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5 Fun Nature Crafts to Do with Kids
Paint Fairy Rocks
Go on a nature walk with your kids to gather rocks from your property. Set out a variety of kids safe paints and let them go to town painting them all different colors. Add drawings or words if desired with a permanent marker. Get the full tutorial here.
Ladybug Bug Jar
Help kids learn to observe bugs and creepy crawlies by making a bug jar with an empty jar from your kitchen. Bugs are an important part of your backyard eco system, so be sure to practice catch and release bugging! Learn how to make this bug jar here.
Make a lovely bouquet of "roses" made from pinecones, sticks and craft paper! Half the fun is gathering the materials you want to use while playing outside! Get the full tutorial for pinecone roses here.
Make a Fairy Bracelet
One of my son's favorite things to do on nature walks to make fairy bracelets! Giving kids a place to gather the treasures they find while walking helps them pay attention to the little details around them instead of just walking by. Learn how to make fairy bracelets here.
Paint a Birdhouse
No matter how old your kids are, everyone loves making their own birdhouse! Birdhouses can be picked up inexpensively at your local craft or home improvement store and then painted however you'd like. Hang it in a safe spot in your backyard to encourage your feathered friends to take up residence. Learn more about painting birdhouses here.
Get lots more great ideas for learning and exploring in your backyard from TurfMutt & The Outdoor Powers (including even more nature crafts!). The TurfMutt Site has free ebooks, printable activity sheets, interactive games and more! It's a great place to explore outdoor learning ideas and concepts with your kids. If you are a teacher or homeschool parent, they even have a special teacher site with ideas and activities that are perfect for the whole class. Be sure to visit the site to enhance your Earth Day learning and activities this year.
About the Author:
Carissa is a green lifestyle expert and mom of two boys. The owner and lead writer for Creative Green Living, she is also the author of two e-books including the best-selling beverage cookbook, Infused: Recipes for Herb & Fruit Infused Water, Tea and More. You can also find her recipes featured in The Non-GMO Cookbook as well as in periodicals like Urban Farm Magazine. Her goal is to empower families to make healthier choices that are easy, taste great and are fun!
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