Nature crafts are the perfect extension to a fun outdoor experience. If your little one is like mine, she likes to collect little tokens from our outdoor excursions. Whether it be pebbles, fallen leaves, or sticks you can be sure they add up! And sure, we've taken these collections inside our house-only to be forgotten about later on, or left piles outside (also to be forgotten about), and of course have left them behind to remain a part of the habitat. But I have found that by creating a nature craft with these tokens of appreciation, you can reinforce positive and lasting memories in nature.
Craft Idea #1: Glittery Bird Nest What you will need:
Collection of small sticks
Clay to sculpt eggs
First look up pictures with your little one to see what a bird nest look like. Talk about the shape and what materials birds use to construct their nests. Find a picture that matches the materials your LO collected. What might be found inside the nests?
Cut a piece of cardboard into a circle
Have your little one break sticks into smaller pieces
Glue sticks around perimeter of cardboard and build up. Use lots of glue!
Have your little one sprinkle glitter on the drippy wet glue. (The bottom of a paper shopping bag makes a great glitter collector and work surface)
Role clay into egg shapes. Clay that hardens preferred.
Craft Options: Use only natural materials. Paint eggs blue for American robin eggs. Put your nest in a tree. Share your #GlitteryBirdNest #NatureCrafts with @nycadventuremom or on Facebook!