Try this simple and fun nature craft during your next outdoor adventure with your kids! You just need a few supplies and can reuse the crafting boards over and over again. Just grab some cardboard and rubber bands that you have around the house and start creating these cute nature weaving boards.
It’s spring so it’s time to kick our nature crafting into overdrive! We love heading outdoors to search for new flowers popping up and other beautiful signs of spring. My boys have always loved nature crafting with me and it has helped them appreciate and connect with nature on a deeper level.
My kids loved this craft and I think you and you’re family will too! It’s a great craft for spring and summer and appeals to kids of all ages! Enjoy these pieces of art for as long as you would like and then take the bits of nature out to make a new creation!
Ready to make a few? Here’s what you’ll need..
- Pieces of nature to weave
- Rubber bands
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Here’s How We Made Them:
Draw one picture on one side of the cardboard and cut the lines for your rubber bands. Cutting the lines now will help guide you when you are drawing the picture on the other side.
Draw your picture on the other side, keeping in mind where the rubber bands will be on the board. You don’t want rubber bands running through the eyes of your picture. The other side of my cardboard was white and I decided to draw an animal. I thought that was a fun way to add interest to the activity!
You could put clear contact paper over the cardboard so you can wipe off any dirt. This will help your nature weaving boards last longer.
Now put your rubber bands on the board and you are ready to go!
Now head outside and start collecting pieces of nature! We found dandelions, wild violets, pretty ground coverings, and long pieces of grass to weave through the rubber bands.
You can work on patterns, colors, and plant identification during this activity. You can also discuss the textures and scents of each piece of nature that you weave. Kids will get to work on gross motor skills when they are searching for pieces of nature and fine motor skills when weaving the pieces of nature. There is a ton of learning and developing going on here!
It started to rain, so we brought some pieces of nature in and flipped the boards over to work on those pictures. The boys got a kick out of creating nature crowns for animals!
They turned out so cute! Now put them on a shelf to dry and enjoy these pieces of art!
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I hope you give this simple nature activity a try! I promise, your little nature lovers will love it as much as my boys.