It's time to get lost in the joy of gardening crafts for kids.
On with the old clothes, grab your hats; out and into the garden... the world is bountiful.
Wonder what we'll make today, let's see...
Could it be brilliant decorations, unmovable monuments, mantelpiece-ready ornaments, rainbow-hued replicas of natures lookalikes, guffawing games or handy gadgets?
It's always the season for kid's garden crafts here, so whatever the weather, you'll find something to make inside or out — you bet.
These children nature gifts make unique, unforgettable presents too. Nature is cheaper and more bountiful than store shelves!
Grow a Hairy Harry and other rainy day growing activities.
Here's a game to make that can be played with again and again. It's as much fun as making it as it is to play the game.
See how 4 year old Max did... and teens and adults get a kick out of this game too. Kids' Nature Crafts Memory Game
That's right, let's get out the paints. I like, you like, we all like... painting!
Kids will find painting an outdoor object like steps or fences so hilarious and free-spirited. You might like to offer to help design the outline of what they'd like to paint, or suggest some ideas (swirls, stripes, footprints), or they may just like to randomly splash, splosh.
Paint is not cheap, but you can often pick up sale pots of house paint of odd discontinued lines. Or try www.freecycle.com and type in your area. Someone's bound to have a few pots of paint in their shed... the brighter, the groovier.
Here are some suggested victims for young painters (under guidance of course):
Paint the compost bin with brightly painted colors. Paint worms, snails, flowers, sun, funny faces on it. You can always hide it behind a tree if the effect is toooooo artistic!Plant pots, stepping stones, pavers or bricks look great with patterns on. A child can paint their name on a large stone.Gnomes, driftwood, rocks, garden stakes, notice boards can all get the kids' imaginative treatment. Colored stones can line a path; wooden notice boards on stakes can be painted with "Herbs", or "Jessie's Garden".If you have a back door step or 3, let the kids turn them into a work of art. Cover surrounding area for protection, unless it's garden or grass and won't mind paint splashed on.
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