The kids used some of their free time over their winter break to tinker. Inspired by the movie Tinker Bell, which they saw during the break for the first time, they went outdoors to gather their materials.
Some of their materials turned out to be a bit too large to bring inside, but most fit inside their gathering box without any trouble. They brought in sticks, leaves, and rocks.
Once inside, they added a few man-made materials: scissors, tape, markers, stamps, yarn, and fabric scraps.
Emma soon turned an empty cereal box into a squirrel nest. She added a small hat and various articles of squirrel clothing made from paper scraps and fabric scraps. She also turned sticks into fishing poles and signs.
Johnny made a blanket for his baby doll, who he then put to sleep.
Lily decided that was a great idea – and with a tiny amount of assistance, her baby soon had a blanket too!
I’m hoping to see a LOT of nature crafting this spring and summer!
MaryAnne lives is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.
18 thoughts on “Nature Crafts for Kids”
I love when the kids get our and enjoy the outdoors even when it’s cold!
Love your nature crafting!
Love their nature crafting!
Glad you liked the venn diagram I linked up. It was lots of fun :)
Lori @ Cachey Mama’s Classroom
I loved it! Added it to my math pinterest board =)
Yah, getting kinda cold for outsides stuff : ( The squirrel nest is such a great idea and I love how your children take such good care of their babies. Gathering outside is so great for creativity and good idea bring the big box out with you for collecting!
Cute! Abby loves that Tinkerbell movie and is always building things. Do you have any Tinker Toys? Abby has used them to make something almost every single day, since we bought them for Christmas 4 years ago! I highly recommend them, as they are open ended toys. Ours are the plastic pink ones.
What a lovely open ended activity. I love the paper blankets too.
I always enjoy seeing your children imagination at work. Bringing outside inside is not something my husband is thrilled about, but I see how much fun it can be.
What sweet children. My children do a lot of dressing up their babies and stuffed animals and although it can get messy, I love it.
Looks like a lot of fun was had… nothing better than bundled up kids out running off some energy!
Love that they have a gathering box! My son ADORES collecting things on walks and we have a little “Nature bag”.
Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!
You did a wonderful job capturing the magic of make-believe with your photos, MaryAnne! And I love Emma’s coat! I wonder if she would let me borrow it during my winter here when it’s summer time for her? :)
The picture of Johnny with the baby is adorable!
What fun! They look like they have wonderful imaginations!
I love that picture of Johnny! Looks like a lot of fun was had.
Isn’t he sweet? I love watching him take care of his babies =)
I always love to see what children come up with.Such a joy to watch them create something.Thanks for sharing.My daughter is also into Tinkerbell at the moment,must rent the film for her ;)
She will love it =)
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