Posted by melissa.t on February 15, 2013
Use the natural materials around you, sticks, rocks, and leaves, to create and play. Remember when I showed you how to make Story Stones? That’s just one of the many playful craft ideas I want to share with you today. These nature crafts are inexpensive and help your children appreciate the possibilities in the natural world.
Rocks and Stones
Blarney Stone (St. Patrick’s Day)
Rock Crystal Garden
Twigs and Branches
Bow and Arrow
Leaf Collection Book
Leaf Person or Animal
Shaving Cream Leaves
So get outside, collect leaves, pinecones, rocks and twigs, and start crafting!
P.S. You’ll love this calendar from The Grass Stain Guru. It shares daily inspiration for natural play and learning.
Posted by melissa.t on February 1, 2013
Posted by melissa.t on December 7, 2012
Posted by melissa.t on October 25, 2012
I don’t know why I adore buttons so much. Maybe they bring back memories of my mother’s button box I used to sort through for hours.
Did your mom have a button box?
Do you have one now?
We’ve been feeling the button love at the Taylor house. In fact, we recently made three crafts that your kids can make too. I think they would be fantastic gifts for the holidays. See what you think.
Weave buttons on a pipe cleaner to make a button bracelet. It’s simple and quite pretty.
Buy a blank canvas for your kids to paint a flower scene, substituting buttons for the flowers.
Button-Eyed Sock Doll
Use a colorful sock. Fill it with stuffing, tying off arms, legs, and a head with rubber bands. Directions here.
What do you think? Aren’t these cute gift ideas?
Posted by melissa.t on September 28, 2012
Time for true confessions– I’m not a crafty mom. At all. Not much of a cook either.
But, I can read directions so I totally rely on cookbooks and crafty books.
Hooray for books!
I am so happy with The Artful Parent‘s new eBook, The Artful Year: Autumn because it’s so easy for un-crafty people like me. My kids and I have been trying all the projects and now our home is decorated with beautiful nature-inspired autumn art!
One of our favorites was melting crayons over rocks. Wow!
Another favorite were these Mod Podge leafy rocks.
Oh, and I have to tell you new idea. See the green stripes underneath the rock? You’ll never guess what it is. It’s not a tablecloth, it’s a shower curtain! My new crafty tablecloth.
I highly recommend this book. It’s only $9.99 and worth every penny to have lots of ideas for autumn crafts at your fingertips and to support the fabulous work of Jean Van’t Hul.
Disclosure: I received my copy of the book for free.