Naturally Crafty

The best craft store may be right outside your door. During nice weather, take time in the cool mornings to gather together pieces of nature to work into craft projects in the afternoons. That way you’ll have a remembrance of the seasons to keep all year long. Rocks can become patterned pictures. Leaves can make delicate prints. Everything in nature can inspire your arts and crafts.

Check out these books and Web sites for craft project ideas that will bring you something of the outdoors inside your house all year long:
 

Recycle materials to make unusual crafts, and learn more about kids who succeed with ecological projects.

Not just crafts but also a book to get kids and their parents gardening together.

Crafts for every season! Step-by-step illustrations make this one very kid-friendly. Sample projects: weaving a twig hat and making decorative bricks. Some activities may require serious tools and adult supervision.

More than sixty projects made from natural materials that are available almost anywhere.

“Children will learn how to build a den from branches, make twig boats to sail across a pond, and voyage through the backyard to find tiny insects and creatures. Activities include invigorating games, natural crafts, and lively adventures, all of which are organized by season.”

Everything’s natural about these crafts. Kids will make their own glue, paints, and play clay from organic materials to complete the projects.

Have fun crafting using plants from the garden.

Learn how to preserve leaves and use them to make leaf imprint coasters, placemats, notecards and more.

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