Nature provides so many fabulous resources for crafting and playing with kids, absolutely free. Here’s a round-up of green activities to try with your family soon.
Leaf Crowns: It doesn’t get any simpler than this! Twig and Toadstool has instructions for how to make these whimsical headpieces with just leaves.
Nature Potions: Squashed Tomatoes has directions for this fun children’s activity. Basically, kids simply gather and crush natural materials in a variety of colors and make colorful potions from them. They’re beautiful and kids are likely to find them magical as well. Just be sure they know not to drink them!
Rock Trolls: You don’t need to speak another language to understand this simple craft, even if they aren’t in English. Children paint rocks, add google eyes, and hide their new friends around the garden. lilla a has the instructions.
Land Art: Even older children and adults will be inspired by the incredible works of art that artist Richard Shilling creates using only natural materials outside. Check out his web site to be inspired and then head out to make some creations of your own!
Here in Southern Minnesota, we’re still enjoying the green last days of summer before school starts up and fall descends. Why not take advantage of it every bit that you can with some fun crafts and time outside?
If you have favorite nature crafts or sites you use for inspiration, please add them in the comments!
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