It's time to get lost in the joy of gardening crafts for kids.
On with the old clothes, grab your hats; out and into the garden... the world is bountiful.
Wonder what we'll make today, let's see...
Could it be brilliant decorations, unmoveable monuments, mantlepiece-ready ornaments, rainbow-hued replicas of natures lookalikes, guffawing games or handy gadgets?
It's always the season for kid's garden crafts here, so whatever the weather, you'll find something to make inside or out — you bet.
These children's nature gifts make unique, unforgetable presents too. Nature is cheaper and more bountiful than store shelves!
Grow a Hairy Harry and other rainy day growing activities.
Here's a game to make that can be played with again and again. It's as much fun as making it as it is to play the game.
See how 4 year old Max did... and teens and adults get a kick out of this game too. Kids' Nature Crafts Memory Game
That's right, let's get out the paints. I like, you like, we all like... painting!
Kids will find painting outdoor objects, especially large surfaces like steps or fences, so hillarious and free-spirited.
You might like to offer to help design the outline of what they'd like to paint, or suggest some ideas (swirls, stripes, footprints), or they may just like to randomly splash, splosh.
Paint isn't cheap, but you can often pick up sale pots of house paint of odd discontinued lines. Or try www.freecycle.com and type in your area. Someone's bound to have a few pots of paint in their shed... the brighter, the groovier.
Here are some suggested victims for young painters (under guidance of course):
Here's a lovely book absolutely filled with crafts for you and children to enjoy!
There are ornaments to make, pinecone crafts, scented creations, leaf beads, plant jewelry, recipes, and many more. There are ideas on how to collect materials and what you need to make the most beautiful, funny, and imaginative crafty things. You can choose to follow easy-peasy ideas, or settle in for a bit more complicated but do-able projects.
I personally like to show my young grandchildren some ideas, let them choose, then off we go to gather the materials. Backyard, park or along the street are all places we can usually collect what we need. Or when you're at the beach or bush walking, collect interesting stuff and bring home ready for your next craft session. Sometimes it involves a trip to the $2 or craft shop to buy wire/ribbon/glue etc. Click to read more Crafting with Nature: Grow or Gather Your Own Supplies for Simple Handmade Crafts, Gifts & Recipes