Nature crafts for kids

There’s a moment (around about the 44th episode of Paw Patrol) when everyone needs to get outside. Use a walk to the park as a chance to collect leaves, petals and pebbles and then bring them home to try these easy nature crafts.

Nature building blocks: chilled sensory play for all ages!

What you’ll need: ice tray, nature finds, water

What to do:

1. Ask your child to look for little bits of nature treasure: petals, leaves, buttercups and daisies. Tell them you’re going to use magic to turn them into building blocks!
2. When you get home, they can place a find in each hole of an ice cube tray. You can also do this with berries or herbs from your kitchen. Then freeze.
2. Pop out the ice cubes for your child to play with. Can they build towers, sort them by colour or type, whizz them around a tray, or simply melt them with their fingers in a bowl of water.

If you’ve used fruit instead of flowers, you can even put the ice cubes into drinks.

Perfect painting: make some nature paintbrushes.

What you’ll need: sticks, elastic bands, foliage

What to do:

1. Collect ferns, leaves, flowers or rough foliage.
2. When you get home, attach them to a wooden spoon using an elastic band (it’s easiest to twist the band on the stick first and then to poke in the leaves).
3. Now, your kids can use the paintbrush and a few bright colours to do some painting. The leaves will create new patterns and textures.

A minibeast masterpiece: observe bugs and then draw them!

Pebble pals: collect some stones to paint.

What you’ll need: pebbles, paint

What to do:

1. Ask your child to choose a couple of nice stones or pebbles.
2. Bring them home so your child so they can paint them. They could turn one into a bee, a ladybird, a mouse or something else.
3. To make this bee, we glued on googly eyes and tin foil wings. Improvise with what you have at home.