No matter what the season is nature crafts for kids are always a good idea and they’re the perfect excuse to get outside too. You can look for leaves and pinecones in autumn, flowers in spring or summer and even in winter when things seem a bit thin on the ground you can always go and do a bit of rock hunting.
Like most parents I try to encourage a love of nature in my kids and I think that getting hands on with nature is the best way to do this. Also it’s a lot cheaper to use a pinecone you found in your garden to craft with than it is to spend loads of money buying new materials.
All the crafts I’m sharing today use natural materials and are inspired by nature with seashells, rocks, leaves and flowers all taking a centre stage.
Like the crafts I’m sharing today? make sure that you bookmark this page or pin an image so you’ve got them to hand when you need them, plus keep reading for more ideas for easy crafts and activities to share with your children.
The posts that I’m sharing today can be found in the same order that you’ll find them in the two collages below to make it easier for you to find your favourites or get a better idea of what they’ll look like. There’s more nature crafts and activities in this round up than just those shown in the collages though so do take a read through to get some more inspiration.
A Little Pinch of Perfect shares how to make some beautiful nature suncatchers.
These butterfly number stones are easy to make and a great way to practice numeracy together too.
Follow this tutorial from Messy Little Monster to make a Tic Tac Toe game using natural materials.
These frozen flowers are always really popular and they look really pretty too. I’ve shared a video showing how this is made to this page so take a look if you’d like to see it in action. It’s so simple to set up!
If you’ve got some leftover contact paper in the house then this flower garden sticky wall is great for younger kids.
This tree and nature craft for kids was inspired by my daughters love of looking for leaves and flowers in our garden to play with. It’s got a free printable with it so it’s easy to set up.
This goop with flowers kept my daughter entertained for ages.
These sea themed story stones are perfect for encouraging creative writing and storytelling or you could use them instead as inspiration for some painted rocks to hide.
These easy birdfeeders are great for kids to make and the perfect way for them to help encourage more nature into your garden.
These acorn necklaces from Rhythms of Play would be a great craft to make together and they look absolutely fantastic!
I adore this bookmark craft from Buggy and Buddy that uses pressed flowers.
Don’t mind a bit of sensory play with natural materials? Check out this flower playdough.
Make these simple driftwood aliens.
Make some simple camping story stones.
Keep cool with this flower sensory soup that’s perfect for spring and summer.
Why not try this painting activity with pinecones!
Rhythms of Play shares how to make a gorgeous daisy craft from shells.
More Easy Crafts for Kids
If your kids love the outdoors why not try making these sweet teepees – there’s a free printable to help you as well.
Or if you’d like to try your hand at some more DIY bird feeders then this round up is perfect with lots of fun ideas to help the wildlife in your back yard.
Finally for more crafts inspired by nature why not check out this round up of leaf crafts.