Do your kids like collecting rocks, branches and moss? These awesome nature finds can be turned into fun DIY toys!
After months of bleak winter, I have to constantly remind myself that under the feet of snow grass is getting ready to grow again. The last month, it was especially difficult, but now the weather is getting better. So we make plans to spend lots of time outside. While my son is playing, I might as well put my hands to good use. For me, there is no better way to enjoy what the receding snow reveals than by hunting for treasures to make new toys from!
Here I have collected ideas for inspiring projects that I can make from materials found in nature – in the 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
Bean Teepee for Backyard play from Adventure in a Box
Animal grass heads from Mother Natured
Threading stick from Minieco
Twig-tac-toe from Fireflies and Mudpies
Grass heads from Red Ted Art
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?