If you’re looking for something to keep the kids occupied over the holiday breaks — crafting is a great choice.
You don’t even have to be “crafty” to do some of these fun things with your kids. All of these Pinterest ideas incorporate natural materials as much as possible — making “gathering supplies” as easy as a trip to the backyard.
Here are some awesome nature-based holiday projects the kids (and you!) will love.
FALL LEAF PRINTS FROM MEANINGFUL MOMMA
We love leaf printing! This year we’ll be decorating craft paper with leaf prints for wrapping presents, and making matching gift tags. Or the prints themselves could be the gift — your kids will love seeing their hard work in a frame!
We got this idea first from our visit to the Len Foote Hike Inn, 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!
ORANGE BIRDSEED FEEDER BY STEPHANIE LYNN
It’s time to feed the birds!
This craft is easy, yet beautiful and elegant. Making outdoor ornaments for our winged friends to enjoy. Just hollow out an orange, mix birdseed with gelatin, and hang! I love this idea.
SALT DOUGH ORNAMENTS FROM MY VERY EDUCATED MOTHER
I just adore making salt dough ornaments with my kids, and the recipe from the My Very Educated Mother blog is our favorite.
I really love the idea of adding greenery to them too! Maybe a snip off your Christmas tree?
NATURAL PAINTBRUSHES FROM LEARNCREATELOVE
This simple craft from LearnCreateLove makes the most unique and beautiful artwork. Your kids will love finding their brushes, and then making something amazing with paint!
The artwork created from these would make great gifts.
KIDS PERSONALIZED WALKING STICK FROM BRASSY APPLE
A hiking family’s dream gift!
My kids have commandeered my trekking poles, so I love the idea of allowing them to create their own to use. These special creations from Brassy Apple are a lovely addition to a Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s hike. Just find the perfect stick, and let them go wild with paints. So fun!
RUSTIC TWIG ORNAMENTS FROM STOW AND TELL U
These tree twig ornaments from the Stow and Tell U blog are adorable — and so easy!
These simple ornaments will have the kids searching for the right twigs in the backyard before enjoying putting it together. They’d be perfect for your tree, or as gifts or gift toppers. Love them!
PINE CONE FEEDERS FROM PRESCHOOL INSPIRATIONS
Here’s another festive idea for the feathered friends in the family. Pine cone feeders are regular crafts at our house! We almost always have the ingredients for this craft on hand, so it’s easy to set up when the mood strikes.
Preschool Inspirations has all the details on this messy and fun craft.
ROSEMARY PLAYDOUGH FROM THE IMAGINATION TREE
Rosemary is the smell of the season, and I love to bring it indoors in winter.
Make a batch of homemade playdough for the kids (they can help!) and an extra batch as a gift for a friend. The Imagination Tree blog has all the details on this natural, herbal playdough.
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 holiday season.
This craft from Make-It-Your-Own is so simple, easy, and beautiful. The kids will love collecting the supplies and putting it together. So sweet!
MORE HOLIDAY FUN:
- CHRISTMAS EVENTS: Christmas in Atlanta: Your Festive Guide To The Best Holiday Events
- LAKE LANIER ISLANDS LIGHTS: Lakeside Lights Spectacular Returns
- GARDEN LIGHTS: Atlanta Botanical Garden Lights: Brilliant Holiday Fun
- STONE MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS: Tips & Tricks for Maximum Fun At Stone Mountain’s Christmas Event
- ICE SKATING: The Best Rinks in Atlanta for Kids, Teens & Adults
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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