I wish I had a picture of the mess this Nature Craft Play Space was a month ago. My poor husband was utterly fed up with bits and bobs of nature being strung around on top of his outdoor bar.
Anyway, I finally got my act together and put our nature and crafting accessories in an organised fashion. It’s not only kept my husband happy but it’s done wonders for the girl’s interest in natural products. I’ve made the area a place they can access when ever they like (without my help) and it’s lead to so much more investigation and self-led crafting. Especially Miss Panda, she’s out there almost twice a day!
Nature Craft Play Setup
The top shelf of our book case holds our materials from nature. Some I’ve bought but most I’ve scavenged along the way. What we have in here will depend on where we’ve been and what’s seasonally available. Like I’ve mentioned before, we are mindful of the environment whilst collecting natural materials from nature.
Natural craft material ideas
- old wasp nests
- nature’s glitter
- pine cones
Don’t think nature is less versatile than regular craft items. Take a look at how you can replace common craft materials with nature.
There’s a big cane basket filled with natural items for the girls to use that complement their crafting.
It’s filled with:
- brown paper
- wooden products
We also display our Nature Weaving Frames (follow the link to see how we made them) that can be used to weave nature, yarn or straw. I keep them in plain sight, so that the girls didn’t forget they were there.
There’s a number of accessories I’ve added to the nature craft space to encourage the investigation of natural products, things like:
- magnifying glasses
- basket to collect more nature
- Bug collector
We also have a basket filled with the items that you’d regularly use in crafting:
- art products (like pastels, chalk, pencils, pens)
- paper clips
- stick tape
- glue sticks
- hole punches
I’ve also made a container that holds items I don’t want the girls to use yet or that require my full supervision.
- glue gun
- expensive craft glue
- craft materials I’m saving for later ( I have the most divine sand filled with little shells I don’t want the girls to use right now)
The girls and I (and my happy husband) adore our nature craft space. We are constantly getting low on items but that’s okay with me. There’s always something beautiful from nature to add to any empty container.
Is there anything you would add in this nature craft play space that I may have missed?