Are you searching for inspiration on how to keep the kids busy? This selection of easy nature crafts for kids is a great place to start!
Nature craft and play is such a simple way for kids to explore the world around them and get creative. You don’t need lots of fancy equipment, money or crafting skills to make some really beautiful creations. Making crafts from nature is also very eco-friendly, because you’re using natural materials that haven’t been manufactured and can be easily recycled.
And of course, nature crafts are perfect when it comes to getting kids active and keeping them entertained without spending a fortune! Engaging with nature can have a really positive impact on mental health and wellbeing too.
Easy nature crafts for kids
I’ve rounded up 25 lovely kids nature crafts that you can do with materials from your garden or park – perfect for combining some outdoor activity with a fun craft. Scroll down for online resources for nature craft ideas too.
A Year of Nature Craft & Play
You might also like to take a look at my new book, *A Year of Nature Craft & Play. I’ve written it with Becky from A Beautiful Space and it’s filled with ideas for nature play – including gardening projects, crafts, fun games, art and science activities. There are 52 budget-friendly activities, one for every week of the year, all with easy-to-follow instructions and colourful photos.
25 easy nature crafts for kids
My Natural noughts and crosses game is easy to make using sticks and whatever else you can find in the garden. You can play it again and again too.
These Wishing trees from Baby Budgeting are a lovely way to bring nature into your home and encourage kids to focus on positive thoughts.
My Journey sticks are one of our favourite nature crafts, and are brilliant for avoiding boredom on a nature walk. They’re also great for encouraging discussion about nature and how to take care of it.
These Fairy houses from Red Ted Art are just lovely, and kids can have fun decorating and furnishing them once they’re made.
My Homemade bird feeders are lots of fun to make and will give your local wild birds a treat.
These Spring Blossom Sun Catchers from The Gingerbread House are ideal for helping kids learn about the changing seasons. They’re also another great way to bring nature into your home.
My Twig-wrapped flower pots can be made in all sizes to suit whatever pots and sticks you have. They make fab gifts for parents, grandparents and teachers too.
Apple printing from Simple Parenting is a super-simple nature art for kids to try. Even toddlers can have a go at it.
My Painted rocks are another good nature craft for very young children – although older kids love doing it too!
I love these Leaf Faces from Hodge Podge Days – so easy and guaranteed to raise a smile!
My Miniature gardens can be as simple or as complicated as you like, and are great inspiration for a nature treasure hunt.
These Leaf Butterflies from Daisies & Pie are ideal for exploring leaf shapes, sizes and colours.
My Nature clay pressings are a fun way to turn nature treasure into a unique piece of nature inspired art.
These Nature Paintbrushes from Messy Little Monster let kids explore texture and get creative with a range of natural materials.
My Flower pressing craft is an oldie but goodie – and you can use the pressed flowers to make beautiful artwork.
Mummy…Mummy…Mum! has a whole host of Stick & leaf crafts to try.
My Cookie cutter bird feeders are a fun twist on homemade bird feeders – they look great hanging in the garden too!
This Natural printing craft from Thimble & Twig is a lovely nature craft for kids that gets them really hands-on with leaves and flowers.
My Spooky spider plants are a fab way to combine gardening with craft – they’re particularly good for Halloween!
My DIY bee hotel is a fun nature craft that will also help to make your garden more wildlife friendly.
These Stick magic wands from Little Fish are perfect for little witches and wizards – I want one too!
This DIY Bug House from Emma Reed is another great craft that will also help local wildlife.
My Veggie creatures let kids have fun with their food – the sillier the creature, the better!
This DIY stepping stone from Red Kite Days lets kids turn nature treasure into a lovely garden ornament.
These Sticky Nature Cards from Craft Invaders are a great way to record a day outside.
My Leaf Prints need very little in the way of preparation, and combine outdoor play with indoor crafting – perfect for those days when the weather suddenly changes.
Online resources for nature crafts
If you’d like even more inspiration on nature activities with kids, take a look at these online resources.
Becky at A Beautiful Space has collated some fantastic ideas for nature projects and crafting with nature.
I co-host a Nature Crafts & Play Facebook group where we share lots of great tips and ideas for exploring and enjoying nature with children.
My nature craft Pinterest board is full of ideas for kids outdoor crafts, nature play suggestions, nature projects for kids, and crafts with nature as the theme.
You might also like to check out my posts on 60 fun things to do in the garden with kids and inspiring quotes about nature. I’ve also got free printable bucket lists full of ideas for spring, summer and autumn outdoor activities for kids.
And finally, if you like sharing your nature craft pictures on social media, you need my copy & paste nature hashtag lists!
I hope this list gives you lots of inspiration on nature activities for kids, and helps you keep the kids busy and creative. Happy crafting!
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