Nature Craft for Kids

Nature craft for kids is something that we are just getting into in my family - I have often admired what other people have created with stuff they found on their walks but so far, my sons haven't really been great hunters and gatherers.

This has changed recently, with us collecting sticks, rocks, chestnuts and shells and, well, whatever seems of any value!

We've also started using these things to create some nice seasonal decorations for our house! Here is what we have been doing so far!

Fall Crafts

Fall is a great time of the year to decorate the house. Days are getting colder and you're starting to spend more time indoors again. For us, it's definitely a time of the year when we start crafting again more after spending most of the time outdoors in summer.

Chestnut Worms

Chestnuts are great - they are shiny and wonderful to collect. And they can easily be turned into all kinds of animals!

Time needed:

about 30 minutes

What you need:

  • chestnuts
  • tooth picks
  • wobbly eyes
  • a small hand drill
  • glue (optional)
Chestnut worms - nature craft for kids
  1. Arrange your chestnuts so they will form a nice worm or caterpillar.
  2. Use your hand drill to make holes - the head and the tail only have one hole.
  3. Slightly angle the holes so that the worm looks like it's moving and is not completely straight.
  4. Drill another two holes into the head for the antennas.
  5. Cut the tooth picks in smaller bits and use them to stick the body parts together.
  6. If they don't completely fit into the holes, add a little bit of glue.
  7. Add the wobbly eyes

Done!


Nut Wreath - Nature Craft for Kids to decorate the house

A nut wreath makes a lovely decoration for your windows and doors in autumn. We had a lot of fun collecting the nuts and then working them into a wreath, combining them with wooden beads and felted balls.

Time needed:

about 30 minutes

What you need:

  • different nuts
  • wooden beads in your preferred colour
  • wire - we used a 2mm thick wire
  • felted balls
  • ribbon
  • a drill to make the holes into the nuts
Nature craft idea nut wreath
  1. Decide how big you want the wreath to be - bear in mind, that the nuts and beads will be quite heavy if there are a lot of them. You might need a stronger wire.
  2. Start threading the nuts and beads onto the wire - the order is, of course, completely optional.
  3. Wind the wire around itself a couple of times to secure it once your wreath is finished.
  4. Add a ribbon to it to hang it up and conceal the rest of the wire.

Done!

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