What is bushcraft? It is being able to use the resources in nature that are all around us to survive in the great outdoors. Children learn these skills through doing practical outdoor tasks and taking risks. Nature crafts are a great fun way to develop bushcraft skills, so I have written about a few here. There are many benefits to nature play, but I feel one of the most important is it allowing a connection to be made between children and nature.
5 Nature Crafts:
- Sticky Nature Cards: This is one the nature crafts that can be adapted to suit the age group involved, and therefore varying the learning outcomes. With the younger children you can use them to sort colours. Other ideas involve using them as a journey picture. A record of a hike you are doing or something similar. Or you can make it a record of the season you are in and then compare to other or future seasons.
- Whittling: This is one of the more exciting nature crafts in the children eyes, as they get to use a knife. Start with simple items, such as sharpening sticks or making feathered sticks for kindling. They can then use the feathered sticks on the campfire and see their efforts being put to good use.
- Willow Weaving: Willow is great as it will generally bend in the direction the child would like it go quite easily. Keeping it simple you could make a hanging decoration or a crown.
- Wild Weaving:. This craft can be done on a small scale or large scale. Different seasons give different results so it is a fun thing to try in all four seasons.
- Nature Boats: Use resources around you to make little rafts and then see if they can float on some water. Make sure any water play is supervised and safe. You can even try a toy aboard it and take it on an adventure.
These nature crafts are a great way of getting the benefits of outdoor play. They are also fun and the children are learning many things while doing them.