cover your garden with straw or have extra grass clippings after mowing the lawn, save them for crafting. Straw or hay is great for creating all kinds of nature inspired projects:

  • Build a bird’s nest out of dried grass.
  • Use the straw or hay as a paint brush to create a pretty picture.

ways to use nature for kids crafts

Bark

The fun texture of bark makes it an interesting craft element. And there are tons of great ways your kids can use bark in their next art project:

  • Use pieces of bark to frame their favorite drawing.
  • Paint the bark fun colors.
  • Do a bark rubbing by placing pieces under a paper and coloring over the top with a crayon.

ways to use nature for kids crafts

 

Seeds

Planting seeds in your garden is a great learning experience for your kids, but they can also have some artistic fun with seeds, too. 

  • Add seeds to a bottle, then decorate the bottle to create a fun music maker.
  • Use the seeds to add texture to a drawing or painting.

ways to use nature for kids crafts

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