I’d had enough! I was well over cleaning up sequence, pom poms and pipe cleaners but I was especially sick of cleaning up glitter.
It was in the house, out in the backyard, I even found it in between the sheets of my bed.
I was done!
I dramatically threw every craft item I hated in a bag – except for paint – and I gave it to the local kindergarten. They were thrilled and I walked out with a huge grin on my face knowing there would be no more glitter clean up for me.
But of course, I didn’t want to stop my kids crafting. We love spending time crafting together.
I had the perfect solution. I was going to replace most of our craft items with nature.
How was this going to help with clean up though? I knew how, but first I had to set some ground some rules:
- Crafting would only happen outside – a perfect way to encourage the kids out of the house
- We will only use materials from nature (other than a few binding materials)
- Nature crafting was better for the environment, so once we’d finished crafting and displaying our crafts we’d add them to the compost and give back to nature. I loved this rule as much as making clean up easier.
So, how did I make cleaning up easier?
Because my children were outside, and most of the materials were natural, I’d get the blower out and blow the materials into the garden.
It took me 2 minutes, I’m not kidding! The first time I did it, I squealed with delight.
We’ve been crafting with nature ever since.
To make it even easier for you to craft with nature I’ve made beautiful nature printables that will provide hours of fun, learning, and creativity for you and your children.
This pack includes more than 30 printables but all have the ability to provide more activities just by using them with natural materials that change seasonally.
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Why nature printables?
Jam-packed full of wondrous activities, I created these printables with three main objectives:
- Encourage kids outside and collect some beautiful natural materials for art and crafts.
- encourage children to engage in the tactile experience of crafting with the natural materials they collected.
- Help mothers and educators avoid preparation time and help make clean up time faster and easier!
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What does each nature activity include:
I’ve tried to make it really easy for you. Each activity comes with its own page that features a list of materials and step-by-step instructions for setting up each activity.
You don’t need to spend hours and hours searching for nature art and craft activities on Pinterest. I’ve put together the nature art and craft resources for you and it’s going to save you so much time and bring your children so much wondrous play.
There are even a couple of printable sheets for days when you just have no option but to stay inside.
If you’re a planner – there’s over a month’s worth of DAILY nature craft activities available in this printable pack and many are versatile and can be used multiple times in different ways.
If you’re not a planner – these are great to pull out when you have nothing planned at all. All you’ll need is access to the outdoors and a few common craft items like glue and scissors to bring them to life. Some don’t even need that!
The how-to pages are perfect to display on your center parent board to show what activity the children will be participating in that day. There are also some helpful tips on how to extend their learning and how to best display your finished artworks.
How will it help my child?
I remember spending most of my time outside collecting natural ‘treasures,’ making mud pies or drawing in the dirt. My kids do that now too but they also love when I provide them with fun activities that they had never thought of doing themselves.
As an environmental educator trained in early years education, I understand the importance and value of creative play with nature. I ensure my children are given plenty of opportunities to play and explore with items from their natural world.
Inside, you’ll find printables to help support play, weaving, patterns, sensory development, fine motor skills, and most importantly, creative thinking!
What are people saying about the Nature Art and Craft printables pack?
I stumbled upon Penny Whitehouse and her brilliant ideas through Instagram and am constantly blown away by her fabulous ways to encourage children to get out and embrace nature. This printable pack does not disappoint with lots of fresh ideas and great printables to go along with each one, this collection makes it easy to get outside and explore nature through arts and crafts. Joanna Walker —The Blue Barn
Great hands-on packet for children to explore and appreciate nature. Printables and lesson plans make it easy to add to any part of your day. Incorporates math skills, creativity, and activities range from easy to more challenging but always engaging and fun. Olga Miklasz –Masters in Early Childhood and Bachelors in Recreation, currently Early Childhood Supervisor.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How do I access the Nature Art and Craft Printables Pack?
After payment clears, you’ll receive an email with a link to the download. You can save this straight to your phone or iPad so that you can access it anywhere at any time! Be sure to backup your pack just in case.
Is this available in a hardcopy version?
Sorry, not at this stage.
Why should I trust you?
I am whole heartedly passionate about getting children connecting with nature.
Teaching children from kindergarten to teens as an environmental educator for 12 years has been a passion (wildlife and environmental education). I hold a bachelor of applied science, specializing in wildlife biology, a Graduate Diploma of Early Years education.
All nature activities have been road tested by myself, my three children, some of my wonderful community members (you know who you are – thank you!) and some of my environmental education officer friends. I am really proud of what I’ve created and I hope you will be too.
Still not convinced? Here’s a free excerpt to show the quality of my nature printables pack.
Is this eBook suitable for my ___ aged child?
The activities in this printable are suited to children of many different age groups. I don’t outline specific ages on each activity because every child develops differently and I believe you know your child best.
In my opinion, though, it is most suitable for children between the age bracket of 3 to 10 years. Some of the nature printables start with the basics and move to a printable that’s slightly more complex. For example, in the pack we have weaving activities, one that starts with the basics of weaving grass and another that builds on more complex weaving with a printable basket weave template.
Once I’ve printed the nature printables pack – How do I store it?
It’s best if you download and save it to your computer. I’ve allowed you 3 months to download the printable pack and you can download it up to three times. Keep your email from me and that’s how you’ll be able to access it again, just in case it has been lost.
Can I share the download with my friends
Please direct your friends to my website so that they can buy Nature Arts and Crafts themselves. I have worked very hard on these nature printables and kept it at a very reasonable price so that everyone has the ability to have their own copy. Please support Mother Natured and a family who are trying to make a positive difference in the world – to connect kids with nature.
What if I don’t like the eBook?
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can have a chat. I offer a 100% money-back guarantee if you are unsatisfied with the product or it’s not what you imagined. Just be sure to email me within 5 days of purchase.
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Then, just add nature!
What are you waiting for? Grab these nature art and craft printables and get crafting with your kids right away!