Nature Art for Kids

Nature art for kids includes nature art activities, garden art ideas, and ways to incorporate nature items and inspiration into everyday art activities.

How to Make Homemade Bubbles

How to Make Homemade BubblesYesterday, when I wrote about making homemade bubble wands with the kids, I promised to share photos of them using their new bubble wands as well as the instructions for how to make homemade bubbles.

Here goes!

First the bubbles recipe and then the photos…

How to Make Homemade Bubbles

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 cups warm water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup Dawn dish soap

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Whisk the sugar into the warm water until the sugar dissolves.

2. Add the dish soap and whisk to combine.

3. Blow bubbles with your new bubble solution!… 

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Easter Egg Suncatcher Craft with Flower Petals

Easter Egg Suncatcher Craft for Kids with Spring FlowersIf you follow me on facebook or via Instagram, you may have seen a sneak preview of this Easter egg suncatcher craft yesterday.

These suncatchers seemed like the perfect way to celebrate the floral explosion going on around us.

Daphne’s already picking flowers for us several times a day and delivering them to us at desks, tables, or in our pockets. I usually transfer these sweet gifts to water, but decided it was time we made suncatchers with flowers.

This Easter egg suncatcher craft combines two of our favorite spring suncatchers…

Flower mandala suncatchers &
Easter egg suncatchers (with ribbon, lace, & tissue paper)… 

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11 Pictures of Snowmen + Creative Ideas for Making Your Own

10 Pictures of Snowmen - Plus ideas and inspiration for building and decorating a snowman with your kids!

Have your kids been building snowmen this winter?

Like many of you, we’ve had more than our usual snowfall recently and Maia and Daphne have been reveling in it as only kids can. They’ve been sledding, making snow angels, building (part of) an igloo, stomping around, tasting the snow, spying animal tracks in the snow, and, of course, building snowmen.

It’s been a snow extravaganza.

Pictures of Snowmen

Here’s the snowman the kids built this past week. Small, well outfitted, and ready to catch all those winter butterflies we have around here.

Pictures of Snowmen and Snow Women

Or snow woman, I should say. She had lovely miscanthus hair from the grasses in our garden and half of an evergreen leaf for a smile.

Apparently everyone in our neighborhood had the same idea (minus the miscanthus hair). As I took the short walk to the store on Friday, I saw no fewer than 15 snowmen. And that was just in the front yards. After I spied a snowman in a kayak, I knew I needed to start taking photos.

Here are 10 of those pictures of snowmen (with Maia’s snow woman above being #11):

Pictures of Snowmen

The snowmen ranged from the traditional…

Pictures of Snowmen

…to the not-so-traditional. This cool snowman dude is waving to passersby from a bench in the same yard as the two more-traditional looking snowmen in the photo above.

Pictures of Snowmen

I love the icicle hair and twisty-branch arms on this snowman. (Maia and I decided that we’re going to give our snowman icicle hair the next time we build one!) 

Pictures of Snowmen

Here’s the kayaker snowman, wearing a helmet and riding in a red kayak. It made me smile.

Pictures of Snowmen and Snow Women

This snow woman is sporting an awesome hairdo of evergreen branches and is dressed for a beach vacation.

Pictures of Snowmen

And here are the last four pictures of snowmen: one with tomato cages for arms and an elaborate hairdo or crown on his head (not sure what that is), a jolly traditional snowman, a snow woman with a very small head, and a  snowman with a pacifier in his mouth.

Which snowman is your favorite?

Colored Ice Snowman Decorations from The Artful Winter eBook by The Artful Parent

More Snowmen Ideas for Building & Decorating Your Own Creative Snowman

Glitter Leaves :: A Simply Beautiful Autumn Leaf Craft

Glitter Leaves -- A simple and beautiful Autumn leaf craft for kids and adults alike!

The other day, when we began our much-anticipated annual leaf doodles, I brought the glitter to the table, too. Just because. And ended up making beautiful glitter leaves in addition to our now-traditional doodle leaves.

We each approached the materials and activity differently, which is always interesting for me to observe.

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Carving a Pumpkin Fairy House

A Fairy House from a Pumpkin!

We've been carving pumpkins a couple times already and both times the girls chose to carve a fairy house from the pumpkin rather than a traditional jack-o'-lantern face. 

I blame Pinterest.

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Sandcasting… In the Sandbox!

Sandcasting... In the Sandbox!

Have you tried casting plaster shapes in sand yet? We've done sandcasting at the beach a couple of times with great success, digging a hole in the sand, lining it with shells, rocks, and other found treasures, then filling the hole with plaster. It's fun when you need a break from the water and the result is a pretty awesome memento of your time at the beach.

While we didn't get to the beach this summer, we really wanted to do some sandcasting. So we decided to give it a go in the sandbox. 

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Flower Crowns & Necklaces (Yes, Stained Glass!)

How to Make Flower Crowns and Necklaces

We made some beautiful flower crowns yesterday. Necklaces, too. So easy and yet really quite stunning. It seems the perfect lazy summer activity as well—to celebrate summer, for pretend play accessories, as a party activity, or just because.

Here's how we did it…

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Flowers Everywhere!! (& A Pay-What-You-Can Sale on My Spring Crafts eBook)

Spring Flowers 21

The entire garden popped into bloom while I was away at my Grandma's.

Coming home to see color everywhere was incredible. The dogwoods and redbud, the tulips and daffodils, the creeping phlox and lilac, the candytuft and ajuga… The everything! Everywhere I looked there were flowers in bloom.

There's a quote I love by Ralph Waldo Emerson—"The earth laughs in flowers."

Perhaps it's more appropriate for summer, but after a longer-than-usual winter, including snows during our spring break, this floral abundance seems so joyful

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Mixed Media Autumn Leaf Painting

Mixed Media Autumn Leaf Painting

We've continued to experiment with doodled autumn leaves in combination with other fall arts and crafts ideas just because they are so fun and beautiful. These fall paintings were recently made by Maia and Daphne on canvas with paints, leaves, and metallic sharpies.

The sharpie drawings were more of an afterthought on this particular project, but such a nice one. I'm starting to think that every art project needs a little silver or gold sharpie addition…

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