Garden Themed Projects: Using Crafts From The Garden To Teach Kids
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As homeschooling becomes the new norm, social media posts of parents doing projects with their kids abound. Arts and crafts make up a large portion of these, and there are abundant activities that can be done to combine arts and crafts with the great outdoors, specifically the garden. All you have to do is get creative!
Arts and Crafts Ideas for Garden Exploration
Can I teach art lessons to kids even if I’m not artistic? Yes! You don’t have to be an artist or even very creative yourself to combine art activities with nature. The final project doesn’t necessarily have to look like something you can identify, a famous painting, or even similar to another parent or sibling’s that’s also participated. The point of these art lessons for kids is to be child created and nature involved.
Arts and crafts from the garden allow children of all ages to participate, each one using their own method of self-expression. Some may build on certain skills, such as hand-eye coordination or recognizing and identifying common things from the garden, but the finished artwork itself should have as little help as possible from the adult.
Garden Themed Projects
Some of the simplest crafts from the garden include painting with different materials, stamping or printing, tracings or rubbings, using recycled materials to build and decorate, handprints, and more!
Painting with Nature
Children of all ages both enjoy and have fun exploring with paints. Make sure the paint is washable and nontoxic, then let them have fun. One way to do accomplish this is by exploring with different textures and making different designs using garden related objects. These can include, but are not limited to:
- Corn cobs
- Miniature garden tools
Other ways to enjoy using paints are to create things out of hand or footprints (such as toe tulips, thumbprint bugs, or a handprint sunshine).
Stamping, Printing, Tracing, and Rubbing
Using paints or an ink/stamp pad, children can make prints of various items and then look closely at the textures and patterns left on the paper. This can include:
- Apple printing
- Pepper prints (makes a shamrock shape)
- Using potato stamps to create ladybugs and other fun stuff
- Leaves, corn, or other veggies
You can also examine textures on paper by doing rubbings of things such as leaves, grass, and bark. Just place the item under the paper and color over it with a crayon.
Some children may also enjoy tracing different leaves or flowers found outdoors. Fake plants can be used as well if you don’t have any handy or want the children picking your flowers.
This can be done a few different ways. Children can collect items from outdoors or while on a nature walk to include on their collage. They can be provided several items such as different types of seeds or fall related items to create a collage. Or use old magazines to cut out pictures of garden items, flowers, foods you can grow, or make a dream garden collage.
Crafts with Recycled Objects
Old milk jugs can be used to create birdhouses, plastic bottles work well for bird feeders, small jars work for bug catchers (observe and release when you are done), and just about any container can be decorated to use for a potted plant (just be sure to add drainage holes).
Place these crafts outdoors in the garden or landscape area where you can view them being used by nature.
Keepsake Crafts from the Garden
A fun way to save all of the garden inspired keepsakes done by your children is creating an indoor garden. Choose a place inside, maybe a blank wall space, and deem this “the garden.” Anytime your child does a nature theme or garden related piece of artwork, it can be placed in the indoor garden to be displayed.
And don’t forget you can also plan for future garden themed projects by growing your own arts and crafts plants and supplies.
DIY Very Hungry Caterpillar CraftWhere Imagination Grows
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If your kids love "The Very Hungry Caterpillar," they'll love this easy craft for making their very own fruit-loving critter. Made with paper, scissors, glue and some googly eyes, this craft is perfect for any slow moment in the day!
25 Playful Vegetable Activities For Kids
You can teach your kids to love vegetables one way or another with these 25 Playful Vegetable Activities For Kids.
Vegetables are so cool when you can play with them, create with them and of course eat them! Your kids are sure to learn to love veggies after doing these super cool vegetable activities. It doesn’t matter how young or old, rain or shine, you can enjoy these 25 Playful Vegetable Activities for Kids anytime!
Get a little messy with this totally fun Broccoli Painting activity. The kids will love getting dirty and playing with broccoli at the same time!
The kids will absolutely love these Painted Bubble Wrap Corn Sun Catchers! They look so pretty (and healthy) in the window as the sun catches each little painted bubble piece.
Here’s another totally awesome bubble wrap painting activity. Get creative making some bright colored Bubble Wrap Painted Fruits. The kids can make all of their favorite fruits and veggies!
What parent doesn’t love any craft activity that includes hand and foot prints? These adorable Footprint Carrots would make a fantastic Mother’s Day, Easter or Father’s Day gift! Seriously these little feet are just so stinking cute!
Sensory tubs are really so fantastic for kids. This ridiculous adorable Carrot Sensory Tub offers opportunities to explore sights, sounds, smells and textures, imaginary play and of course encourages the love of healthy living.
Who knew that celery could make such beautiful flowers? Try it out with this unique Celery Painting Craft. The kids are going to love it!
Here’s another cool way to use celery for painting! Design your very one Rainbow Fish with nothing but some paint and celery sticks! Make sure to put aside a few celery sticks for snack time afterwards.
With this Digging for Carrots sight word activity you can incorporate gardening, veggies and of course reading all in one fantastic sensory activity.
Kids love to dig in the dirt, plant, and of course the best part – watching their garden grow. With this cute Felt Garden activity the kids can practice their planting skills from the cleanliness of the indoors (without dirt!)
This Finger Print Corn craft is the perfect fall or farm craft for younger children. They may need help cutting out the shapes, but they’ll love to make the corn kernels all by themselves!
Food sensory bins are so simple and great mid-meal snack that’s healthy! Kids would be eating healthy while having fun.
What a super fun activity for the kids to see how you can turn what looks like garbage or a dead veggie into a brand new growing, living, delicious carrot! The kids are sure to love this Vegetable Regrowth Activity. It will keep them coming back and checking on it for days!
This is a cute Bean Growing activity is fantastic to do with kids, inspired by the much loved children’s story, Jack and the Bean Stalk. Kids love watching things grow, and beans seem to grow so quickly and easily!
Play with your food? Yes, please! Your kids will love playing with this way too cool for school Mr Potato Head activity. Not only will they get a chance to play with their food, they get to be silly at the same time! It’s a win- win!
These 3 Peas in a Pod make such a simple and fun activity for kids of all ages. They kids can make them as serious or silly as they like. Add a few googly eyes, a funny face, and peas seem much more appealing!
Don’t throw those old romaine ends away! Regrow your own Romaine from home and show the kids the miracle of growing your own veggies!
This Sponge Growing activity is really cool and perfect for getting the kids started on their first growing experiment. You can do this fun craft any time of the year with kids of all ages!
This Vegetable Math Game helped is perfect for practice counting, comparing, sorting, vocabulary and language skills, while encouraging a love for veggies!
What kid doesn’t love playing with food? Build a house, create a piece of art, and of course finish off with a tasty little snack! This Vegetable Art Activity is sure to keep the kids fascinated and excited about their plateful of veggies!
Give those fruits and veggies a scrub with this fun Cleaning Chore Activity. It’s crazy but the kids love cleaning and doing the chores when you call it an activity! Plus you can use this activity to teach kids the importance of cleaning your food before you eat it.
Now you can check out your very own garden in a bottle – with no waiting for it to grow! Have fun counting the vegetables inside, identifying each one and describing its shape and color with your kiddos.
Here is another exciting sensory activity for your young toddlers. This What’s On My Plate activity teaches kids how to sort, count and identify the veggies they are able to scoop out!
This Underground Vegetable Garden Painting is fantastic for teaching and showing kids how their veggies and plants are going in their very own gardens!
Make a beautiful vegetable masterpiece while learning all about the parts of the plant that we can eat and enjoy!
Carrot painting? Yep that’s right! How much fun is this? Carrots make the perfect writing tool or paint brush for some vegetable art fun!
Why should you craft with kids? Benefits? What about creativity?
Crafts can be fun! But they might not be for every child. Not everyone is crafty or has interest in crafting and that is absolutely OK.
Crafts and craft tutorials can be followed to a dot, or be taken as inspiration and a base for a open ended creative session.
You make crafts suit you! Some kids enjoy following tutorials and making a project that resembles the “original” – which usually results in a sense of pride, while others are more inclined to take their own route and create something completely different. All is OK and should be encouraged. Usually people see arts as more open ended and crafts as end product based, but we think crafts can be open ended too, and even if they are not, there is place for both in this word as the thing that matters most, is taking the time to do something together with the kids and making memories.
Crafting with kids has it’s benefits. It’s good for coordination, coloring crafts help with pencil grip, hand coordination, most crafts for kids are great for fine motor coordination. Making crafts helps build self-confidence, especially when it comes to easy crafts. Most important benefit in my opinion, and this one stands beyond all is bonding.