Kid Style Nature Crafts
Enjoy great fun all year-round with these amazing projects, all inspired by the teeming miracles found in nature, ready for you to discover. Every season of the year, you'll find plenty to do. In springtime, you can make your own hatchery and watch butterflies and moths emerge from their cocoons. Or welcome birds to your yard with an inviting wren house or a refreshing water fountain. Or make a picture from fresh ferns and frame it for a year-round reminder of the beauty of bright greenery. When summer comes, keep cool with a daylily-leaf hat you weave by hand and color with dyes made from blackberries and onionskin. Plant some tomatoes and peas, and watch them climb along your garden trellis, or preserve the sights and scents of your favorite flowers as homemade potpourri. In autumn, capture harvest colors and flavors with a chili pepper garland or a yummy apple crisp. Make music with gourd instruments -- a drum or a shakeree rattle. Or weave one-of-a-kind baskets with materials you gathered yourself. For winter, bring nature indoors with a magic terrarium. Make a rustic-twig case to display your work. Or make seashell candles, and let their glow on a chilly night remind you of a warm beach in summer. Every project comes with full-color photos, kid-friendly instructions, and fascinating sidebars to tell you things like what makes chili peppers hot, how wasps make paper, how ancient peoples made dozens of things from gourds, how to make kissing, hissing, and shushing sounds that attract birds. And just think -- it's all waiting for you, right outside your door!
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