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A Roundup of Our Best-Loved Spring Nature Crafts

Don’t you just love this time of year? Here in Colorado, March tends to be more of a battle between winter and spring, as the first flowers bravely peek out from fresh waves of snow.

Nature crafts are a fun way to celebrate the new season while we wait for things outdoors to thaw. I’ve put together a roundup of some of the springtime activities the kids and I have done over the years, and I hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

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Swallowtail Caterpillar Playdough

 Check out this post on how to make a Swallowtail Caterpillar out of playdough.

Spring Flower Sun Catchers

These pretty sun catchers are so easy to make with pressed flowers and contact paper.

Nature Caterpillars

How sweet are these fuzzy little caterpillars?! All you need is playdough and fresh flowers.

Nature Moths

Just gather leaves and spring flowers from your yard to make these sweet moths (or butterflies).

Salt Dough and Seed Garden Art

This was a fun (although messy) project for livening up the wall in our garden. Check out my favorite salt dough recipe here.

Nests and Painted Wooden Eggs

This was a fun way to study nesting birds, while also adding a sweet display to our spring nature table.

Flower Tea and Mud Kitchen Play

Flower tea is so simple, yet hours of fun. Pick some flowers from the yard, fill some kitchen pans with water and you’re good to go!

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Spring Pond Sensory Tray

We love kinetic sand, and this pond sensory tray setup did not disappoint – such a fun way to learn about frogs.

It’s not too late to grab your Spring Journal! Over 50 pages of spring unit studies, journaling pages, phenology wheels and more.

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12 Nature Play Ideas for May

Now that our yard is waking up and everything is blooming, I though it would be fun to do a roundup of nature play ideas you can do from your own backyard:

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Nature Playdough Caterpillars

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Nature Butterfly Symmetry

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Nature Weaving Craft

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Nature Salt-Dough Pendants

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Nature Scavenger Hunt

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Nature Bugs

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Grass Weaving

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Sun Catchers

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Nature Letters

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Nature Mandalas

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Leaf Shape Match

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Flower Mud Kitchen Play

You don’t need anything fancy to do these fun nature crafts – in fact, simpler is often better.

I would love to hear if you try any of these!

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New! The POND Nature Journal is here

Friends, it’s here! The Pond Guided Nature Journal is in my Etsy shop and ready for your little explorer.

Inside are posters, flash cards, coloring pages and journaling prompts covering 5 different topics (frogs, dragonflies, turtles, aquatic plants, aquatic minibeasts), and I’ve also included ideas for activities, sensory play and a book list.

Head over to Etsy to check it out!

 

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The Forest Guided Nature Journal

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It’s finally HERE!

The Wild Child’s Nature Journal ~ The Forest is done and up in my Etsy shop.

This project feels a bit like my fourth child, and I hope it’s something that can be a blessing to you and your kiddos.

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Inside The Forest, I’ve included 8.5×11 posters, flash cards, coloring pages and journaling prompts for eight fascinating organisms you can find in the forest:

Autumn Leaves
Forest Beetles
Fungi
Conifer Trees
Woodpeckers
Ferns
Forest Animals
Moss and Lichen 

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This guided journal is a great option for those of you who have kids just getting started with nature study and nature journaling. It presents a variety of information on species, nature anatomy and life cycles, while keeping it simple and non-intimidating (is that a word???).

Use it alongside your favorite nature study curriculum, or bring it along on your nature walks. 

“We are all meant to be naturalists, each in his own degree, and it is inexcusable to live in a world so full of the marvels of plant and animal life and to care for none of these things.” -Charlotte Mason

We bound ours in a pocket folder (minus the flashcards – those hang above our nature table), and when it’s time for nature study we just pull out the folder and it’s all there.

Nature study is something that is really important to our family, and I believe it’s an essential piece of my children’s education.

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Please let me know how you like it! And feel free to share your experience with the journal on Instagram by using #journalingthewild ~ I would love to see and share your photos.