9 Awesome Nature-based Holiday Projects Kids Will Love

If you are looking for something to keep the kids occupied while making a fancy Thanksgiving meal, or while they are home for winter break, I highly recommend crafts. You don’t have to be “crafty” to do some fun things with the kids, and we enjoy incorporating natural aspects as often as possible.

nature based holiday activities kids

Here is a roundup of some favorites we found on Pinterest:

Fall Leaf Prints from Meaningful Momma

1. Fall Leaf Prints from Meaningful MommaWe love leaf printing! This year we’ll be decorating craft paper with leaf prints for wrapping presents, and making matching gift tags.  We got this idea first from our visit to Len Foote, when we made bookmarks.  Cut heavy-weight paper in thin strips, add a hole punch and twine, use small leaves, and you’ve got gift tags!


2. Orange Birdseed Feeder by Stephanie Lynn. It’s easy, yet beautiful and elegant.  I love her idea for using gelatin!

#NUO2013 Salt Dough Ornaments my very educated mother

3. Salt Dough Ornaments from My Very Educated MotherWe love the salt dough recipe from this blog, and the idea of adding greenery.


4. Natural Paintbrushes from LearnCreateLove. Such a simple craft that makes beautiful artwork.


5. Kids Personalized Walking Sticks from Brassy Apple. My kids have commandeered my trekking poles, so I love the idea of allowing them to create their own.  These special creations are a lovely addition to a Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s hike.

Rustic-twig-and-cardboard-Christmas-tree-ornaments-stow and tell u

6. Rustic Twig Ornaments from Stow And Tell U. These tree ornaments are adorable, and will have the kids searching for the right twigs for hours in the back yard.

pine cone feeders play based learning

7. Pine Cone Feeders. Another festive idea for the feathered friends in the family. Pine cone feeders are regular crafts at our house! Preschool Inspirations has all the details on this messy and fun craft.

rosemary playdough imagination tree

8. Rosemary Playdough from The Imagination Tree. Rosemary is the smell of the season! I love to bring it indoors in winter.  Make a batch of playdough for the kids (they can help!) and an extra batch as a gift for a friend.

twig frame make it your own

9. Twig Photo Frame from Make-it-your-own. I cannot thing of a cuter way to present a Parent or Grandparent with a photo this season. So simple, easy, and beautiful.

Disclosure: I found these ideas on Pinterest, and shared them here because they are things I would do/have done with my own family. Thanks to the included blogs for allowing me to use their photos. As always, if I didn’t think it was killer, I wouldn’t write about. #keepingitreal

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Your kids will love creating these 9 nature based holiday projects! The projects are easy, fun, creative, and some of the supplies are even FREE. Give your child the gift of experiences this winter. Many of these projects are also great homemade gift ideas for your kids to give their family members. What a wonderful way to get your child outdoors while celebrating the holidays at the same time. #Christmas #holidays #kids #crafts #handmade #giftideas #family
nature based holiday projects for kids