Sticks, leaves, pinecones, acorns. Discover how you can use all of these to create nature crafts for kids. They’re great any time of year!
I love how easy it is to use a little glue and items from nature to create some really fun crafts for kids.
Your kids can make animals, ornaments, home decor, and more with just items you find outdoors and a few craft items you’ve likely already got at home.
Crafts with Nature Items
Head outside to gather leaves, nuts, twigs, and other nature items. Then, collect some googly eyes, glue, and a few simple craft items to turn those nature items into a wide variety of creative things.
Crafts Made from Nature
DIY nature craft construction set
Have kids collect as many nature items as they can on your next walk around the block. Then, they can use them to create leaf people, acorn caterpillars, and more!
Pinecone Preschool Snowman Craft
It's super easy to turn an ordinary pinecone into an adorable preschool snowman craft with cotton balls and pom poms.
Bird Feeder Preschool Craft
Hang a homemade bird feeder in your backyard to attract birds of all types.
Fall Leaves Bookmark Craft
When you glue fall leaves to construction paper and then cover them with contact paper, you've got a gorgeous bookmark that will last all season long.
Gather acorns and pinecones on your next nature walk around the block, and then use them to create these adorable pinecone owls.
Sun catchers from nature
This gorgeous nature suncatcher will look so pretty hanging in the window any time of year.
Painted Twig Icicle Ornaments
Kids will love creating twigcicles! Each decorated twig will be unique when kids add their own touch of paint, glitter, washi tape, and more.
Stick Owl Craft for Kids
I love the way the sticks, leaves, and acorn caps come together to make this adorable stick owl nature craft.
Easy Leaf Hedgehog Craft
Cut up colorful fall leaves and glue them to the hedgehog cardboard form.
Leaf Christmas trees
Gather the biggest leves you can find in your yard. Add paint, sequins, and yarn to decorate those leaves to look like Christmas trees. How fun!
Your little ones will love turning fallen leaves into a beautiful forest fairy costume with this step-by-step tutorial.
Colorful DIY Fall Wreath Craft
Cut out the center of a paper plate. Glue nature finds to the remaining part, and you've got an awesome nature wreath to hang up.
It's super easy to make leaf lanterns with your kids, and they'll love using it as a night light.
Nature Fairy House Building Activity
Your child's imagination will soar as they use nature finds to create an adorable fairy house with their findings.
Hammered Nature Process Art
Explore pigment and color as you and your kids make some hammered nature process art. Everyone's art will look different depending on what nature items they use in their art.
Crafty DIY Stick Toys for Imaginative Play
I love each and every one of these creative DIY stick toys that are perfect for pretend play and puppet shows.
Painted Acorn People Decorations
Gather long acorns, paint faces on them, and tie a string on them to wear as a fun fall necklace.
How to Make Letters of the Alphabet with Small Twigs
This twig alphabet is a great way to review the alphabet with your preschool and kindergarten kiddos!
Frozen Suncatcher Ice Ornaments
Kids will love adding nature findings to a bowl of water and then popping it in the freezer. These frozen suncatcher ice ornaments will look amazing on your trees in the yard.
This outdoor craft for kids is a great way to reconnect children with nature.
Butterfly Fall Leaf Craft
Fill the butterfly template with leaves and nature finds for a fun fall leaf craft kids will love.
DIY Nature Paint Brushes for Kids
Use pine needles to make DIY paint brushes kids will love using to create art.
Ladybug Painted Rocks
It's so simple to turn smooth rocks into ladybugs. Add them to your nature space for a little pick me up.
Nature Weaving Art Project
Collect branches and flowers and encourage children to weave them into a fun nature-inspired art project.
BOOKS ABOUT NATURE CRAFTS
Fill your book basket with a great collection of nature books. Most of these books can be found at your local library or used bookstore.
If you have a hard time finding them, you can order them through my Amazon affiliate links by clicking the images below.
Exploring Nature: Activity Book for Kids – Encourage young nature lovers to get outside and track, explore, discover, and create. This book is filled with hands-on, educational outdoor activities that kids will love to learn from, like crafting bird feeders out of fruit, pressing flowers, or creating sundials.
Nature Play Workshop for Families – This beautifully photographed, highly visual resource offers tangible approaches to nature-based learning and play for children. Parents and teachers discover the benefits of outdoor learning and simple ways to facilitate unplugged nature connection in every season.
Play the Forest School Way – Packed full of ideas, from making nature jewelry and whittling a bow and arrow, to building a shelter and foraging for food, it also celebrates the Forest School philosophy of encouraging self-esteem, confidence, and social skills through engagement with nature.