Fall Nature Craft
During one of our nature walks, my 3 year old son collected a little bag full of “treasures”. Among his finds there were sticks in various sizes (a thoughtful gift for his stick-loving older brother), leaves, various pinecones and rocks.
At home, it became evident that he had gathered the perfect materials for a quick and easy fall nature craft. We quickly decided to make pinecone birds.
Pinecone Birds Tutorial
I put together a quick visual guide to help you make your own. But the fun part is in letting your kids, and their imaginations, take over.
- take your kids for a walk and let them gather the materials (pinecones in various shapes and sizes, leaves). You will also need googly eyes, and glue.
- pick at least 3 leaves in various sizes. Arrange them is ascending order and secure them in place with small dabs of glue. This will be a “feathery tail”.
- pick one of the big pinecones for the body of the bird. Take the “feathery tail” and glue it to the back of the big pinecone.
- pick one of the small pinecones. Preferably one that resembles a beak. Glue it to the front of your big pinecone.
- glue the googly eyes above the beak of the bird. All done!!
We made two versions of the pinecone birds. One for each kid. Here they are, side by side:
If you are looking for more nature crafts for kids click here to check out my Nature Crafts for Kids board for more ideas.
Have you made a similar kid friendly craft using pinecones, leaves and other materials found in nature? What other creatures did you come with? Did your children enjoy this craft?