33 ideas for nature art for kids, including land art, journals, & leaf prints. Some of these art activities are inspired by nature; some use nature items.

Nature Art for Kids: 33 Activities to Try


Nature Art for Kids - 33 Nature Art Activities

This post contains affiliate links. Nature art is the ultimate combination of my two loves.

You know how crazy I am about art. My love affair with nature is even greater, if that’s possible. Yet, to me, they go hand in hand perfectly.

Nature is the original paintbox. All the colors we use can be found in the natural world and all paint pigments and inks were initially made from natural materials, such as plants and stones.

Nature also provides the light that informs how we see the world. And it is the primary source of artistic inspiration from time immemorial.

In fact, here’s a quote about art and nature that I love ::

Art Takes Nature as Its Model - Aristotle Quote

“Art takes nature as its model.” – Aristotle

The other day, I shared 21 Outdoor Ideas for Kids. Today, in honor of Earth Day, I’m putting together a resource of NATURE art activities for kids of all ages  (and, at 39, I still consider myself a kid sometimes).

Kids seem to get nature art intrinsically.

Nature art for kids often combines being outside with physical movement and creative activity.

It’s the perfect trio!

Nature Art for Kids - 33 Nature Art Activities for Children

We like to go for nature walks (which can range from backyard explorations to hikes in the woods), observe the natural world closely, bring treasures back in pockets and backpacks, create seasonal nature tables, and make art with, or inspired, by nature.

Here are lots (and lots!) of interesting nature art activities for kids… Try one today. Put one on the list for next week. And save this list for summertime fun.

Nature Art for Kids

33 Nature Art Activities to Try

Nature Art for Kids - Land Art and Mandalas

Nature Art for Kids - Nature Items as Drawing Prompts

Nature Art for Kids -Flower Printing and Leaf Printing

Nature Art for Kids - Flower Suncatchers

Nature Art for Kids - 3D Nature Suncatcher and a Nature Kaleidoscope

Nature Art for Kids - Rock Art and Nature Chalk Painting

Nature Art for Kids - Leaf Rubbings

Nature Art for Kids - Clay Nature Prints and Clay Faces

Nature Art for Kids - Sunprints and Cloud Painting

Nature Art for Kids - Shadow Tracing and Nature Journals

Nature Art for Kids - Painted Leaves and Pounded Leaves

Nature Art for Kids - Playdough in Nature and Sandcasting

Nature Art for Kids - Nature Weaving and Autumn Leaf Art Projects

Nature Art for Kids - Flower Fairies and Foliage Faces

Nature Art for Kids - Observational Drawing

Nature Art for Kids - Nature Paint Brushes and Craft Materials

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33 ideas for nature art for kids, including land art, journals, & leaf prints. Some of these art activities are inspired by nature; some use nature items.

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  • Reply
    April 22, 2016 at 9:26 am

    I’m an artist/ designer myself and I totally “get” the idea of loving nature more (or as much as) my art/ design as nature is the whole Universe from where I get my inspiration … And I mean including portraits I paint – we’re all a part of nature as far as I’m concerned. Yep, gardens and the outdoors are my inspiration and my love of life!

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    April 22, 2016 at 9:28 am

    And thank you so much for all the lovely inspiration! There’s some wonderful ideas here.

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    Nicole Penkman
    April 19, 2017 at 7:10 am

    Nice nature projects, I love the nature weaving idea, would look so amazing as a decorative feature for the wall in my girls room! Its so amazing how much fun can be incorporated into play time by adding nature! I also love to do some camera time where we go out and photograph things then we print out the best results and then make it into a little personal nature book :D

    I writ about all our nature projects for kids at http://mom.nz/nature-projects-for-kids/ if you want to check it out :)

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    November 28, 2017 at 1:34 am

    Fabulous crafts! You might be interested in checking out my blog at naturecraftsforkids.com for more ideas! Cheers, Kate

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    April 25, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    Oh goodness… What a lovely collection of nature art activities for children! Thank you for including our article on making and keeping a nature journal. :)

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      Jean Van't Hul
      April 26, 2018 at 4:45 am

      Thank you, Nell! I’m so glad you like the nature art ideas I’ve pulled together! :)

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    May 8, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    They are a work of art!

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    Jenitha joseph
    September 24, 2018 at 2:24 am

    Help your kids bring nature inside your home. Read on to inspire your little ones to learn some amazing craftwork that will help your child bond with nature.

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    airbnb management sydney
    April 16, 2019 at 12:17 am

    Thanks for sharing this informative article, i really like it.

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    October 24, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    Hey! Love your website! I can’t seem to find the activity that goes along with that beautiful picture at the top where a young blond child is writing ‘d-a-r-‘ and there’s a beautiful leaf. Can you point met to that activity? Thank you so much!!

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    Merna Kapora
    July 8, 2020 at 3:47 pm

    Awesome!!!! i like it

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