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.
Let’s Build Together!
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
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
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
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
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
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?