Nature crafts are a brilliant way to encourage your kids (and the big kid inside you) to get outdoors and get creative.
Today, I am delighted to host a post from author, fellow blogger and mum of two, the lovely Becky Goddard-Hill, taken from her new book, ‘Create Your Own Calm‘.
Becky is a great source of creative, inspiring ideas for children’s activities that don’t cost a bomb, either financially or environmentally. Even better, her books help children with their emotional well-being too. As families juggle the stress of the return to school with coronavirus restrictions, there’s never been a better time for Becky’s books.
My 12-year-old really enjoyed trying activities from Becky’s previous book, ‘Create Your Own Happy‘, such as making her own jam jar snow globe, so we’re really looking forward to dipping into ‘Create Your Own Calm’ too. I’m always keen to encourage my kids to make stuff and get outdoors, from den building to painting rocks.
Do check out Becky’s ideas below for budget-friendly nature crafts, and discover where to find more ideas for calming activities.
This is an extract from ‘Create Your Own Calm’ – an activity book for 6-12 years olds written by Becky Goddard-Hill and published this week by Harper Collins.
It has contains 50 activities, all backed by science, to support kids with their big feelings and develop ways they can help themselves to feel calmer.
In crafting there are no mistakes just unique creations. Anonymous
Making art and crafts from nature is a wonderful way to relax. Just let go of the idea of perfection and focus on your creation being uniquely yours.
There are so many things you can create from nature and your craft materials will be easy to find, free and environmentally friendly to use.
Crafting is a wonderful way to give your brain a break.
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The science bit
Scientists have discovered that the average person has 60,000 thoughts per day. Now doesn’t that sounds completely exhausting and rather stressful.
Our poor busy brains!
Often when you are doing something creative, you find yourself in what’s known as a state of “flow”. This focuses your mind and lets it take a rest from all that thinking. You will feel calmer and less stressed as a result.
Being creative is calming. Nature, we know, also really helps people feel calmer . Put the two together and it is doubly powerful.
You can make your nature art in your garden, in a park, in a wood, or even on a beach, It can be great fun to create little pieces of art in nature and leave them for others to stumble across. It’s like leaving a little gift.
Ideas for nature crafts
As an activity, here are some nature art ideas. Maybe you have some of your own, too?
Make a nature craft window
Collect four sticks roughly the same size to use as a frame.
Make a square with the sticks then fill the inside with flowers and leaves, stones and shells or whatever natural things you can find to make into a picture.
Other ideas could include:
- Make a little picture out of pebbles and leaving it on a path – a heart shape is easy
- Creating a nature spiral with leaves sticks, flowers and stones
- Building a stone tower sculpture
- Using daisy chains to decorate a park bench
- Collecting conkers and making a giant butterfly outline in the grass
- Using small twigs and leaves to make a landscape of small trees
Create a calmer world, by leaving a little piece of nature art to be found!
More frugal activities from ‘Create Your Own Calm’
If you’re feeling inspired by Becky’s nature craft ideas, do check out her other posts with calming and creative suggestions on the ‘Create Your Own Calm’ blog tour:
As in the picture above, discover:
How to make a Relaxation Jar at Red Ted Art
Book Bingo, as an activity to encourage reading, at Penny Reads
Stress Less Yoga for Kids at Rainy Day Mum
Taking about Feelings at Emma and 3
Creating a Pizza Garden at Growing Family
Cloud Watching at Thrifty Mum
Now – over to you. What nature crafts have you tried, from building sandcastles to making a mini garden in a seed tray? Do share in the comments, I’d love to hear.