Sunday, April 20

Nature Can...



Nature can keep a child busy and amazed for hours and provide numerous opportunities for teaching. Not to mention, provide much-needed refreshment for you and your kids (I can't believe it's almost 70 degrees here today! I'm looking forward to my nature-refreshment this afternoon!)
Kids love inspecting and collecting every little, or big, thing that catches their attention. Our kids always try to pick up the largest stick their little bodies can maneuver and carry it around until it turns into a weapon and they're ordered to drop it. Then they stuff the bottom of the stroller with bits and pieces of found treasure.
Now, instead of filling and dumping our stroller and pockets, my kids can carry their own nature collection box, fill it with whatever they choose and keep it or dump it as they like. These are our new Nature Cans.
These are made from emptied oatmeal boxes and fabric scraps. It's such a simple and satisfying project to make for your kids, with your kids, or with your kids for a kid! (We just gifted a 5-year old friend with one who happens to be starting a nature class).
Here's a little tutorial if you're interested in making your own Nature Can for your next outdoor collecting trip (or birthday gift).

See materials above.

1. Rip paper off oats box.
2. Measure your box. If you're using a full-size box, you can use these measurements: 9" high by 16" around.
3. Cut and glue your fabric to the box. (I'm not a good one to ask about best glue. I used some combination of glue stick, Fabri-Tac, Tacky Glue, and super double-stick tape).
4. Cut out designs for decorating your box and glue them.
5. Locate spots on opposite sides of your box, about an inch or two down from the top, and cut a small X for inserting your strap ends.
6. Measure and cut your strap according to the size of your child. (I used a seam from an old pair of jeans for one of these and short pieces of scrap fabric knotted together for the other).
7. Push the ends of your strap through the Xs and knot inside the box.

Start collecting!

16 comments:

Jelly Wares said...

What a great idea... Thanks for sharing!!

Jodie :)

moomer said...

Having been there for the filling (and cleaning out) of the under-stroller basket with all manner of treasures, I know this will make those nature walks more enjoyable for all!

Gwyn said...

What a great idea and yours look fabulous!

MoziEsmé said...

These are gorgeous! You're not selling any, are you?

Tabitha said...

That's such a great idea for beach combing and the spontaneous rock hunts that come up. Thanks!

amy said...

These are fabulous -- a good project for this weekend, I think! :) Thanks for sharing!

Jamie said...

What a great way to use those oatmeal containers! Thanks for sharing!

Jamie said...

What a great way to use those oatmeal containers! Thanks for sharing!

Megan said...

Moziesme,
I am not selling these, but I'm glad to know you like them enough to ask!
Megan

Nicole said...

Thank you for such a creative and useful idea! My three little ones constantly fill the bottom of our stroller with their finds. Now they will have a great alternative and an awesome craft to boot! Thanks again!

~Nicole

Kristi said...

Great idea! I made one with my 4 yr old daughter and my son also likes to use it as a drum!

http://sunnypondhome.blogspot.com/2008/06/ella-and-i-made-this.html

Sam said...

Great idea. I especially love the idea of using a seam from an old pair of jeans. Fabulous!
Unfortunately, we don't have oatmeal containers like that in the UK, so I shall have to have a think...

Shannon and Alex said...

You have the most amazing ideas!

Laura Lynn said...

Thanks - This is a great idea. I was just looking for a way to recycle some old ripped jeans and we already have two empty containers & two small boys ready for a winter craft!

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