Posts Tagged ‘nature craft’

Floral sun catcher brings summer indoors

Photo of suncatcher in the window

Summer is about sun, green grasses and leaves, brightly-colored flower blooms. This sun catcher craft takes all of summer and puts it in one simple piece. To make your own sun catcher, you’ll need: Two self-adhesive laminating sheets Flowers and leaves Scissors Twine First, make sure to use self-adhesive laminating sheets, even if you have…

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Make a toad hand puppet

Photo of the completed puppet

Since we talked today about five facts that will make you love toads (read the blog post here), we decided to make a toad-themed craft. If you look up toad crafts, there are not a lot out there! Like we mentioned in the blog post, toads tend to get overlooked in favor of their more…

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Make a bee finger puppet with moving legs

Photo of bee with fingers as legs

Bees actually have six legs, but when it’s a craft, you can use your imagination right? This fat bumblebee only has two legs, but those two legs actually move, because they are your own fingers! (Make your own bee antenna or try out a pipe cleaner bee!) All you will need for this simple craft is:…

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Easy and inexpensive pipe cleaner animals

Photo of pipe cleaner animals

I was flipping through Pinterest last night when I saw some photos of amazing miniature animal creations and realized that they were all made out of pipe cleaners. That’s something we have a lot of in the craft supply area at the nature center, so I figured it would be the perfect craft to feature…

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Fold a simple origami fish

Photo of origami fish being folded

Origami is one of those crafts that you just feel accomplished when it’s completed. It’s a skill that you can share and show off, and this origami fish is a simple design that even children can do. (Fold a leaping origami frog.) First, take a square sheet of paper — whether it’s origami paper or…

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Turn yourself into a lady bug: Personalized rock craft

Photo of a rock lady bug with a photo head

Have you ever wanted to experience the world through the eyes of an insect? Imagine the viewpoint looking up through the grass, seeing the expansive world that exists right on the surface of the earth. Well, I can’t offer you that view, but I can help you turn yourself into a bug — at least…

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Perfect Halloween nature craft: Spooky leaves!

Photo of a leaf jack-o-lantern

Seasonal crafts that you can make with supplies you find outside are some of the best crafts. And what is there in abundance at this time of year? Leaves! So, for this craft, your first goal is to head outside with the kiddos and pick up three to five of your favorite leaves. We have…

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Leave behind your nature art

Photo of an arrow made out of acorns

Andy Goldsworthy is an intriguing nature artist who makes art, takes a photo and then leaves his art behind. (See some of Goldsworthy’s art here.) From piles of leaves that look like three-dimensional pits to rocks balanced in arches, his art inspires you to head outside and see what you can make with the items…

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Craft of the week: Paw Prints

Photo of a person using ink stamp pad to create fingerprint image

Baby, it’s cold outside. That usually means that people stay inside, but it doesn’t mean that you only have to do indoorsy things! Today’s Nature Tots focused on paw prints, and toddlers and their families joined us for a story, an animal track scavenger hunt, touch bins and a paw print craft. For our craft,…

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Make your own pine cone bird feeder

Photo of pine cone, spoon and shortening

More than 40 people attended last week’s Turkey Trot hike through Kenue Park and ended the Thanksgiving celebration by making their own pinecone bird feeders. If you didn’t attend, why don’t you grab the kids, head out on a wintry hike today, find some pine cones and make bird feeders of your own? Start by…

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