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Fun Nature Activities for Kids: How To Create A Nature Tray

Nature activities for kids encourage exploring the marvels of the outdoors with your children. However, when you are stuck indoors, bring the wonders of nature to your child’s fingertips with a nature tray.

Do you remember running through the grass, picking dandelions, and watching the wind scatter their petals?

How about all the pebbles, sticks, leaves, and pine cones you collected and treasured?

In our busy world, many children do not have the opportunity to connect with nature. Nature walk activities and a tray to explore their treasures can encourage your child’s love of the outdoors.

Bring the wonder of nature indoors with a nature tray.

Connecting with Nature

A nature tray or Treasure blocks are a perfect place to showcase your child’s riches. They can add things they have collected to examine, touch, and discover. It offers hands-on opportunities for creating, learning, and nature exploration activities.

When your youngster has moved on to finding new treasures, use the old materials for nature crafts.

Creating a nature tray can be as simple or elaborate as you want. It can be a one-trip project or something you build over time. What’s important is that you don’t rush the process. Step back and allow your child to discover and gather the items.

Kids love getting outside and exploring nature, so why not create something you can enjoy together, inside or out?

With their unique display windows, wooden blocks for kids (Treasure Blocks) are a wonderful addition to your nature activities. They hold things found in nature, such as leaves, flowers, twigs, shells, pebbles, sand, and more. Children can display their small treasures for investigation and observation.

Beautiful and versatile, these one-of-a-kind wooden building blocks are perfect for storing trinkets or natural treasures.

Creating Your Nature Tray

You will want to start with a large tray. It can be something you have lying around, something you found at a garage sale or a hobby store, or even a flat basket, cookie sheet, or cutting board.

Use a tray with compartments or include some small baskets or containers to keep the items organized.

There are many ways you can build and organize your tray using these nature tray ideas.

  • You can choose a category like a season – for instance, fall or spring.
  • Additionally, you can base it on a theme – for example, a beach or a forest. Of course, it is contingent on what you have nearby.

Once you have your tray and containers, you will need to gather the items.

One way to do this is to create a nature scavenger hunt list. Then, head outdoors to engage in some nature activities for kids. One fun activity is to take a nature walk to find the items on your list. There is no need to go far; it could be your nearest park, forest, beach, or even your backyard.

Bring along some bags, baskets, or other containers for the collection process.

Try This list of Things to collect in nature:

  • Flowers, leaves, and pine needles from a variety of plants and trees
  • Sand and shells in a variety of shapes, sizes, patterns, colors, and textures
  • Twigs, sticks, and tree bark from a variety of trees
  • Pine cones, acorns, pods, and seeds of contrasting shapes, sizes, and colors
  • Rocks, stones, and pebbles of different shapes, sizes, textures, and colors
  • Anything that your child finds attractive and is not harmful to themselves or the environment.

Other Outdoor Activities For Preschoolers

Before heading outdoors, grab your nature journal and nature books for kids. Be sure to make time for you and your child to note ideas or experiences. Encourage them to sketch their thoughts, feelings, or observations.

Remember how fun it was to run a crayon or colored pencil over the leaves to get a design?

Or how about pressing flowers?

Or tracking down that colorful bird you saw in your nature book?

Give them the freedom to pick the nature activities that interest them the most.

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Wooden Square Blocks – Magnification Blocks

Finally, no nature tray would be complete without a magnifying glass or a set of wooden square blocks with magnification. With their compact storage, these wooden nesting blocks are ideal for adding to your tray or taking along on your next nature hike. Grab your set now!