Today, you might like to tell your children to put their colouring pencils down.
Instead, encourage a fun animal nature craft activities where they’ll colour/color with nature instead!
I’ve been wanting to use more natural products in our play activities at home and I’ve been introducing more and more nature projects.
This is a simple activity that can take anywhere from ten minutes to 30 (depending how much your children get into it). It’s so easy to set up too!
Why try an animal nature craft?
There are so many advantages to ditching the pencils and trying something different with your children.
- Tactile, sensory experience
- encourages problem solving
- Builds fine motor skills
- connects your child with their natural world
- gets your child outside
- build creativity
- It’s eco friendly
Animal Nature Craft: Colour/Color with Nature
Here’s how to set your nature craft activity:
- Print your free animal templates: Download Turtle printable, Download Kangaroo Printable, Download Bird printable, Download Cricket printable
- Spend some time outside with your children looking at the beautiful natural world. Collect some natural materials while you’re there. Collect leaves, flowers, seed pods, rocks, dirt, moss and more.
- Lay out all the materials on a table including some scissors and glue (optional).
This activity was not only great for fine motor skills but we also compared the real body covering of animals (which we’ve looked at before) to the nature we’d collected. The grass and fern leaves that Miss Possum collected mimicked kangaroo hair and the clover really did look like turtle scales.
Turtle Nature Craft
Nature can help create beautiful patterns on a page. Nature is so good at making anything look stunning!
Kangaroo Nature Craft
These templates are free to download. There’s one condition. You must use nature to colour them in. No pencils allowed!
Enjoy this animal nature craft!
You may also like our
Nature Arts and Crafts Pack
This pack will provide hours of fun, learning,
and creativity for you and your children.
– Over 30 nature arts and craft printables
– Printables include an easy how-to instruction sheet
Just add nature to bring the printable to life!