Nature Nature Everywhere

naturediscoverybox©c.stoufflet My kids are nature collectors. Rocks, sticks, fossils, acorns, and anything else that finds it’s way onto our walking path. I love this about them, they get it from me after all, but I don’t actually like nature bits scattered all over the house. Some of what we find is really just mess and I secretly toss it into our backyard. Other things are truly awesome wonders. What to do? I want to encourage my nature explorers but maybe not find a load of acorns under someone’s bed. I want something neat, tidy, kid friendly, easy to access but not out in the way all the time.   naturebox5©c.stoufflet Inspiration came while wondering around in Hobby Lobby. While looking at Christmas decorations and such, I ran across this craft paper box thing (nice description). It is advertised as a base for an advent calendar. But what I see are 25 drawers of nature storage! naturebox6©c.stoufflet You could get crafty with the outside or you can keep it plain. Since this sits on a hutch in my dinning area I chose to keep it blank. I like the clean look of it. That, and if I labeled the drawers, I would have to look at my sloppy handwriting every time I sit to eat at the table. Not good for my OCD. naturebox©c.stoufflet1   I love how clean it looks. You can find instructions for the handprint owl HERE. naturebox3©c.stoufflet My kids love to bring it down and look through all the boxes. It also provides a much needed space for all their little nature wonders. I will still probably find pockets full of acorn and rocks, but now we have a special spot for the really great stuff we find.

So there you have it. A nature discovery box. Simple and clean. I can not wait until the weather warms up so we can get back into nature and find some more cool stuff! I have dreams of a curiosity cabinet full of wonders from our family hikes.

Now get out into nature and find some stuff!

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Peter Rabbit- A Pom Pom Bunny

 

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So after making our first little pom pom bunny I dreamed all night of making a Peter Rabbit. That is how you know you are crazy. You dream about making things and can not do anything else until it has been made. For instructions for making Pom Pom Bunnies look HERE. Continue reading

Pom Pom Bunnies

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So I first came across the idea of Pom Pom animals when I found this kit by Klutz at a local toy store. I quickly grabbed it and ran for the register. I just knew my crafty daughter would LOVE it. You can find one HERE on Amazon. Such a great kit! It has everything you need to make at least 3 puppies including little paper purses to fold and put them in. Awesome gift. Continue reading

Spring Butterflies

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There is snow on the ground here again, but we are ignoring it. Its time for Spring to be here and so we are bringing in the season with our Spring Butterfly art.

This is a super simple activity. Better yet, the messier you are the prettier your butterflies. We made these for our windows last year and also as Mother’s Day gifts. The boys were 2 then and they loved it just as much today as they did then. Continue reading

DIY Owl Mask

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*So this may seem a little out of season, but Mardi Gras is this coming week( parade wear! ) and I have an Aunt with a birthday coming up( the reason I am making another mask). Happy Mardi Gras Y’all! * Continue reading

Newspaper Kitties – Inspired by Denise Fiedler

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I first came across this image on Pinterest from kids-finelines. I am always on the hunt for cat art. We have two kitties and so the kids are always excited to make and do anything with cats. Even better, they are inspired by a real artist! Continue reading

Owl Love you Forever- A Valentine Craft For Kids

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This would make a wonderful Valentine’s day gift for parents or grandparents. Everyone LOVES hand print crafts and everyone loves owls. I first came up with this idea when I was put in charge of my daughter’s pre-school Halloween craft. I loved them so much I came home a made one for each of my kiddos. Continue reading