Crafts are somewhat of a dying art in an age where the pull of screens and digital activities is so strong. Never fear – I have put together a list of 101+ Nature Crafts for Kids that your whole family can enjoy. Boredom doesn’t have to lead to excessive screen time if there’s always a craft activity ready to go!
I will always advocate for creative, hands-on activities, because the benefits are truly enormous; kids can learn so much about their own creativity and style by making things with their hands. Plus, craft is incredible for fine motor skill development.
The best part?
You can make craft using all-natural materials. Nature is so vibrant and colourful, perfect for incorporating into any arts and crafts activity, plus they’re ecofriendly!
Try out some crafts from this list of nature-inspired activities and get your kids excited about creating!
Stick nature crafts for kids
Sticks are a great craft supply because you can find them pretty much anywhere you see trees. If you haven’t got a back yard, don’t worry – consider taking a stroll to the nearby park with your kids for a stick collecting spree, then get stuck into these fun crafts.
If your kids like fairies and magic, they will be absolutely delighted by these Stick Fairies. Leaves make for beautiful wings!
Make little stick people out of y-shaped twigs and bright yarn. This activity is completely adorable – your kids are sure to love making their mini-me!
This is a great craft for decorating backpacks or hanging on bedroom doors. Your kids can make the first letter of their name out of sticks and yarn, personalizing it with their favourite colours.
Decorate the playroom or your child’s bedroom with these gorgeous stick stars. A simple yet gorgeous decoration that will bring nature into your home.
How great are simple activities? This craft only requires two materials – paint and sticks – and the result is a beautiful collection of bright, decorative sticks. A super age-flexible craft activity for kids who love using colour.
If you’ve got old flowerpots lying around at home, adding sticks around the outside is a simple way to spruce them up. Try this craft with your kids and plant some flowers to finish it off.
Find some sticks and spin and twist the twine around them. These are perfect for Halloween!
Display your treasured family photos in these beautiful DIY frames, perfect for wall hangings or tabletop decorations.
Make these easy nature butterflies with your kids and use them as decorations or add them into another craft, like a collage. Your child will be delighted to see what they can make with just sticks and leaves!
Flower Nature Crafts
Flowers are a spectacle of nature, bringing colour and beauty to any outdoor space. Make use of the flowers in your yard by using them as a craft material, like in these activities:
Not only is plastic glitter a nightmare to clean up, it’s also terrible for the environment. Switch to nature’s glitter by collecting flowers and cutting them into confetti – the result is even better than the shiny stuff!
If you’ve got shoes lying around that no one uses anymore, consider turning them into flowerpots. This is a great activity for teaching your kids about reusing and repurposing.
Is your child beginning to read? Encourage their reading development with this beautiful flower bookmark craft.
Pet rocks, with a floral twist! Collect dandelions with your kids and use them to make beautiful rock-people.
Capture the sun’s rays with this dreamy flower-gelatin suncatcher. Colourful and squishy to touch, your kids are sure to find great joy in making and using this sensory craft.
Leaf nature crafts for kids
Like flowers, leaves come in all shapes and colours, making for a wonderful craft material. Leaves are abundant in nature and easily collected. Make use of nature’s confetti with these activities.
Use leaves to make little hearts and string them together. These can be used as decorations inside or outside, and they’re super simple to make.
Handprint painting with leaves, the perfect way to add a bit of nature to the page. Trace your child’s hand on a leaf and use it as a patterned stamp.
Teach your child a new handy skill by stitching patterns into leaves. Leaves make for a great practice piece, and the final product can be used as a cute decoration.
Leaves come in a vast range of colours, especially in the fall, making them the perfect material for confetti. Try out this eco-friendly confetti alternative for your next kid’s party (or just for fun!)
Who doesn’t love the Very Hungry Caterpillar? Recreate Eric Carle’s beloved hungry critter using leaves from the backyard. Your kids will be delighted to create their very own caterpillar picture.
This is a more involved craft and takes a little longer than the others, but the result is absolutely worth the patience and effort! Teach your kids how to create their own soft toys using gorgeous leaf patterns.
Get your child’s imagination running with this fun robot activity. Kids can design a robot using leaves in different shapes and colours, personalizing it however they’d like.
Turn a big, round leaf into a slithering snake in just a few simple steps.
Practice learning letters and words in a fun, nature-filled way by stamping letters onto leaves. Encourage your child to mix and match the leaves to form words.
As leaves are very similar to paper in thickness and feel, embossing leaves works like a charm. Create delicate designs on leaves with your kids and use them in other crafts or simply admire them.
If you’ve ever played with felt pieces on a felt board, this activity has a similar idea – but with leaves! Cut out different shapes and sizes and encourage your kids to arrange them however they’d like.
Leaves look beautiful when lit up by candlelight. Get creative with candle jars and create a special gift/home decoration.
Nature Crafts using wood
Wood comes in different textures, colours, and smells, ideal for use in craft activities. If you have access to wood pieces, enjoy using this versatile natural art material to create with.
Kids are often mesmerized by the lives of insects. Capture their fascination with this adorable bug hotel that helps to make the bugs in your yard feel right at home.
Textured wood is the perfect material for making stamps out of. Your child will get hours of enjoyment out of these nature-friendly stamps!
The art of weaving presents an opportunity for your kids to slow down, relax, and focus on learning a useful skill. Your child can use these wood slices to practice on.
Encourage your child to make meaningful gifts for their friends with these wood slice friendship bracelets, customizable and simple to make.
Welcome birds into your backyard with this lovely wooden bird house. This is a great way to get your kids interacting with nature, as they will be able to inspect birds up close.
Nature crafts for kids using vines
Vines are a great natural medium for weaving. If you are yet to discover the peaceful joys of weaving, I would so encourage you to give it a go!
If your kids love dressing up, they will love making and using these beautiful DIY wings. They’re made out of weeds, so you can recycle those annoying weeds in your garden and put them to good use!
Create a calming activity for your kids to wind down after a long day with this delightful outdoor weaving frame. Weaving is so simple yet so enjoyable, and something the whole family can do together.
Harness the bright colours of fallen leaves and weave them with sticks to create these gorgeous nature stars!
If you have old photo frames sitting around, repurpose them into some DIY weaving frames for your kids. Weaving is the perfect wind-down activity for when your child needs something peaceful and relaxing to do.
You and your child can master the art of weaving with these simple and useful woven baskets, made using natural materials.
Stone/rocks nature crafts
We as people don’t pay rocks much attention – after all, they don’t really catch the eye! Still, rocks can make great craft supplies if you add a bit of creativity and imagination, like in these fun activities:
Ever painted a pet rock? This is the same concept, but space themed. Get your kids thinking about our incredible universe by painting planets, astronauts, and stars onto rocks.
Does your child love the ‘Old MacDonald’ nursery rhyme? Allow them to interact and engage with the story by making some of these story stones (printable).
Fairy gardens are a wonderful way to get your kids excited about gardening and being outside. Simply paint doors onto rocks and add them into any garden space to easily convert it into a fairy garden.
These flower rocks are a lovely decoration for your gardens and tabletops. Allow your kids to get creative and paint colourful flowers onto pebbles.
Have fun painting cute little bees onto rocks. Teach your kids all about bees and their role as nature’s helpers while you paint!
Brighten up any potted plant or garden space with these bright (and delicious-looking) watermelon rocks.
Your kids will love making these adorable hedgehog rock pets. A cute addition to any potted plant, toy box, or windowsill.
Clearly identify where you’ve planted seeds in your garden and which seedlings are which with garden markers made out of rocks. Weather-resistant and brightly coloured, these helpful rock markers will add a bit of fun to your veggie garden.
Want to give your kids a pet cactus, but worried that the spikes will be dangerous? Make these pet rock cacti instead – your kids will be delighted to have their very own cactus friends on their windowsill or bedside table.
There’s a reason why a lot of our favourite childhood storybooks featured woodland animals – they’re so adorable! Paint woodland animals onto rocks with your kids and encourage them to make some stories of their own.
Beautify the rocks in your garden using temporary tattoos!
Grass nature crafts for kids
It grows pretty much everywhere, Yep, Grass. You’ll never run out of natural craft materials!
These grass hearts are so simple yet so beautiful, a lovely craft activity for you and your kids to enjoy together outside.
These spiky grass pom poms are completely adorable and easy to make. They look great as decorations for parties or around the house/garden.
Get into some Easter craft with your kids by making these cute grass heads out of eggshells – your kids will love the finished result!
In this activity, you can make a soil-stuffed animal that grows grass out of its head-like hair. How cool! Kids adore stuffed animals, and they are sure to enjoy these animal grass heads.
Shells are one of nature’s most incredible creations. They are intricate, delicate, and structurally fascinating, perfect for use in craft activities.
Shells should never be collected if they still have living creatures inside… but that doesn’t mean you can’t make your own creatures! Your kids can make sea snails out of playdough and add real shells to create their very own sea critters.
Make little fish out of the shells you find on the beach. All you need is the shells, some tropical coloured paint, and googly eyes!
In this craft activity, your kids can turn their shell collection into adorable puppets that they can interact and play with.
Use shells to create a beautiful keepsake wreath. Your kids can have fun collecting a variety of shells to put into this lovely decoration.
If your kids collect shells on your next beach trip, consider preserving them in a stunning clay heart decoration. All you need are cookie cutters and clay – just add the shells!
Explore some cool science with your kids and make these stunning borax crystal-coated shells overnight.
Allow your kids to hone their drawing skills and have fun doodling on rocks with sharpies. Decorative rocks can be used to add colour to pot plants and windowsills.
Heating crayons can make a paint-like material that is fun to work with. If your kids are old enough to be cautious around heat, they will be able to safely enjoy this activity and create some beautifully coloured shells.
Sand Nature Crafts for Kids
Sandpits are lots of fun, but that’s not the only use for it! There are so many ways to utilize sand in your craft activities. Here are some of my favourites:
Brighten up the sandbox with coloured sand play. This recipe is simple and affordable – no need to fork out lots of money on coloured sand in store.
Set up an outdoor sand play space and encourage your kids to try ‘painting’ with coloured sand. This activity can be reset many times, and kids will be delighted by the tactile nature of sand.
Sand adds a cool 3D effect to art activities. With sand, glue, and a colouring-in page, your kids can colour in the lines using normal or coloured sand.
Use sand to create molds and fill them with plaster-of-Paris. This activity is a simple and affordable way to create paintable molds of anything your child can think of.
Sand is so versatile that it can even be used to make beaded jewelry! Have a craft day with your kids and create these beautiful beads out of sand, glue, and paint.
Bean and Seed Nature Crafts
Not only are beans and seeds super tasty, but they also make great natural craft materials. Read on to see how you and your kids can use them in your next craft activity.
Use beans as mosaics and create tactile 3D paintings. These are super satisfying to make; your kids can create a picture of their favourite movie character, animal, or anything they’d like.
Teach your kids about giving back to the earth with these wildflower seed bombs. They can be given as gifts or used in your own backyard.
Mix seeds with old recycled paper to create textured, decorative paper that you can use in art activities or gift to others.
Collect some acorns with your kids and show them how to create adorable little acorn people. These make wonderful decorations!
Got used up toilet rolls lying around? Put them to great use with this simple bird feeder. Coat the outside of a cardboard toilet roll in seeds and watch as birds flock to your garden.
Pinecone nature crafts for kids
Pinecones are so cute! They are the perfect natural material for making craft, and there’s so much you can do with them. Collect a bag of pinecones with your kids and get creative.
If you have smaller pinecones leftover that no one wants to use, consider making these pinecone fireflies. Baby pinecones are the perfect size for these DIY critters.
Next time Halloween rolls around, consider making these creepy-crawly pinecone spiders with your kids. They will love making these out of pipe cleaners and googly eyes… though the finished product is more cute than spooky!
Pinecones are super spiky, so of course, you should make little hedgehogs with them. Your children can have their very own spiky friends to sit on their windowsill or bedside table.
Make these special fairy gifts with your kids using pinecones, paint, and felt.
The spiky exterior of pinecones means that materials like felt can be easily stuck to the outside. Wrap pinecones in pulled felt and create these adorable sheep with your kids.
If you look down from the top of a pinecone, the spikes almost look like petals. Get painting with your kids and make a bouquet of pinecone flowers. You won’t need to worry about keeping them watered!
There’s something so festive about pinecones. Paint them to make a vibrant and colourful hanging wreath.
Why purchase decorations for around the home when you can easily make them out of natural materials? These ombre pinecones would make an absolutely stunning centerpiece, and they are so easy to create.
There are so many things you can create with felt and pinecones, like these cute foxes. Encourage your kids to get imaginative and see what other animals they might be able to make.
When leaves are added to the top, pinecones look (and feel) just like a prickly pineapple! Have fun making these summery decorations with your kids.
Colourful holiday decorations are as simple as wrapping some yarn around pinecones! Try out this craft activity with your kids these holidays.
Clay and Mud Nature Crafts for kids
Now for the messy crafts. It’s true – working with clay and mud often requires a bit of clean-up afterward, but it’s all worthwhile when you see the smiles of delight on your kids’ faces!
Make a memento of your child’s tiny hands to look back on and compare as they get older. All you need is some clay and natural decorations to make a beautiful keepsake.
With this activity, your kids will have loads of fun setting up a mud ice creamery outside. Get creative with toppings – use flowers and leaves (but remember not to eat them!)
Simply mix some mud, collects some natural materials around your garden and start creating!
Make simple Valentine’s Day gifts with your kids using clay and flowers.
This is a great activity for a creative stroll in the woods. Bring along some playdough and encourage your kids to make faces on the bark of trees using the dough and whatever natural materials they can find.
Mixed media nature crafts for kids
These crafts don’t necessarily fit into a category, but they are all super fun and nature-focused. Keep this list on hand for your next craft day.
If you want to teach your kids about birds and spark their interest in animals, making a bird nest is a great way to do so. Observe the birds making nests in your backyard, then make beautiful nests of your own.
Create beautiful, natural dress-ups for your kids using leaves, flowers, vines, and ferns. They will be delighted to wear these crowns while playing in the yard.
Your kids can dress up their very own mermaid with these lovely printables. Simply add leaves, flowers, and any other natural materials.
Celebrate Earth Day every day with these mini earth moss balls. All you need is yarn, moss, and water!
Are your kids Disney fans? If so, they’ll love dressing their favourite Disney princesses up in colourful flowers and leaves. Download these printables if you need a quick and easy craft activity on the go.
Materials like pine needles, grass, ferns, and stalks make excellent natural paintbrushes. Make some of these brushes next time your kids feel like painting – they’re super simple to put together.
Help your kids to focus on nature’s colours and textures with these paper plate stencils.
If your child is obsessed with Pokémon, get into these Pokémon nature crafts and make the characters out of natural materials.
Have you ever done marbling? Marbling creates beautiful and unique designs on paper. Use sticks, leaves and feathers to paint marbled designs onto nature!
Collect some flowers and leaves from around the garden with your kids, then spend some time dressing up these cute printable faces!
Looking for some Easter-themed craft activities? Try out this simple nature bunny mask – your kids will love dressing up and hopping around in these.
Let your kids become superheroes with these masks decorated by nature.
Make these adorable nature fairy houses with your kids and add them to your garden for a magical touch.
Playdough is such a fun and versatile medium; add some sticks, flowers and leaves, and you’ve got a simple nature craft activity. Your kids will love using their imagination to make things out of playdough and nature.
Get the whole family outside by making nature boats. Not only are they simple to make, only a few materials are needed, and you can have fun racing them down a creek (or floating them in the bathtub!)
Now that you’ve got a full list of 101+ nature crafts for kids, and the whole family to enjoy, it’s time to get creative! Make your next craft day all about nature. Even if you find yourself doing a craft activity that isn’t on this list, challenge yourself to find some way of incorporating nature into it. Natural materials really are so beautiful and so versatile – adding them into your arts and crafts is easier than you might think!
If your kids do any of the crafts I’ve mentioned here and you want to share the results, be sure to tag me in the photos – I’d love to see how they turn out!
Yours in nature,