11 Ways To Bring Nature Indoors With Kids
Winter is hanging on with both hands right now, it’s so frustrating not to be able to get outdoors. Some days are so Spring like and calm it’s wonderful and the spring flowers are growing steadily. Then there’s days like today. Wet, cold and windy. YUCK!
So I decided to share some ways to bring nature indoors, so you don’t have to feel trapped indoors. These activities are wonderful if you don’t have a garden or experience horrible Winters and your stuck indoors. Give them a try and comment below and let me know how you get on!
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Plant Play Pots.
This is a little bit of fun. Bring in some of your favourite house plants. Using some of the kids toys why not make them into something playful. A cactus pot could be the scene for a cowboy showdown, a spider plant the scene for an epic battle between dragon and some knights. Or what about a fairy garden in a money plant. These ideas are all so cute and they can be changed to suit your mood.
Growing up I loved these beautiful plants. My mum would have one hanging in the bathroom and it would thrive in the steamy atmosphere. Why not get a few of these and dot them around the bathroom. They need almost no looking after and can bring a lovely outdoors feel. Also, for the bathroom,why not try hanging some eucalyptus from the shower head? This adds a wonderful smell to the air when the steam heats the essential oils inside and looks amazing.
Fun with succulents.
Houseleeks and other small succulents grow in very little soil and need very little care.
You can use a box frame with mesh on it to plant succulents in to make a hanging picture for your home. Like this one from Balconygardenweb.com
Add a touch of the whimsical to your houseplants and plant some in old toys like an old toy truck. These troll dolls(above) and truck have been recycles into fun planters the kids love. You could use any toys for this and recycle them into a new purpose. Try this one from tobyandroo.com
Grow something tasty on the window sill.
There are so many things you can grow on a windowsill, you’ll be spoiled for choice.
You could try salads in pots on the window for kids to snip off the leaves as they grow, or another good idea is to sow lots of pea shoots in a pot or deep tray. Instead of waiting till the plant sets seeds(pea-pods) use the growing tips as an edible. Better yet. You don’t need special seeds to grow pea shoot. Just buy a cheap bag or dried marrowfat peas from the supermarket. The kind that you might use for soups. These are just dried peas and will grow into fab pea shoot really quickly. Micro greens are also incredibly popular these days with posh chef’s using them as a new ingredient. You can grow them at home so easily. Or why not grow something hot hot hot and grow a chilli or a pepper?
Regrow vegetable scraps.
Bring your wildlife indoors
A wonderful activity we tried last year was bringing in some wildlife. In May we ordered some catapillars which we kept in a butterfly net and fed it daily. Eventually it wrapped itself into a cocoon and turned into a beautiful butterfly. The kids were beside themselves with excitement each day but it was a little sad when they had to set the butterfly free. We have also tried raising a tadpole in a tank of water. My son ED set up an old fish tank with some gravel and a little water in it. We put in a stone so the little frogs can crawl up. Everyone watched and waited and they eventually grew all their arms and legs and begin hopping about. the kids loved taking the tadpoles back to their original pond at our allotments where they hopped off into the sunset.
Here are some kits you could try:-
A Butterfly Farm
or A Snail World
Make a terrarium
Check out morningchores.com for some fantastic terranium ideas
Pinecone or moss house plant topper.
Use small pinecones as a dressing on top of your houseplants for an unusual but natural look. They help to keep in moisture and slowly breakdown to feed your plant too.
Cress initials with coriander.
This picture and craft here by Citygirlgonecoastal is a great example of sowing cress seed. However, you don’t need to just use cress. You can use any fast growing micro leaves such as, cress, rocket, broccoli, radishes,
Other seeds to try are basil, beetroot, cabbage, chard, chervil, chicory, coriander, dill, fennel, kale, kohl rabi, mibuna, mizuna, mustard, orach, pak choi, radish, rocket, sorrel or spinach. The list is endless and it’s a great way to introduce kids to knew flavours too.
Photographs with kids.
A great way for kids to bring nature indoors is too photograph it. My son ED is wonderful at capturing a perfect image. Why not go for a day out to the zoo, or a wildlife park and try to take some unusual pictures you can take home. Make a college, canvas, photobook or even printable wallpaper to look at in your home when you can’t get out.
Set up a collectors box.
This idea from photoshop.com is a great way to display anything the kids love to collect when they’re outside. Encourage the kids to collect all sorts of pretty bits. Pinecones. Feathers. Leaves. Twigs etc. Then display them indoors where the kids can play and explore with them. A tray of conkers and pinecones, recently became a feeding tray for a group of zoo animals the kids were playing with.
You could display your bits in a small basket, I have also used cutlery tray inners and a muffin tray before. Have fun with it.
So, I hope you have found a few ideas you can try. Bringing nature indoors can be so rewarding. Do you have Any other ideas?? Hit comment and let me know.