Handprint/footprint flower craft

handprint flower

Kids like to draw on themselves — or on their siblings. Faces covered in permanent marker. Arms decorated with stripes and dots. Bellies covered in color. This craft lets kids actually paint themselves for a purpose as you create a fun handprint/footprint flower! You’ll need: Fingerpaint 11×17 paper Squirt green paint onto the feet of Read More »

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Personalized paper caterpillar craft

caterpillar name craft

From microscopic egg to tiny larva to chubby caterpillar to gold-flecked chrysalis to adult monarch butterfly — the majestic monarch’s life cycle is something to behold, especially up close. In honor of part of that amazing metamorphosis, try out this fun caterpillar craft that shows just how much you love pollinators too. (Read about incomplete Read More »

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Wearable nature bracelet

woman with a nature bracelet on

So many kids love to bring home trinkets, whether they are visiting a museum, a mall or a park. But moms often discourage bringing home more stuff that will just lie around. However, we have a fun solution for picking up tiny items on your next walk, and this way kids can wear their findings Read More »

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Make a toad hand puppet

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 Read More »

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Make a bee finger puppet with moving legs

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: Read More »

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Shake, wiggle and flop! Create a moving fish

floppy fish

Shake, wiggle and flop. These floppy fish are simple and a lot of fun for kids to make! You’ll just need a few supplies: Two pieces of colored paper Scissors Gluestick Markers Begin with the sheet of paper that you want to be the main color of your fish. Fold one corner in to the Read More »

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Easy and inexpensive pipe cleaner animals

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 Read More »

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Adorable Easter bunny from toilet paper tubes

toilet paper roll bunnies

The family is coming over for Easter Sunday, and you need something adorable to spruce up the table. Plus, you need something to entertain the gaggle of children that will be running around. (Another idea: Fold a simple origami fish) That’s where this simple toilet paper tube bunny craft comes in. It’ll give the kids Read More »

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Make your own duck mask from a paper plate

duck mask craft

As ducks and geese starting migrating through the Iowa Great Lakes area this spring, it’s only appropriate that we feature a waterfowl mask as a craft. (Read “Seven Waterfowl to Look for During Migration.”) I’ll admit I took some creative liberties with the duck coloring in my own duck mask, so when choosing colors feel Read More »

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Fold a simple origami fish

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 Read More »

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