Do you have kids who like to collect natural items whilst out on walks or when visiting the park? Mine do, and if I slow down, carefully look at each item and take the time to appreciate them I can see why. Each seed pod, stick, leaf and stone is unique to itself and amazing in it’s own way. Sometimes we’ve had quite a collection built up on the front porch or displayed on shelves around our house and recently I decided to put them to a good use by creating a DIY Nature Craft Construction Set. You’ll see that I’ve used mostly sticks, leaves, pine cones and seed pods but you could easily add rocks, shells, pebbles, flowers or whatever else takes your fancy. It was a lot of fun and I love that this is one craft which has a minimal impact on our environment (excluding the plastic in the googly eyes). It’s also very open ended and can inspire kids to use their imagination and creativity, plus it’s suitable for all ages including grown ups too – or perhaps that’s just me!
You will need:
• Sticks and twigs
• Leaves – use a combination of fresh and dry leaves
• Seed pods
• Other nature items that catch your eye and imagination
•Blu-tack (sticky tack) and googly eyes
Here is our finished Construction Set.
I set it out on an outdoor table and the girls and I started creating. We made lots of cool things, and each new creation only inspired more new ideas.
We created lots of leaf faces, plus all sorts of insects and animals. Above you can see what is supposed to be a butterfly, a turtle, a bush monster and an emu. Below you can see a duck, a cricket, some echidnas, a dragonfly, a leaf man and a caterpillar.
The blu-tack works a treat for connecting the seed pods together and attaching the googly eyes. Once you’re finished you can take the creations apart to make something new, just like lego and other kids construction sets.
I even made a little bush fairy…
Creating with our nature’s construction set proved to be both entertaining and addictive, and I can definitely see us doing this activity again sometime. The possibilities are limitless!
More nature craft ideas:
• Use the earth as a canvas to create earth art
• Make cute baby chicks out of rocks
• Create a leaf mosaic dreamcatcher using crunched up leaves to decorate
• Make a funny face rock puzzle for play
• Make ochre paint from rocks
• Use rocks to make fun pretend play rock cakes
Plus there are lots more ideas on our Nature Crafts board on Pinterest. Are you following us?