My children choose to read math books and study the pros and cons of the current presidential election candidates in their free time. Getting them to play outside – especially for an extended period – can be a challenge. This is especially true since our current outdoor space at home is a concrete patio. I have learned that, if I can get them outside thinking creatively, they are much more likely to stay there! This creative nature design challenge is one of my favorite ways to launch a day of outdoor exploration and pretend play!
Creative Nature Design Challenge for Children: What Can You Make with Nature?
Since we don’t have a proper yard, this challenge starts with collecting. The kids use their old Easter baskets to find things in our neighborhood that they want to create with. Once home, they spread out their materials. From there, the sky is the limit!
On the day I took these photos, ten-year-old Emma and 8-year-old Johnny worked together to transform our shoe rack into an elaborate store display. This nature shop was used for hours of pretend play!
Six-year-old Lily and three-year-old Anna worked together to create this bird sanctuary, inspired by the bird feeders they made last fall.
Sometimes my children simply sort the materials to make collections. My kids have even used plants to make costumes! They are experimenting more and more with using bits and pieces of nature to create artistic scenes.
What would you create with the items in this basket?
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Ten-year-old Emma stole our copy of 101 Things for Kids To Do Outside the second our review copy arrived. As you can tell, she found a few activities that she wants to try! While the cover art is adorable, the photos inside are stunning! This book is full of creative, easy, and original ideas that your kids will adore. Here are a few of the activities Emma wants to try:
- Explore with an underwater viewer
- Make new plants
- Brew your own plant food
And many more fantastic ideas that you need to discover with your own children!
What is your favorite creative nature design challenge?This post is part of Timberdoodle’s outdoor learning blog hop. Share your links below.
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