15 Creative Activities to Help Our Kids Appreciate Nature

With more and more attention being drawn to the realities of climate change and other eco issues, it’s never been more important to help teach our kids about the importance and wonder of nature. Here are 15 creative activities to help them appreciate the world around them while having fun and nurturing their inner artist:

Landscape drawing

Next time you’re out for a family adventure, pack sketchbooks and pencils to try your hand at landscape drawing together. Pick a comfy spot with a good view (National Trust garden, local park… it doesn’t matter where) and draw what you can see.

Leaf & tree rubbings

This activity is a classic, suitable for all ages. All you need are some strong wax crayons and paper. Place them on top of tree bark or a dry leaf and rub the crayon over the top to create a print of the texture beneath.

Dancing in the rain

Rain. It can dampen the mood, but it doesn’t always need to. Put your wellies on and try getting outside with your children and dancing in the rain! Be silly together and appreciate how amazing weather is… water falling from the sky is quite bizarre when you stop and think about it.

Collaging with nature

Take a nature walk looking out for interesting natural finds like leaves, feathers, conkers, acorns, twigs etc. Then take them home and arrange them onto card to create a nature collage.

Cloud shape spotting

How often do you stop and look up at the sky? Show your children how vast and amazing it is and get your creative juices going by seeing what funny or impressive shapes and animals you can find in the clouds.

Water play

Water play is a really easy way to be creative without having to make too much of a mess (if you dress right). Splash in puddles, collect rain in buckets, paddle in the sea, wade through streams – there’s plenty of opportunity outdoors.

 Tree climbing

You’ve probably noticed by now, not all creative activity needs to involve paint and craft materials! Tree climbing gets all the same creative pathways working as children need to problem solve which foot to put where while taking in the sensory input of tree bark and the need to balance.

Beach sculptures

If you’re taking a trip to the beach, take sandcastle building to another level with beach sculptures. Create characters and scenes out of sand then add stones, seaweed, twigs, driftwood and shells to for the finishing touches.

Nature scavenger hunt

Draw up a quick list of things to find in nature then hand over the list to your kids. A lovely way to keep them engaged on a family walk. You could include things to listen out for as well as objects to find.

Stone balancing

Have you ever tried making a sculpture of balancing stones? It’s such a simple yet mindful activity which will leave you satisfied. Expect a bit of family competition as to who can make the tallest.

Colour spotting

How many colours of the rainbow can you spot in nature the next time you’re outdoor exploring? You may be surprised! Discuss with your kids which colours are the hardest to find? Why is this?

Bug hunting

Pack a magnifying glass next time you head to the park and see how many bugs you can spot. This is a great way to encourage creative thinking. Where to look next? What to look under? Plus, the creative process of comparing bugs… Is that another ant or something else?

Shell collecting

We love finding unusual shells on the beach, whether it’s an unusual pattern or a different shape. What’s the coolest shell your kids can find?

Make music with nature

Let your kids get noisy outdoors and boost their creativity through music, there are lots of opportunities to make noise outdoors – from whistling with grass to drumming on tree stumps!

Outdoor free play

Don’t forget the creative importance of free play outdoors. Let your children spend time outdoors with no prescribed outcome and see where their imagination takes them. Whether they’re running through fields of tall grass, clambering over rock pools or playing hide and seek in the garden – playing outdoors helps them immerse themselves in new imaginary worlds and think creatively as they appreciate different scenery.

Which of these creative activities will you be trying next? We’d love to know! Tag us over on Instagram.

What to expect from an Oglee Poglee workshop?

Oglee Poglee - Craft Workshop - Paint

At Oglee Poglee, our mission is to not only help kids unleash their creativity but to reunite families in the pursuit of fun! We were all born curious, playful, artists – it’s just that many of us weren’t nurtured or encouraged to keep putting our creativity to use. Here’s what to expect from an Oglee Poglee workshop, for the whole family:

Freedom to express yourself
Oglee Poglee workshops aren’t like school art lessons – you are in charge of your creativity! We want you to have as much fun as possible, and while we will provide plenty of ideas and themed activities to get stuck into, there are no exact prescribed outcomes to worry about. Use your imagination and add your own twist!

New materials to experiment with
Not every family has access to a walk-in craft cupboard (otherwise known as the Oglee Poglee office!) but at our workshops you’ll get access to everything you need for an hour of creative escape. Paint, pens, sticky things, sensory play… and always lots of cardboard. Come along and try experimenting with new materials and techniques.

Time to immerse yourself in imagination
Each of our workshops is themed to help your children immerse themselves in a world of their imagination. It could be an Ocean theme or Rainbow Adventure, or with our Creative Heroes Club we’re always on a mission to save Oglee Pip through ingenious inventions! Whatever our theme, all our activities will help prompt creative thinking to add to their imaginative play.

The chance to make friends
We love connecting like-minded families eager to enjoy more creative fun as a family. Get ready to meet other parents who want to bring more creativity back to childhood and watch as your kids’ bond as they problem solve and imagine.

Encouragement to get stuck in
If you don’t feel like a natural creative, it can be tricky to know how to encourage your children and nurture their innate artist. At our workshops, you and your children will get the encouragement you need. We strive to be a safe space to experiment and play with art without worrying about the result. It’s all about the process.

Learn something new
If you want to expose your children to new creative ideas and artistic techniques, our workshops provide a fun way to do it without them even noticing. We’ll show them how to use new approaches without pressure. If you thought kids craft was restricted to cutting, sticking and painting then think again. They may even try their hand at potion making and slime!

No need to clean up
One of the best things about coming along to our creative kids’ workshops: you don’t need to tidy up after all your arty fun! We do that all for you so you can relax and be messy.

Are you ready to find out what an Oglee Poglee workshop is like first-hand? Hooray! Come and join in the fun with us at our next event in Berkhamsted or Harpenden.

5 Reasons to Join in with Your Kids While They’re Crafting

Children are always looking for opportunities to spend quality time with the grown-ups they love. If you find getting in the mood to play difficult, try getting creative with them instead. Here are 5 reasons to join in with your kids while they’re crafting:

Improve your wellbeing

Modern life and the ever-growing list of responsibilities we face in adulthood mean it’s hard for most of us to switch off and relax. Yet it’s crucial to both physical and mental wellbeing that we all frequently stop, unwind and live in the moment. Sitting down with a craft activity is a wonderful way to slow down and immerse yourself in the present moment; when you’re painting, stitching or modelling clay – you don’t have time to be thinking about your upcoming weekly schedule or to-do list.

Creative thinking and problem solving uses both sides of the brain, logical (left) and emotional (right) which helps build connections and strengthen mental agility. While artistic expression can help us (and our children) maintain a positive self-identity and help manage negative emotions.

Build connection with your kids

How many times have you tried to ask your children about their day only to be met with grunts and frustration? It’s understandable. Like us, often when our kids have busy minds after a full-on day, they need time to de-stress and slowdown before they’re ready to chat. Sitting down with a craft activity together is a great way to allow them space, provide an opportunity for them to express themselves and then provide prompts for connection when they’re ready. Wonderful conversations can occur when you’re both relaxed and sat closely, bonding over your creations.

Unleash YOUR creativity!

Getting creative for the sake of simply having fun is not a pastime saved only for children. Let yourself explore new materials and see what you can do with them – because you can! It doesn’t matter what the result is, enjoy the process and unleash your creativity in new ways. If your only experience with arts and crafts is school lessons many years ago, it’s time to approach creativity with a new freedom. Break the rules! Paint with your fingers and toes, use clashing colours and make a mess rather than needing to create something ‘realistic’. Be silly with your kids and discover how fun creative play can be for adults too.

Help your kids get to know you better

Crafts are a brilliant way to express yourself. Your personality, your emotions, your experiences – they can all be shown through craft. By crafting with your children, they get to see a new side of you and learn more about your likes, dislikes and story.

 See things from their point of view

It’s easy to forget that our children see the world from a completely different perspective to us. They literally see things from a different height! Not only this, they have their own experiences and personalities shaping their thinking and guiding their choices, creative and otherwise, and it’s fascinating to see this in action. By sitting with our children and crafting we can stop and chat about the decisions they’re making and get to know them better, in all their uniqueness.

Do you feel you missed out on creative fun when you were a child? Read our blog ’20 Kids Crafts Every Child Should Try Before 12’ and see which activities you can tick off. It’s never too late to enjoy arts and crafts!