How to Make Nature Names

Nature names are a fun and very quick project that require nearly zero extra supplies. Isn’t it the best to find craft projects that don’t call for a trip to the store or any money? This project is great for toddlers or big people, a fun birthday party idea, or something you could do while learning about nature and the earth.

Supplies

For these nature names you will need:

  • A roll of craft paper (mine is from Ikea), basic construction paper or cardstock
  • Glue (liquid school glue or hot glue)
  • Crayons or markers
  • various bits of nature that will work to form letters

Let the fun begin!

First, take your kids on a walk around the neighborhood or send them on a hunt around your backyard for greens, flowers, bark or any small pieces of nature. This is a great chance to discuss the 3 R’s that will help our planet: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. We only took bits of nature that had already fallen and were accessible on the ground. Give each child a collection bag to keep track of their treasures as you explore!

Tip: Collect more of each object than you think– It can take more mini leaves than you’d imagine to form an H! Each child should collect enough to form each letter in their name.

Next, have the children write their names in pencil or crayon on their paper. I cut off sections of an IKEA craft paper roll so they would have a big enough space to work on. I don’t recommend crowding the letters when working with nature bits. Depending on your child’s capabilities, this is a good chance to let them practice their names or you can pre write it for them. Following this guide is helpful when working with glue and greenery. 

Then, explain that they will trace each letter, one at a time with the liquid glue. After the letter is traced, the child can apply the objects to that one letter before moving on.

Lastly, let your projects dry for about a day. If your kids are anything like mine, they have used excess glue that will need time to cure. I left ours outside with (orange) weights on so they wouldn’t get damaged in the wind. 

This is a fun project to keep kids entertained and active, and requires much more time than money– Just the kind of project I like! 

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