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Chipper Activity + Craft: Nature Walk and Craft Project


Explore the outdoors with your little one(s) and collect nature materials to make cute critters! Not only will you a foster a connection with nature, your kids can also exercise their imaginations and creativity. There is so much you can find outside: nuts, rocks, sticks, leaves, petals, and more. 

Nature Animals | Let's Go Chipper

Picture from naturallymom

Chipper Playfully Teaches: Earth and Space Science, Creative Arts and Fine Motor Skills.

Adventure into the great outdoors with young children and use the natural materials as craft supplies for creating creatures from the children’s imagination or animals identified on the walks.

Collect with a Partner | Let's Go Chipper

Collect with a Partner

Timing: One Hour
Explore and collect: 15 minutes
Craft Time: 30 minutes
Extra 15 minutes:
 Travel time and padding because projects with young children will always take longer than you plan!

What you need:

  • Reusable tote to carry found treasures
  • Cardboard bases from recycled boxes and scrap paper and materials for accessorizing crafts
  • Glue and string
  • A partner or chaperone
  • Imagination
Create a crocodile | Let's Go Chipper

Create a crocodile!

Chippers Tips:

  • Explain the rules of staying together “You can play, but don’t stray!” and the project
  • Check off that everyone has their tote for collecting items. While exploring, be it in the backyard of a school facility, house, childcare center, or beyond the yard, keep children on track by talking about what they might find; the colors, shapes, texture and more.
  • Assist young children with glue or glue gun and string assembly.
  • Welcome conversation while exploring. What do you see, hear, smell and feel?
Get bit by nature...creatively! | Let's Go Chipper

Get bit by nature…creatively!

Upon returning, sit down and talk about the items in the bag and what can be made; a butterfly from leaves, a nature cake, a boat from sticks, a car from rocks and bark. Welcome the conversation and encourage the creativity!

Chipper Activity + Craft: Nature Walk and Craft Project

Image from WildlifeFun4Kids

May 9, 2014 at 1:30 pm Leave a comment

Chipper Recycle Craft: DIY Fall Leaf Animals


DIY Leaf Animals

All it takes is a little embroidery floss or a marker to turn fresh fall leaves into a fun project for you and the little one(s)!

 DIY Leaf Animals

It’s time to head outside and hunt for inter­est­ing leaves! Here are two great ideas for using fresh leaves as a canvas for embroidery or press them and draw fun animal friends!

DIY Stitched Leaves

Get creative and let your child make their favorite animals from fall leaves! Gather together outside and try some of these other Fun Fall Activities.

DIY Leaf Animal

Drawing on Leaves
Leaves are great for drawing animals with ears, like foxes, cats, and owls. Chipper rec­om­mends using leaves from tulip and maple trees or from a common grapevine.

What You Need

  • Leaves, pressed in a heavy, thick book for a couple of days
  • Markers, black and white

DIY Leaf Animal

Take a look at the shape and color of your leaf—there is definitely an animal in there! You can even frame the finished project. This little owl is framed in a painted cheese plate. Plastic tops make great frames for lots of projects so don’t throw them away.

DIY Stitched Leaves

Stitching On The Leaves
Have you ever tried to embroider a fresh leaf? It’s easy and fun! Find some fresh, tough leaves and get your nee­dle and floss ready!

DIY Stitched Leaves

What You Need

  • Fresh leaves work bet­ter than dry ones: I used leaves from a grapevine and wal­nut tree
  • Blunt nee­dle
  • Scis­sors
  • Embroi­dery floss

DIY Stitched Leaves

Take your leaf, thread your nee­dle, and start sewing!

DIY Stitched Leaf

You might want to press the fin­ished leaf in a book.

DIY Leaf Projects

Eagle Owl Sewing Card
For lit­tle hands, make a sewing card for the eagle owl on a tulip tree leaf.

What You Need

  • Print­able eagle owl sewing card tem­plate (down­load here)
  • A4 printer paper 90-120g
  • Blunt nee­dle
  • Scis­sors
  • Embroi­dery floss

Step 1
Down­load the print­able sewing card tem­plate and print it.

Step 2
Take the blunt nee­dle and care­fully punch holes at the ends of the white lines.

Step 3
Cut out the tem­plate cards along the dot­ted line.

Step 4
Thread your nee­dle and start sewing!

DIY Stitched Leaves

That’s all there is to it! Now you’re set with a cou­ple of fun fall activ­i­ties that will keep you and the lit­tle ones busy on a crisp, rainy afternoon!

Original pictures and instructions from Handmade Charlotte.

November 3, 2013 at 10:30 am Leave a comment


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