As the weather is warming up, most of us are looking for ways to get our kids to spend more time outdoors and less time inside. Today we’re bringing you 14 nature activities for kids. These activities are all nature-inspired and designed to bring you and your kids closer to the outdoors!
- Leaf Rubbing Art & Science Activity – This easy leaf rubbing activity is part art and part science project as kids create a leaf collage and get a peek into the parts of a leaf!
- Make a Bee Habitat – Learn about the life cycle of a bee while building this mason bee habitat together!
- Dough Nature Portraits – Go out and collect leaves, sticks, twigs, acorns, and anything else you can find and get creative with these salt-free dough nature portraits!
- Nature Scavenger Hunt – Print off this outdoor scavenger hunt and get out to explore!
- Make a Twig Boat – This activity is free, gets the creative juices flowing, and is totally eco-friendly.
- Rock Balancing or Stone Stacking – Rock balancing is when stones are stacked one on top of the other to create stone sculptures or land art. This STEAM activity is great for all ages!
- Natural Paint Brushes – Making natural paint brushes is a simple and fun activity that produces great results!
- DIY Bird Feeders – These are so fun to make and the birds will thank you for it!
- Nature Journals for Children – This ultimate guide to nature journals for children is full of ideas you can use to make your own nature journal, start a nature study, and explore the natural world.
- Invitation to Play with Mud – This one is pretty easy to set up! Put some dirt in a container, put out a watering can or container of water and some cups, spoons and scoops and let them play!
- Nature Inspired Sensory Bottles – Nature inspired sensory bottles are the perfect way for babies and toddlers to safely investigate natural items without the risk of choking on them. They’re pretty mesmerizing for older kids and adults, too!
- Seed Bombs – Planting seeds is a wonderful kick off to spring and summer natural sciences and learning how to make seed bombs is a great way to get your planting started!
- Sensory Nature Cutting Tray – This is a fabulous activity that allows children to get really hands on with their nature finds and to take the time to truly explore their shapes, smells, colors, and textures and develop important fine motor and scissor skills, too.
- Flower Crowns – Flower crowns are a lovely nature craft that you can use on a nature walk to explore the plants you discover along the way.
What are some nature activities that you did as a kid, or that you like to do with your kids? Let us know!