Nurture your child with these nature crafts. As they grow, these crafts transform into collections. The transformation continues as they become keepsakes they will treasure. Curiosity and interest in the environment gives children a greater understanding of where we live. Understanding the environment shows us how to protect our precious natural resources.
Specimen Collector’s Box
• Box divided into compartments (a box for screws and nails from the hardware store is perfect; we used the 15-piece Aluminum Display Box by SE, available on Amazon for $12)
• Small round sticker labels (found at office supply stores)
• Pocket-sized notepad
1. Collect specimens, such as rocks and flower petals, from your yard or a nearby park. Place each in a separate compartment. (You can also use small plastic insect and animal toys to symbolize live creatures you come across.)
2. Place a label on each compartment and number it. In your notepad, write about each numbered specimen you’ve collected.
• Jars (thick glass or plastic)
• Sand, soil, cotton, or moss
• Twigs, pinecones, shells, leaves, or pebbles
• Small plastic animal figures
Arrange in jar and learn about individual ecosystems. Place on a shelf in their room for further examination and, of course, to admire.
Go to Scholastic for other great ideas for children of all ages.
A couple of earth friendly things you can do to educate your little ones about water is look up your local watershed. You can do this by clicking here and entering your zip code. Next, visit your watershed and familiarize yourself with it. Lastly, get involved. Go to the Water Keeper Alliance to find out how. Good luck and happy conservation!