Getting kids outside isn’t easy these days. Too many distractions inside like screens, tablets, phones, and game consoles.
But as parents we need to help encourage them to get outdoors for fresh air, health and well being.
So how can we do that??
Well for my brood, I find these outdoor crafts are an amazing way to bring the indoors, outdoors and.get my kids to get out and have fun.
Welly Boot Strawberry Fun.
This is a great way to repurpose old kids wellies, whether its one pair or dozens, its a fantastic way to brighten up any sunny corner.
We’ve grown strawberries, but you could try strawberries, herbs, poppies or even mini tomatoes. The options are endless.
For This Outdoor Craft You’ll need:
- An pair of old wellies
- Compost, a good multipurpose should do.
- Some small strawberry plants or your chosen seeds.
How To Make It
- Take your wellies and make a few holes around the base with a sharp pair of scissors.
- Fill your boots with compost leaving a gap at the top to allow for watering.
- Plant your seedlings or seeds into the boot
- Water well and place somewhere sunny to wait for your delicious berries (or whatever your seeds will be)
How To Make A Bottle Top Garden
Materials You Will Need
- Lots and lots of bottle caps. (A coffee shop also put out a basket and collected the milk bottle tops for us for FREE!)
- Small hand trowel to flatted the soil and remove some extra grass in areas
- A cover for the kids to sit on to keep clean.
- Cement mix to lay the bottle caps on and more for afterwards to set over the top
What To Do
- Firstly, scratch out an approximate shape in the mud.
- Using a firm cement mix, spread out a 2 cm layer over the shape.
- separate all the bottle caps into colours and split each colour in 2, one pile for each wing
- make an outline for the butterfly.
- Lay the white lids up the centre, then use each colour in turn to make a pattern down the wings.
- As we reached the lower end of the wings we realised we didn’t have enough caps to make more full bands of colour so we made a mixture for the last part.
- Once all the caps are inserted, push them into the cement mixture.
How To Make A Pony Bead Sun Catcher
- A Metal non stick baking dishes in various sizes. I used old cake pans, mini tart dishes and 12 hole fairy cake tray.
- Cocktail sticks to help you place your beads.
- Pony beads in your desired colours.
- Wire or thread
- Gas or electric grill (preferably outside but you can do it indoors with very good ventilation)
How To Make
- Take a non stick cake tin and lay it flat.
- Lay beads inside in your chosen pattern
- Pop in a hot oven for 20 minutes. Make sure there is lots of ventilation
- Leave your shapes to cool completely
- Use a small drill to make a hole to hang your creation.
- You could use metal cookie cutters or muffin tins to make a variety of shapes and sizes..
We discovered these wind spinners recently in a shop, but I couldn’t justify the price they were asking. SO we made our own!
- Garden wire
- Wire cutters
- Some marbles, beads or alternative balls
- Thread or fishing line
- Beads or marbles
What To do
- Start by deciding on the size or ball or marble to use. The size you use for the ball will determine the rest of your spinner.
- Next you need to cut a piece of wire. I used a piece around 30cm long for the marble spinners and for the larger ones the wire was around 60cm. Play about with the length, I started adding more length so I could add more fun swirls in the wire at either end.
- Wind the wire around your chosen template. A pen or a rolling pin in our case. Leave a little un-coiled at either end.
- Slip it off and there you have your coil. If you want your coil to taper to a point at one end simple take hole of that end and twist the coil so it tightens a little with each part of the coil.
- At the opposite end, bend that over to make a loop for hanging it.
- In the middle of your spinner you need to insert your ball. Simply pull the coil apart gently so the ball can be pushed in, not too much as it still need to be tight. Press the coil back around the ball so it can’t escape.
- The last step is to simply tie a length of thread through the loop so it will hang. We found the longer the thread the more spinning your creation will do. Try a 20cm length of thread as a guide.
- Now all that’s left to do it to find somewhere to hang your spinner up and enjoy it.
Make Your Garden Beautiful With Painted Rocks
What could be simplier than painting some garden rocks to look like your favourite pet, monster or superhero???
We use a thin coat of white paint. Then when dry wenpaint our rocks to look amazing. A final coat of varnish to finish and they’re good to go outside.
Press Some Beautful Summer Flowers
A fun activity topass the time on a summer day.
Pick some flowers on a dry day and press them in a book.
- Open your book to the centre.
- Line the inside of the pages with kitchen roll or other absorbant paper
- Lay out your flowers, gently close the book and lay under something heavy.
After 10 days, reveal your beautiful flowers and try all sorts of crafts to use them. Bookmarks, pictures in frames or candles. They have so many uses.
Wild Flower Seed Bombs
Seed bombs are incredibly easy to make and are so much fun to make.
- And your chosen seeds
To Make This Outdoor Craft
- Mix the soil and flour together
- Add enough water to make a damp mixture that holds its shape when pressed together.
- Roll this mixture into golf ball sized ball shapes.
- Roll this ball into a dish or your chosen seeds. We like to use wild flower seeds as well as Calendula, Marigolds, Poppies, or even Cornflowers.
- Try to select small seeded varieties, however if you choose larger seeds just add fewer to each ball.
- Place your seed balls onto a tray and leave them in a sunny place to dry.
- Once hardened, choose a sunny spot in your garden, hedgerow or waste ground.
- When your ready to plant, dig a hole and drop in a bomb. Cover lightly with soil and water.
- After a few months you just need to relax and enjoy the display of colour. The kids will get a kick out of watching all the bugs and bees too.
Check out this post for an alternative way to make seed bombs.
Recycled Salad Garden
Kids love to be involved and help prepare a meal. Imagine how much they’d love to grow that meal too. This one is a brilliant outdoor craft and an introduction to gardening too.
A salad garden is a great way to encourage your kids to eat more healthy veggies and get them excited about it!
A few large soda bottles
Seeds for your favourite salad ingredients (think cucumber, lettuce, tomato, radish, peppers, carrots, etc.).
- Use the scissors to cut off the side of a soda bottle. also make holes on the opposite side to allow for drainage.
- Lay the bottle on the drainage hole side and fill with compost.
- Sow the seeds for your salad ingredients following the instructions on the seed packets,
- Label your bottles if sowing more than one.
- Water the seeds immediately after planting, then water the bottle regularly.
- Enjoy your salad in a few weeks.
You could make a range of containers growing a range of crops, or flowers.
It doesn’t have to be only salad. Try a pizza garden, pesto garden etc.
Check out this for more recycled growing ideas.
Hapa Zome – Flower Pounding
- All you need is some flowers,
- Pretty leaves,
- And some cotton fabric or calico.
This outdoor craft is extra easy and wonderful for helping kids release some frustration.
- Simple place the flowers and leaves between 2 pieces of your chosen fabric.
- Once you have the leaves and petals under the cloth then it is just a matter of gently pounding it with a rubber hammer.
- Definately a craft best done outside though.
Getting outdoor with kids doesn’t have to be challenging.
Starting with small outdoor crafts and enjoyable projects like these can help instil a love for gardening and plants that will last a lifetime.