13 Nature Crafts to Get You Outside This Fall

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Do fall nature crafts for kids, such as painting rocks.

The days are finally cooling off, and I don’t know about you, but at our house that means even more time outside. While I have no problem with letting my children run free at a park or in our backyard, sometimes it’s nice to have an activity to keep us occupied.

Research shows that getting outside can build confidence, promote creativity and imagination, teach responsibility, and get kids moving (to name a few of the many benefits). So put those devices down, grab your kids, grab some friends or neighbors, and get outside! Start crafting with these 13 ideas for fall nature crafts.

Fall Nature Crafts for Kids

1. DIY Pine Trees :: This DIY pine tree is inspired by the Christmas book, Pick a Pine Tree. It’s suitable for toddlers and up, though it may feel more festive closer to the holidays.

2. Stone Activities :: If your child loves to collect rocks, this list of 10 simple and beautiful stone activities is perfect for you.

3. Wild and Free Crafts :: Here are four crafts excerpted from the book Wild and Free Handcrafts by Ainsley Arment. Some require adult assistance and most are best suited for elementary aged children and older (though toddlers will certainly love the nature walks).

4. Flower Sun Catchers :: A sweet little craft that requires a few materials and a fun nature walk to create: flower sun catchers! The great thing about this one is that it’s kid-made art you actually want to hang in your window.

5. Painting Rocks :: Perfect for almost any age: painting rocks! Consider painting leaves, fall words, designs — let your kiddo’s imagination soar.

6. Leaf Impression Clay Ornaments :: All you need from the great outdoors are some leaves for these DIY leaf impression clay ornaments. Add it to our list of easy Christmas craft ideas (that also make great Christmas gifts)!

7. Leaf Garland :: This painted leaf garland would look so pretty on a fireplace or front door this fall.

8. Nature Bugs :: Do your kids love bugs like mine do? Then they’re sure to love these nature bugs, which they can build themselves out of elements found in nature.

9. Bird Feeders :: How about a new twist on an old classic? If you’re lucky enough to have pinecones nearby, by all means, grab one of those. Otherwise, you can make a bird feeder with ice cream cones.

fall nature crafts for kids

10. Stick-and-Leaf Butterfly :: This stick-and-leaf butterfly craft is a combination of the aforementioned painted leaves and DIY nature bugs. Perfect for even the littlest of family members.

11. Sun Catcher :: This gelatin flower sun catcher craft requires a bit of waiting for the final product, but it is so worth the gorgeous end result.

12. Stick Crown :: Inspired by the book Stick Man by Julia Donaldson, this stick crown requires some adult assembly. But be prepared to watch imaginations run wild once it’s done.

13. Flower and Leaf Bookmarks :: These pressed flower and leaf bookmarks would make a perfect gift for a readerly relative or friend. Pair with one of these festive fall books perfect for all ages

And there you have it! Thirteen nature crafts that kids can do this fall. What are some of your favorite fall outdoor crafts? Tell us in the comments!

Chelsea has been a writer for as long as she can remember. She blogs about sustainable fashion, clean beauty, sewing, and intentional living. A Northeastern native, Chelsea now calls the mid-cities home with her husband, Travis; son, Logan; daughter, Alba; and rescue dog, Argos.


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