Nature crowns

There are so many ways to make nature crowns! All you really need is a strip of paper or cardboard fitted to your child’s head and some glue or tape (a hot glue gun is helpful but not required). Take a nature walk and collect natural items that appeal to your child and then glue or tape them onto the strip of paper/cardboard. Voila!

We love making nature crowns each season – they are always unique and special. This site has some great ideas and images to get you started. We hope you enjoy making your own nature crowns!

Nature crowns

There are so many ways to make nature crowns! All you really need is a strip of paper or cardboard fitted to your child’s head and some glue or tape (a hot glue gun is helpful but not required). Take a nature walk and collect natural items that appeal to your child and then glue or tape them onto the strip of paper/cardboard. Voila!

We love making nature crowns each season – they are always unique and special. This site has some great ideas and images to get you started. We hope you enjoy making your own nature crowns!

Hot and cold

Play an old favorite game with natural items! The player that is the “hider” chooses a natural item. The “seekers” use their senses to really explore the item before the hider hides it. Discuss its details together: is it large, medium or small? Is it heavy or light? Smooth or rough? It’s important to practice keen observation skills as there may be other natural items that look very similar! Consider marking the item with a sharpie or a string if you think that would be helpful.

Once ready, the seekers close their eyes while the hider hides the object. Once the hider shouts “ready!”, the seekers move together as the hider tells them with each step if they’re getting “warmer” (closer to the hiding spot) or “colder (further from the hiding spot). When the seekers get warm, warmer, hot, hotter, BURNING HOT (!!) they know they are close to the jackpot and need to use their eagle eyes to find the natural item. We hope you have a blast playing “Hot and Cold” with natural items!

Tree obstacle course

Head outside and find a climbing tree to create a tree obstacle course! Find different ways to climb through the tree – Japanese Maples and Bush Honeysuckle work well for young children – and consider adding a rope for more challenges. You can switch up speed, height, and distance for more or less challenge depending on your child’s age, comfort and skill level.

A few safety rules to consider is to only climb on branches as thick as your leg, ensure safe fall zones, and have a spotter for young children.

Have fun and remember to hug the tree when you’re finished!

Nature Suncatchers

Nature suncatchers are a lovely way to bring some nature indoors; additionally, all ages enjoy this simple project where creativity and originality shine! All you need is:

  • Natural items – small/lightweight items work best – enjoy the physics lesson involved in discovering what sticks best
  • a paper plate (or sturdy paper/cardboard) – we will cut out the center creating a frame
  • Scissors
  • Clear tape – add the tape sticky side up in order to add natural items
  • Optional: string to hang in window

We hope you have a wonderful time creating your own nature suncatchers!

Rock Buddies

On your next walk, bring a collecting bag or bucket to hold any potential rock buddies you find. Back home, you can give your new friends a quick bath, and then your imagination is the only limit on uncovering your rocks’ hidden identities.

Paint and brushes, googly eyes, fabric scrap clothes, yarn hair, a sharpie and some glue will help you fashion your new friends.

You may want to find a place outside, on a branch, around the base of a tree, or you may decide you have an indoor rock. I like to name my rock friend Roxie. Roxie may live on a shelf or you may decide to a make a special home out of a shoe box.

Save the stuffies!

Today we challenge you to create a simple “Save the stuffies” obstacle course. You need just a few materials:

1) a log or two – sticks also work! If indoors, use pillows or placemats as stepping stones. You just want them to be within a step’s reach of your youngest player.

2) stuffed animals or magazine/pictures of animals

3) a home base (a tree, step, chair, etc)

The goal of the game is to save the stuffies by balancing along the logs or stepping stones and picking up and taking each stuffy (one at a time) to home base without losing your balance. Repeat to save as many stuffies as you can. Have fun!