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….
The other week I had a virus which meant that we couldn’t go out and were limited to our house or garden. Unsurprisingly I didn’t have much energy either but it was nice to be able to get outside in the garden with the kids and sit around while they played. While we were outside my daughter kept wanting to pick flowers and leaves to show me and to make things with (I had a lot of leaf ‘ice creams’) which got me thinking about other ways we could use her new found treasures. Our free tree printable seemed the obvious answer, making a great starting place for a cute nature craft for kids.
I’m delighted to be sharing some ideas today about learning outside to help promote Outdoor Classroom Day. With two young kids myself I know how much more fun they have when they learn outside and when kids are having fun they’re far more interested in what they are actually learning!Children today have less time than ever to play outdoors and research by the Dirt is Good campaign found that 1 in 10 children said they never play outside on an average day. Outdoor Classroom Day takes place on May 18th and you can sign up here to join in, just take at least one lesson outside and show how important playtime is for children. Of course if you need some ideas for learning outside then hopefully this will help you!
This weekend we had a brilliant day out at a beach hut on Mersea Island. It was so chilled out, nothing to do but chill in a deck chair while the kids played with buckets and spades and hunted for crabs. During the week we’d been sent a copy of ‘The Beach Book’ to review, a lovely book that’s full of ideas for things that you can do at the beach without needing any special materials or spending any cash. We love sea crafts for kids and as we had all day to laze around I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to try out some fun beach activities for kids from the book!