40+ Stunning Nature Crafts for Kids

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We’ve rounded up over 40+ stunning nature crafts for kids, and each one is a fantastic way to bring a little bit of the outdoors inside. Whether it’s rainy, sunny, or something in between, these crafts provide the perfect excuse to explore and appreciate the natural world a bit more.

Getting outside and gathering materials like leaves, twigs, flowers, and even rocks turns an ordinary walk into a treasure hunt. The kids get so pumped about finding the “right” leaf or the smoothest stone. It’s like each item they pick up sparks a little burst of imagination about what it could become. Once we get back home and start transforming these finds into art, it’s incredible to see their creativity come to life. Plus, it’s a wonderful break from screens and indoor noise.

Each of these 40+ crafts not only encourages a hands-on connection with nature but also helps develop fine motor skills, color recognition, and even a bit of patience. From leaf painting and rock decorating to creating whimsical fairy houses, there’s something in there for every age and interest. So, if you’re looking for a way to make the most out of the great outdoors and get those creative juices flowing, these nature crafts are a perfect choice. Let’s grab our adventure hats and see what nature has in store for us today!

Getting Into Nature

One of my favourite things to do before I had kids was to go hiking. When Iived in Japan (yes, I lived in Japan for about 2.5 years?!) I would go on long beautiful hikes all over Kyoto and other neighboring cities. When I returned home, I would try and find equally fun and interesting hikes. After having kids, I tried to continue my passion but hiking with little kids is not always easy especially when doing it solo and with twins.

Nature and Kids

But I do love getting into nature and love the idea of using nature in crafts. Whether it’s using leaves, twigs, rocks or flowers passed their prime, there are tons of ways to use nature in crafts. This list will be your inspiration to create with the nature in your backyard or neighborhood.


1. How to Make a Bug Hotel Craft

Ever thought about creating a cozy space for your garden critters? Making a bug hotel is not only super fun but it’s also a great way to teach kids about nature and the importance of insects in our ecosystem.

2. Nature Butterfly Sticky Wall Craft

Create a beautiful butterfly craft using items found in nature! This nature butterfly sticky wall craft is a fun and easy summer and spring craft for kids!

3. Nature Weaving for Kids

Get those little hands working with some beautiful outdoor weaving! Nature weaving is a creative way to blend art and natural elements, perfect for a day spent in the garden or a park.

4. DIY Hiking Stick Craft

Is your family ready for a hiking adventure? Customize your journey with DIY hiking sticks that kids can decorate as they explore the great outdoors.

5. Dandelion Turtle Craft

Turn those plentiful yard dandelions into adorable turtle crafts! It’s a simple and delightful way to engage kids with nature right in your backyard.

6. Dandelion Snail Threading Board

Snail crafts using dandelions? Yes, please! Create a snail threading board that’s not only cute but also great for developing fine motor skills.

7. Nature Turtle Sticky Wall

Create a sticky wall that’s full of nature and turtles! It’s an engaging activity that lets kids stick natural materials onto a surface to form turtle shapes and more.

8. How to Make A DIY Nature Journal

Encourage your little explorers to keep a nature journal. It’s a fantastic way to document all the cool leaves, flowers, and bugs they find!

9. Cardboard Nature Puzzle

Transform pieces of cardboard into a nature-inspired puzzle that challenges and delights. This craft combines creativity with problem-solving in a uniquely natural way.

10. Make Your Own Nature Paint Brushes

Swap out traditional paint brushes for ones made from nature! Gather twigs, leaves, and grasses to create unique art tools that bring a touch of the wild to your paintings.

11. How to Make Seed Bombs

Ready for a little guerrilla gardening with the kids? Making seed bombs is a blast, and it’s a hands-on way to help more flowers bloom wherever you toss them!

12. How to Make Sun Prints

Harness the power of the sun to make stunning prints! This craft is perfect for capturing the silhouettes of your favorite leaves and flowers.

13. Nature Walk Cardboard Vase Craft

After a nature walk, why not create a lovely vase from cardboard to display your found treasures? It’s an eco-friendly craft that brings the beauty of nature indoors.

14. Nature Weaving with Sticks

If you’re looking for a fun way to blend art with nature, you’ve got to try out some nature weaving crafts; they’re an awesome way to get creative with the beautiful bits and pieces you find outdoors.

15. Dandelion Bee Craft

Have you ever thought about turning those bright dandelions in your yard into something super cute? Make an adorable dandelion bee craft—it’s easier than you think and loads of fun!

16. Stunning Nature Crown

Feel like nature royalty with a handmade crown crafted from leaves, flowers, and twigs found during your outdoor adventures.

17. A Fun Flower Craft

Celebrate spring with a simple, joyful flower craft that’s perfect for kids wanting to express their creativity with a splash of color.

18. Nature Hunt Cardboard Hearts

Turn a nature hunt into a crafty afternoon by creating cardboard hearts decorated with natural items. It’s a heartwarming way to connect with nature.

19. Make a Magic Wand with A Stick

Every young wizard needs a magic wand! Craft one using a simple stick and natural embellishments like leaves and flowers.

20. DIY Binoculars with Pressed Flowers

Fashion a pair of binoculars from recycled materials and make them extra special by decorating with pressed flowers—ideal for a young explorer!

21. Fairy Nature Wings

Let imagination take flight with fairy wings crafted from leaves and flowers. It’s a magical way to integrate nature into play.

22. DIY Nature Craft Construction Set

Build a nature-inspired construction set from sticks, leaves, and whatever else you can find outside. It’s like a natural LEGO set!

23. Art Class at Home: Painted Flower Pots

Bring art class home by painting flower pots with vibrant colors and designs. It’s a lovely way to brighten up any space with handmade charm.

24. Nature Art Bugs

Create a buzz with some nature art bugs! Use leaves, twigs, and stones to craft adorable insect art that’s perfect for garden displays.

25. Stick Pyramid Craft for Kids

Challenge your kids to build a pyramid from sticks! It’s a fun, architectural project that encourages problem-solving and creativity.

26. Ice Cream Cone Bird Feeder

Transform an ice cream cone into a bird feeder by coating it with peanut butter and birdseed—a sweet treat for your feathered friends.

27. Shake Painted Rock Snails Craft

Shake up your craft routine by making rock snails with a unique shake painting technique. It’s messy, it’s fun, and it’s creatively satisfying.

28. Nature Tree Craft

Build a tree from collected sticks, leaves, and flowers. It’s a beautiful way to create a piece of nature-inspired art that celebrates the diversity of trees.

29. Stick and Leaf Butterfly Craft

Craft delicate butterflies using sticks for the body and leaves for the wings. It’s a lovely way to explore symmetry and color.

30. Sun Catchers from Nature

Make sun catchers using natural materials to capture the beautiful light of sunny days. It’s a stunning way to decorate windows with the colors of nature.

31. Gelatine Flower Suncatcher Nature Craft for kids

Combine gelatine and flowers to create exquisite suncatchers. This craft is a beautiful intersection of science and art, perfect for curious minds.

32. Easy, Pretty, Preschooler Fairy Houses

Build fairy houses using natural materials, perfect for little hands. It’s a fun way to encourage imaginative play and creativity.

33. Nature Art Stick and String Sculpture for Kids

Create abstract sculptures using sticks and string. It’s a great way to introduce kids to three-dimensional art using simple materials.

34. Butterfly Nature Craft

Capture the beauty of butterflies by creating them from natural materials. It’s a fun way to learn about these fascinating creatures while crafting.

35. Easy Spray Bottle Nature Art

Use spray bottles, natural dyes, and paper to create vibrant nature art. It’s an exciting way to play with colors and textures.

36. Dandelion Craft

Turn dandelions into a craft project by creating art or simple floral arrangements. It’s a wonderful way to appreciate these ubiquitous flowers.

37. Fancy Stick Crown

Craft a regal crown from sticks and embellishments found in nature. It’s perfect for imaginative play and special costume days.

38. Homemade Nature Suncatcher Wind Chimes

Combine suncatchers and wind chimes to make enchanting additions to your outdoor space. This craft blends sound and light beautifully.

39. Bookmark Craft for Kids Using Pressed Flowers and Leaves

Create bookmarks using pressed flowers and leaves. It’s a charming way to keep your place in a book and makes a thoughtful gift.

40. Magical Pressed Flower Lanterns

Illuminate your evenings with lanterns decorated with pressed flowers. They cast beautiful shadows and bring a touch of magic to any room.

41. Stick Raft Building Craft

Challenge kids to build a raft using sticks and string. It’s a great way to teach buoyancy and engineering basics.

42. Nature Inspired Self Portraits

Encourage kids to create self-portraits using natural materials. This activity helps children explore identity and self-expression in a unique way.

Play2Learn Toddler & Preschool Programs for Curious Toddlers

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There is no limit to your toddler’s energy and curiosity. That energy and curiosity although a joy can be challenging at times. Their interest in just about everything around them is what makes them great learners. One and two year olds can soak up so much just from their senses!

But as a teacher or parent that thirst for learning can be exhausting. That is why I created this toddler and preschooler program. To help you get the most out of this time with your curious toddler without having to come up with creative ways to play and interact with them.

Play2Learn for Toddlers includes 20 Units for toddlers. Each 2-week toddler unit has 20 super easy to set up and engaging activities for toddlers 18 months to 3 years.

Play2Learn Preschool which includes 20 Units for preschoolers. Each 2-week preschoolers unit has 20 unique and easy to set up and engaging activities for preschoolers 3 years to 5 years. That’s over 800 learning activities for your toddler and preschooler at your fingertips! So many ideas you and your child will never be bored again! 

These toddler and preschool lesson plans and activities will definitely keep you and your toddler and preschooler busy playing and learning!

Click here for more information: Play2Learn

Book: Exciting Sensory Bins for Curious Kids

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Did you know I wrote a book of sensory bins? Click here for more information Exciting Sensory Bin for Curious Kids. Or grab your copy at Amazon

Boring afternoons are made exciting with awesome animal-based bins, like Salty Shark Bay or Yarn Farm. Pretend play bins like Birthday Cake Sensory Play or Bubble Tea Party encourage creativity and imagination. And your kids will have so much fun they won’t even know they’re getting smarter with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities like Sink or Float Soup, Magnetic Letter Hunt or Ice Cream Scoop and Count.

Designed for toddlers 18 months and up.

Book: Super STEAM Activity Book for Kids

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Learning all about science, technology, engineering, art, and math sets kids up for scholastic success―and it can be so much fun! Watch kids enjoy building STEAM skills as they color friendly fish, help water find its way to tree roots, solve math problems with mazes, and more. 

Find out more and grab your copy here.

Designed for preschoolers 3 years old and up.

Book: Big Book of Riddles for Kids

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Riddle me this: What’s an exciting way to practice critical thinking while having a blast? The Big Riddle Book for Kids, of course! From hilarious puns to tough brain teasers, kids can build problem-solving skills with hundreds of riddles tha. t show them how to think outside the box.

  • 350 riddles for kids—Have hours of fun with riddles, puns and jokes, and math and logic puzzles that’ll get their wheels turning!
  • Level up their skills—Riddles get trickier as kids progress through the book, challenging them as they get better at solving puzzles!
  • Double-check their work—Kids can check their answers in the back of the book with a handy answer key.

Help children expand their minds while having fun with this puzzle book for kids!

Designed for kids ages 6 years old and up.

TV Show: Curious Crafting

I’m so excited to share my crafting TV show Curious Crafting which launched in July 2022 on TVOkids and TVOkids YouTube! Season 2 aired in August 2023! My show was also nominated in 2023 for Best Live Action Preschool Series by the Youth Media Alliance Awards of Excellence.

Curious Crafting Season 1 is also now airing in Australia on ABC! Watch it here!

Set in the ultimate crafting space, Curious Crafting is a short form pre-school age series about the joy of making crafts. I lead a rotating cast of adorable little preschoolers (including my own) making magic out of common household objects.

In each episode we transform recycled items into magical crafts like a milk carton school bus, paper bag puppet or cotton pad turtle. The crafters learn and laugh their way through each activity while demonstrating what their young imaginations can create. 

Curious Crafting shares the adventure and joy of making art with takeaway lessons for creating crafts at home.

This show designed for toddlers and preschoolers 2.5 years old and up. 


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1 comment on “40+ Stunning Nature Crafts for Kids”

  1. These craft ideas are so cute! I would love to do some of these with my kids next week. They have pediatric dentist appointments this week so maybe we will do one of these after as a reward haha. Thanks so much for sharing!