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May 27, 2015

Nature in a Frame - A Kid's Project



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I’ve got a kid’s nature project that you can do with your kids, grandkids, or nieces and nephews. I did this project with my nephews when they were younger. It’s easy and fun.


Nature in a Frame

Need:

·         A picture frame
·         White glue
·         Flowers, leaves, etc.
·         A paper bag or basket for collecting
·         Glitter for extra decorating

Steps:

1. Take the kids to a park, your backward, or some other area that is rich in nature where the kids can pick up leaves, flowers, petals, grass, and whatever else they see that catches their fancy.
TIP #1: Give the kids a paper bag or basket to hold their nature goodies. 
TIP #2:  Keep an eye on them. Not only can they wonder, but they may end up picking something up that is not good, such as a cigarette butt. My oldest nephew found a bottle cap. When I told him he couldn’t use it he said, “But you said anything.” Yes, the one time he listens. :P
Carmello, my youngest nephew, loved his big leaf.

2. When you’re back home, lay out the items they found on a table. Cut a piece of paper (any color) that they can glue their findings onto.

3. Give them glue and let them apply glue to the items and stick them on the paper in whatever pattern they want. (My oldest nephew said he made a ninja.)
TIP #3: Make sure they leave a little edge so the flowers, etc. don’t get crushed by the frame. 
TIP #4: Teach them how to use only a little bit of glue. (Just a dot, not a lot.)


4. When they are done, put the frame back together. Show them their masterpiece and find a place for it on the wall.
TIP #5: If they want to use a stick, find a deep frame or remove the glass.

TIP #6: You can have them write their names at the top of the paper and even put glitter on it like my nephews did.
Mello's Nature Ninja.
Carmello's Nature in a Frame.

Happy Spring!


QUESTION: What's your favorite project to do with kids in the spring?


74 comments:

S.A. Larsenッ said...

Love this! I've done something similar with my kids when they were young. The photos you've supplied are awesome. He's so happy!

Stephanie Faris said...

What a great idea! Kids are always looking for something to do and this is perfect. They learn, create, and stay active.

Barbara In Caneyhead said...

Precious boys! And a great idea! It includes the outdoors, physical activity, creativity.
Life & Faith in Caneyhead

Blogoratti said...

Looks like a real fun activity!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Love those big smiles! They look like they're having a lot of fun. :)

Nick Wilford said...

What a great idea! My daughter is forever picking up leaves and twigs. She even brought a big branch round to the back garden, had me stick it in the ground, and now it's her "tree" that is sprouting leaves. Love your nephews' smiles!

Vanessa Morgan said...

Looks like a cute activity.

Sarah Foster said...

What a cute idea!

Pat Hatt said...

Awesome way to have fun and give them something to do with their leaves.

Chrys Fey said...

Thanks! I love doing projects with my nephews. As a kid and even know I have fun doing arts & crafts. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Oh, yes! I have my nephews two days after school and this summer once a week, so I have to keep coming up with projects to keep them entertained.

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, Barbara!

Cherdo said...

This is cute! Kids always love stuff with their name on it, too, so it's perfect!

Chrys Fey said...

It was fun, even for me. :)

Chrys Fey said...

They are the best at big smiles. :D

Chrys Fey said...

That is so cute! Sounds like something I would've done as a kid. :)

Chrys Fey said...

It is. It's perfect for any season too.

Chrys Fey said...

Thanks!

Chrys Fey said...

Exactly! Kids are always picking things up (flowers, grass), so why not give them something to do with it?

Chrys Fey said...

I mostly put their names of it so they wouldn't get them mixed up. Haha. But you're right, they do. :)

betty said...

This is cute (as are your nephews). I had not seen this particular project before, but it does sound like fun! When my kids were younger, we spent a lot of time at the park looking for new buds growing in the spring on plants :)

betty

Julie Flanders said...

Aww, your nephews are adorable!! Such darling pictures. Makes me wish I had some little ones around to do this project with. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Thanks, Betty! I love nature projects so I do it for them but as for myself. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, Julie! They are a few years younger in these pictures.

holli said...

Great idea!! Such a cute craft and it gets the kids outside to find their leaves so its a win win! Your nephews are precious.

Carrie-Anne said...

I'm about ready to ask if I can work for the local Orthodox day camp again, after not working there last year, since I haven't found any other work in this area. We did lots of crafts projects with the kids, both religious and secular. I was stuck with the nursery bunk the second and third years I worked there, so they were a bit more limited in their arts and crafts skills. Most of them, for example, just moved their paintbrush around the canvas and covered it with random colors, so thickly the paper ripped or needed days to dry.

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, Holli! I love projects that involve nature. :)

Chrys Fey said...

I'd love to know what kind of crafts the kids did at the day camp so I could do them with my nephews. :)

Liz A. said...

Sounds like a great summer project when the kiddos have lots of time but little to do.

Liz Blocker said...

What a great project! I love it :) And the frame probably makes kids feel so arty and awesome :)

Sandy said...

What a darling idea! I'll pass this idea onto to friends with little ones around.

Birgit said...

Do I have to work with kids??? :) OK I am not a kid sort of gal unless it is my niece who is now 20 or my friend's kids who would destroy things. I did show my niece how to make a card and she was quite good. I didn't let her use the heating too because it does get very, very hot. She loved to stamp at that time

Patsy said...

Love the look of concentration on their faces.

Chrys Fey said...

Exactly!

Chrys Fey said...

The frame is the best part! A lot better than just gluing nature onto construction paper.

Chrys Fey said...

Great! Thanks, Sandy. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Making a card like the ones you make would be fun.

Chrys Fey said...

LOL! So do I.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

That looks like fun. And your nephews are super cute. I bet they love Aunt Chrys.

Sunni said...

Chrys,

That sounds like a fun project for kids. Your nephews sure are proud of their creations. Look at those smiles! :-)

Sunni

http://sunni-survivinglife.blogspot.com/

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you! <3

Chrys Fey said...

It is a fun project, especially for kids who love nature.

Christine Rains said...

What a great project! I'd love to do something like that with my son, but he has zero interest in artistic stuff. Hmm... maybe if I make finding the stuff into a scavenger hunt... ;)

Lisa Thomson said...

What a fun activity! Your nephews are soooo very cute! Ikea sells a 'shadow box' frame for pretty cheap. That might be a nice way to incorporate chunkier nature elements. Great idea, Chrys and a nice share!

Slamdunk said...

How fun! The smile says it all.

We have not done much with project this spring. We have been just happy to be able to get outside and play. Boo winter.

Unknown said...

Your nephews are gorgeous!! So precious. And what a fun craft! That will definitely keep the girls I babysit busy...;) Thanks for passing it along!

Elizabeth said...

That is such a cute idea :) When I did my student teaching, I had my 2nd graders keep a weather journal for a week where they drew pictures and wrote descriptions of the weather each day. That produced some interesting results and they seemed to enjoy it.

Anonymous said...

Such a creative project, and it keeps them busy and engaged both outdoors and indoors.

sage said...

It is good to interact with kids... I remember building bird houses with my daughter and playing/watching baseball with my son.

Rachna Chhabria said...

Love this Nature in a Frame project. Its so creative and must be keeping the kids busy.

Unknown said...

A cigarette butt would be a nice addition to that mural ;)

Yanting Gueh said...

Carmello is adorable! And his art pieces are excellent (tell him that, won't you, Chrys?) My niece is two and she likes picking up leaves and twigs on her walks. I'll have to try this project with her when she's old enough to handle glue.

Chrys Fey said...

That would be a great idea!

Chrys Fey said...

A shadow box would be nice to use. I never thought of that. Thanks, Lisa!

Chrys Fey said...

My nephews are all for playing outside, even when it's super hot here in Florida.

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, Anne! :)

Yes, this would be perfect to keeps kids occupied while you babysit.

Chrys Fey said...

A weather journal...I love that idea! I'm going to have my nephews every Friday this summer, so having them do a weather journal while they are away would be a neat idea. I'm going to do that!

Chrys Fey said...

Exactly! :)

Chrys Fey said...

I've been wanting to get a birdhouse to paint with my nephews. :)

Chrys Fey said...

It does keep them busy. Until they are done and then they want to do another fun project. haha

Chrys Fey said...

HAHA! I don't think so. :P

Chrys Fey said...

I will definitely tell him. Actually, they don't even know I did this post. I'll have to show they tomorrow. They will think it's cool. :)

diedre Knight said...

What a fun project! My grandson, 'Captain You-name-it', collects rocks (of all things, here in the desert!) most of which are full of pretty sparkles, others are worthy candidates for his rock tumbler. He hangs with me two or three days a week in the summer and has had a Friday night sleep-over since he was born!

Chrys Fey said...

Carmello loves rocks! Especially sparkly ones. He brings them to school in his backpack. :D

cleemckenzie said...

This makes for a whole day of fun: collecting, designing and pasting! Great idea.

Sherry Ellis said...

That's a fun project for kids!

Mary Kirkland said...

How cute! Loved the pictures. Looks like a craft kids would love.

Chrys Fey said...

Thanks, C Lee!

Chrys Fey said...

I hope you do it with yours, Sherry. :D

Chrys Fey said...

Well, my nephews loved it, so I think others would too. :)

Cindy said...

I vaguely remember making one of those. I like how this one came out.

Chrys Fey said...

Thanks, Cindy.

Ava Quinn said...

Your nephew is so adorable!! Love the project!

I hate to admit this, but I swear I'm jinxed when it comes to your blog. I come by, I read, but every time I go to comment, something drags me away and I don't get back! It's ridiculous! Please know, I'm reading and enjoying. And, dang it, I will be commenting more!! lol!!

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, Ava!

Just as long as it's not an error with my blog that's making it hard for you to comment. ;) Thanks for letting me know that you are reading my blog. That's sweet!