During these difficult times, we need more than ever to find ways to connect with nature. The natural world is a constant source of learning, wonder, and inspiration, and tuning into nature is proven to help us deal with stressful situations and find inner calm. For many of us, that’s just what we need right now!
These nature activities are ways to learn more about outside! Explore, find new things in nature, get creative in how you use it and just have fun!
1. MAKE NATURE MANADALAS
Creating mandalas is a delightful, beautiful and easy activity that you can do almost anywhere and at any time. All you need is a small collection of materials and an imagination. You can find natural mandalas in flowers, tree rings, the sun, eyes, snowflakes, spider webs, sea shells, seeds, fruits and more. There is no right or wrong way to make one which is why it is such a wonderful way to engage children to make their own mandalas using items they find in nature.
2. MAKE NATURE CROWN
This is a fun nature craft that gets kids outdoors collecting flowers and leaves, plus it’s great for creativity with pattern making and designing the finished crowns. Once they have them on their heads the nature crowns will inspire imaginary play.
3. PAINT ROCKS
Working on rock painting projects and making crafts with painted rocks is a great way to get creative, and, is a wonderful meditative art activity for both children and adults.
Get outside with your children to collect rocks, and then paint them as you want it. For example, make some colorful rock art weather stones in a simple felt drawstring bag to help kids learn about weather.
4. PAINT WITH NATURE
There should be no right or wrong way to go about an activity like this. Let the children find their own way to explore and create. The basic principle is to apply paint to the natural items and tip and turn the tray to roll them along the paper. Painting with natural things the children have found is a great way for them to explore patterns and textures as each item will leave a different trail on the paper.
5. CREATE NATURE SUN-CATCHERS
Creating with natural materials is so inspiring. Go on nature walks and observe and collect little treasures and create a simple nature sun-catcher craft with kids and you can enjoy nature indoors year round!
6. EXPLORE WHAT SINKS AND FLOATS
Add materials gathered in nature to a simple sink or float activity to provide some awesome hands on learning and sensory play.
This activity combines a nature walk or scavenger hunt with water play. Allow your young adventurer time to examine objects in natural surroundings, and let kids determine what natural items float and sink.
7. LEAF MATCHING GAME
Make Leaf Visual Discrimination Game to help kids practice the skills needed to distinguish between similar letters and numbers in Pre-K, Preschool, and Kindergarten.
Visual discrimination skills are so important for young children because it helps them to be able to identify letters and numbers. This skill helps children distinguish between similar letter and shapes.
Spread out the cards for children and let him find the leaves that are exactly the same.
8. MAKE TOILET PAPER BIRD FEEDER
Your local wild birds will surely thank you for taking the time to make a Toilet Paper Roll Bird Feeder. It’s a simple craft that is easy and fun for kids of all ages, especially preschoolers.
9. BUILD BOAT FROM NATURE MATERIALS
Every child should experience the achievement of making a boat using natural materials and then watch it floating down a trickling creek.
Why make nature boats? Nature boats are simple to make. You only need a few materials. You have to use your creativity. It gets your children outside. It’s something your children will always remember!
10. EGG CARTON GARDENING
An egg carton seed starter is a fun way for kids to get involved with gardening! Creating an egg-carton garden is an enjoyable and rewarding way to learn about seeds and how they grow and teach lessons about sustainability. Gardening also fosters children’s interest in nature, encourages making healthy food choices, and provides a great opportunity for experiential learning.