My daughter and I are always trying to come up with new arts & crafts ideas. My 4 year old has quite the creative mind & brings a lot of amazing ideas to the table. We like to think of new projects, but there are still some favorites that we can do over & over again. My daughter’s favorite activity is making nature islands out of clay & items that we collect from our yard. We gather art supplies from our backyard often.
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Yesterday, we collected a pile of small pebbles and then rinsed & dried them off. We were originally going to make our nature islands, but my daughter inspired us towards a different direction.
Yesterday was a beautiful autumn day. With the weather getting cooler everyday, I wanted to make sure that we enjoyed every second of the outdoors as we could before the cold weather hits. We went for a walk to look at the foliage, we flew a kite & cleaned up our yard. The leaves have begun to fall & so have the acorns. Our yard is covered in acorns. My daughter helped me gather up the acorns. We filled up her Hello Kitty bag with them. Now what we were going to do with them all?
We made some beautiful winter crafts last year with clay and nature. We loved them so much, that we wanted to try something similar again for the fall. I am glad that we did. These fall tree mosaics came out just lovely and are perfect the upcoming season.
It is amazing the beautiful things that you can create with nature materials. Whether you are painting nature items or leaving them natural in your crafts, the results are amazing. We love using leaves in our crafts. There is a wonderful variety of shapes and sizes to choose from, so your possibilities are endless. Peacocks are a favorite of ours, so it was only a matter of time that we made a nature peacock. This easy leaf peacock is gorgeous and includes a free printable template for your convenience.
If you heart nature and nature crafts like we do, you will surely love these gorgeous nature hearts.
My daughter and I love the outdoors. Being outside is therapy for the mind and for the body. Nothing brings me greater joy than watching my little girl running, playing and splashing outside. There is one thing that we love almost as much as being out in the nature and that is making nature crafts. In fact, we cannot go on a hike or walk without my daughter gathering rocks or acorns or pine cones for arts and craft projects. She has nature collections scattered everywhere. What better way for us to show our love for nature than with these beautiful nature hearts?
These spring dandelions sure do make dandy little lions.
The spring has sprung and so have all of the dandelions. If your yard is anything like mine, it is covered in them. My daughter loves to pick them. She weeds our yard all the time and doesn’t even realize it. She picked me a bunch the other day and we started talking about how dandelion sounds like dandy lion. My daughter cleverly pointed out to me that the dandelion looked like a lion’s mane. That is what inspired this simple “dandy lions” nature craft.
I am certain that I have said it a million times, but my daughter loves creating with nature. It doesn’t matter if we are making land art outside or crafting with it indoors, she loves it all. We share ideas with each other all of the time. I love coming up with new and fun projects for us to do together, but I love it even more when she takes the lead. She has a beautifully creative mind and it is wonderful to listen to her thought process. These nature jungle landscapes were the product of my daughter’s artistic mind and I love them.
Nature and watercolors combine to make a beautiful and fun piece of process art.
With the warmer weather here, we have been playing outdoors a lot more. All of this outdoor play means our nature boxes are filling up with great supplies for art projects and crafts. We gather and collect nature items all of the time and set them aside in boxes. It is fun to find different shaped leaves, rocks and cool looking plants. My five year old loves to glue nature items to paper to make collages. That is where we found inspiration for this nature and watercolors project.
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This adorable leaf bunny nature craft is perfect for the springtime and Easter.
We have a rhododendron bush in our front yard. I love the leaves from that bush and pick them off often to use for arts and crafts projects with my daughter. The last time we worked with them, my brother-in-law stopped over and suggested that we could make Easter bunnies with them because the leaves looked like bunny ears. Brilliant! Now why didn’t I think of that? Either way, I used his great idea and made this adorable leaf bunny.
The winter is officially here and we enjoyed a couple of snowy days this week to welcome the start of winter. We played outside in the snow all day yesterday and took in all of the beauty of the season. Watching the snowfall and looking at the snow-covered trees was enough to inspire some winter crafting.
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We love working with clay and nature items. We have a collection of sticks and stones set aside for occasions just like this.