8 Simple Ways for Children to Create with Natural Materials {Discover & Explore}

This week’s Discover and Explore theme is creating with natural materials! I’ve put together a mini roundup of ways we’ve created with nature here on Buggy and Buddy. I can’t wait to see what other ways to create with natural materials are shared this week! (Be sure to link up all your nature related posts at the end of this post!)

 8 Simple Ways for Kids to Create Using Natural Materials~ Buggy and Buddy

It’s so important to involve nature in our daily play and creating. Encouraging children to explore our natural resources is such a wonderful opportunity to promote curiosity and discovery through wonderful sensory experiences. During our play outside, whether at the beach, park or even our backyard, we often collect items from nature to play and create with indoors too!

I’m so excited to share a few ways we’ve played and created with nature. I hope these ideas (and all the ones linked up below) will help to inspire you and your children! (This post contains affiliate links to Amazon.)


8 Simple Ways for Children to Create

with Natural Materials

Create symmetrical art using natural objects and sun paper

Symmetrical Art

You can use natural materials to create patterns and designs. In this post we learned all about symmetry and finished off our experience by creating symmetrical art with natural objects and sun art paper!


Create letter stones for inside or outside learning and play!

Letter Stones

My 5 year old helped me make these letter stones with some rocks, stickers, and Mod Podge. They are perfect for both indoor and outdoor play and learning! 


Making a Fairy Garden

Make a Fairy Garden

Every spring the kids and I plant a fairy garden. This garden actually serves as a wonderful play area encouraging the kids to interact with natural materials through imaginative play!


Weaving with Nature

Weaving with Nature

We shared a post on Housing a Forest showing how to create simple looms that kids can carry around to collect nature treasures. Lucy enjoyed using the nature loom to decorate her fairy garden!


Creating Art with Flower Petals and Leaves

Creating Art with Flower Petals and Leaf Pigments

Flower petals and leaves inspired this science lesson on plant pigments. We turned our findings into some colorful banners!


Decorate Pinecones for Fall

Decorate Pinecones

This fall I set up a simple invitation to create using pinecones and fall colored craft materials. Both my 2 year old and 5 year old loved it! You could adapt this activity to any season!


Create with Salt

Create with Salt

Using salt and some squeeze bottles, we created all kinds of colorful masterpieces outside! 


Set up a nature area in your home

Set Up a Nature Area in Your Home

One of our favorite ways to explore nature is by setting up a nature area in our home. We keep all our nature treasures there for the kids to explore, along with our children’s books based on the current season. 

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We’d love for you to share how you 

Discover and Explore: Creating with Natural Materials!

Upcoming Themes:

Currently Open– Creating with Natural Materials

October 30th– Science Experiments for Kids

November 6th– Thanksgiving

November 13th– Cooking with Kids

November 20th– Life Skills


Please read the following guidelines for sharing:

  • Share family-friendly posts related to the weekly topic — kids activities, crafts, recipes, nature outings, printables, etc.
  • By linking up, you are giving me permission to share your post including one photo in our weekly feature post and on social media channels.
  • Visit 2-3 other posts that have linked up, find some new ideas & meet new friends!
  • If you’d like, grab a button for your post — we love to share and want to find lots of great activities to highlight for you!

The linky will remain open for one week. Then all five co-hosts will feature activities in a separate post the Friday after the linky closes. All featured posts will be shared on the Discover and Explore Pinterest Board.  (Be sure to follow so you don’t miss any features!)

Don’t forget to follow all my amazing co-hosts to see what they’re sharing this week!

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  1. Beautiful projects Chelsey. I never thought of use Mod Podge on rocks – so clever! Thank you for sharing on our page today! Pinned! :)

  2. I love nature play – great ideas, thanks for sharing :)

  3. These are all so beautiful and I bet the textures are great too. The rocks just look so gorgeous with the mod podge on it. Who’d have thunk it?! Those looms are so cool too!


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