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Craft Projects That Teach Your Kindergartener About Nature

by Wallace Gonzales

Kindergarteners are often curious and ready to learn, but in most cases, you can't simply teach a young child about nature by reading from a book. Young children want to be able to explore, and typically enjoy more hands-on activities. So, to teach your kindergartner about nature, you need to keep projects fun and entertaining. Check out these fun, nature-based craft projects for kindergarten-age children.

Paint a Birdhouse

It isn't difficult to find wooden bird houses for sale (from companies like Alive With Items), and you can use one to teach your little one about nature. As your little one is decorating the wooden birdhouse discuss things such as how birds get into the tiny houses and why birds need birdhouses. Once your little one is finished painting the wooden birdhouse and the paint has dried, help him or her hang the birdhouse in a nearby tree. Then, periodically check inside the birdhouse to see if it's been used. While you don't want to disturb a bird's nest, your little one can peek inside. If you're lucky, your little one will eventually get to see a bird's nest inside so you can explain how birds build nests to keep warm. Hopefully, your little one will eventually get to see some bird eggs and baby birds too.

Create an Ocean in a Bottle

To teach your child about ocean life, spend some time creating an ocean in a bottle.

  1. Let your child place sand in the bottom of a clean jar.
  2. Fill the jar with water halfway.
  3. Add blue food coloring to the jar until the water is as blue as you'd like.
  4. Fill the remainder of the jar with vegetable oil, leaving a space for air at the top of the jar.
  5. Use a hot glue gun to put glue around the inside brim of the lid.
  6. Put the lid on the jar tightly, and wait for the glue to dry.

When the glue has dried, you can turn the bottle on it's side to watch waves go back and forth. Talk about how the sand moves with the waves. Then, shake the bottle up to see what happens — don't worry, the sand will settle at the bottom of the jar again eventually.

Learning about nature can be a lot of fun for a young child. So, in addition to exploring the great outdoors with your little one, take some time to complete craft projects that will teach your kindergarten-age child more about different aspects of nature.