After months of bleak winter, we need to consciously remind ourselves that the grass will grow again and that we will run through it in our bare feet. We plan to play outside for long hours, so we might as well put little hands to good use. What better way to enjoy what the receding snow reveals than by hunting for treasures to make new toys from?

We want to be ready when spring comes, so that we can make the best of it! So here we have collected ideas for inspiring projects that you can make from materials found in nature – in your backyard, in the park, by the seaside. Make an outdoor excursion of collecting materials, then enjoy some of these fun craft ideas to make new toys! Some of them need to grow in a pot, some of them get painted, and some of them require the use of a saw and hammer to put together.

25 DIY toys from Nature: a collection of inspiring ideas for handmade toys you can build for kids from natural materials

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25 DIY toys from Nature: a collection of inspiring ideas for handmade toys you can build for kids from natural materials

Waldorf-inspired nature blocks from Adventure in a Box

Litttle furniture for fairies and other wee creatures  from Adventure in a Box

Making fairy dishes from seedpods from Natural Kids

25 DIY toys from Nature: a collection of inspiring ideas for handmade toys you can build for kids from natural materials

Fairy tree house from Adventure in a Box

Magic tree house from Everyday Art

Hobbiton garden from Tuts+

Kid-friendly terrarium from Make and Takes

25 DIY toys from Nature: a collection of inspiring ideas for handmade toys you can build for kids from natural materials

Vegetable rocks from Adventure in a Box

Spring time tic-tac-toe from Chicken Scratch NY

Name rocks from Mama. Papa. Bubba.

Rock dominoes from Childcareland Blog

Exploring lines with rocks from You Clever Monkey

10 ideas on how to use stones for play from Happy Hooligans

25 DIY toys from Nature: a collection of inspiring ideas for handmade toys you can build for kids from natural materials

Grass heads from Red Ted Art

Animal grass heads from Mother Natured

Sweetpea teepee from Joyful Toddlers

Twig-tac-toe from Fireflies and Mudpies

Threading stick from Minieco

25 DIY toys from Nature: a collection of inspiring ideas for handmade toys you can build for kids from natural materials

Spring flower sensory bottle from My Little 3 and Me

Nature sensory board from Fun at Home with Kids

Walnut boat from Made by Joel

Twig boat from Minieco

25 DIY toys from Nature: a collection of inspiring ideas for handmade toys you can build for kids from natural materials

Nature suncatcher wind chime from Hands On: as We Grow

Homemade wind chimes with sticks from Happy Hooligans

Sea-glass mobile from All Snug as a Bug

How are you getting ready for spring?

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