Inspired by Nature
The captivating colours, patterns and forms of our natural world have provided inspiration and materials for arts and crafts since the earliest of times. Techniques and skills have been developed and refined over generations, and are an important part of every cultural heritage. Nature crafts are a great way to encourage kids to develop a stronger connection with the natural world. In addition, the process of discovering and collecting all the leaves, flowers, seedpods and other bits and pieces is as enjoyable as the nature crafts themselves! This website, blog and my books contain a wide range of inspiring nature crafts for kids of all ages.
Benefits of Nature
The long-held belief that nature is good for us is now backed up by solid scientific research, showing significant physical and mental health benefits of spending time in nature. It is vital that children spend time outdoors, in nature rich environments. Sadly however, in this era of technology and high density living, children are spending much less time playing outside than previous generations. Heading outside to hunt for natural materials for crafting is a great way to get kids away from their screens, at least for a while!
The more time we spend outside in beautiful forests, beaches, parks and gardens, the more we grow to cherish and respect nature. Most importantly, if children develop a love and respect for our amazing and beautiful natural world, they are more likely to take steps as adults to conserve it.
Experimentation and Creativity
All kids have an innate ability to experiment and create, but sometimes they need a little prompting and direction to begin. The nature crafts in my posts are a great starting point. Instructions are deliberately brief and loose, as the intention is to encourage experimentation and creativity rather than replication. With opportunity and encouragement, children’s imaginations will bring their own amazing and original ideas to life!
So if you’re an educator, parent or carer looking for ideas to encourage kids to spend more time playing outside and being creative with nature, then this is the site for you!
Nature Crafts for Kids Blog
You can also follow me on Instagram @naturecraftsforkids.
Lots more inspiring Nature Crafts for kids in my books!
My first book, Nature Crafts for Aussie Kids, is aimed at Australian families and educators.
The second, Nature Crafts with Common Plants, is a great resource for everyone, wherever you live.
For book, workshop or other enquiries, please contact me on:
phone 0432289378 (Australia)