Take in spring weather and appreciate nature with these at-home and neighborhood activities.

Flower Preservation

Have your kids pick their favorite flowers from the yard and help them press the flowers with a book to preserve them. Use a heavy book that you don’t mind damaging. Place the flower between two pieces of paper, and place them in the book. If you’re pressing multiple flowers at one time, space them out so the moisture from each flower doesn’t transfer to another. Weigh down the book with more books. The flowers will be completely dry in 2-3 weeks.

Make flower and leaf stamps with play dough or clay. Roll the dough or clay into a ball before pressing the nature items down into the clay. See full instructions at The Artful Parent or My Bright Ideas.

Bring Birds to Your Yard

Provide birds with water and food to attract them to your yard. Make a bird bath using an old tomato cage. Have your kids decorate the terracotta pot bottom however they wish to; find instructions at My Life Abundant. Create a bird bath using an old glass lid and chain with Sadie Seasongoods.

Feed the birds by making DIY bird feeders. Using cookie cutters, make cute bird feeders with Mama.Papa.Bubba. Old soda bottles and wooden spoons can be reused to make bird feeders with Kelly Leigh Creates. And don’t forget the classic of putting peanut butter and birdseed on a pine cone.

Check out our other ideas for bird watching here.

Scavenger Hunt

Create a scavenger hunt. Write down items your kids are likely to see outside, such as bees, ladybugs, squirrels, acorns and other materials, along with detailing specific colors, like a brown rock with black spots or a pink flower. Have them check off all of the items they find, and the first child who finds all the items gets a prize.

Construction Project

Create your own fairy house and garden in your yard with natural materials your kids find. Materials may include: tree bark, sticks, twigs, leaves, rocks, flowers, moss, acorns, pebbles, pine cones and more. Use all natural materials, so the fairy house will disintegrate without creating waste and litter. Don’t use plastic, duct tape, staples or hot glue, as these items can be hazardous to wildlife. Search Pinterest for inspiration.

Weather the Wind

Craft a wind catcher with natural items, like stems, leaves and pine cones, ribbons, paper bags, yarn and more. Daisies & Pie made wind catchers with a wire circle, garden string, ribbons and lavender stems. Inspiration Laboratories crafted one out of sticks, objects from nature and string.

Kids can learn about the power of wind and make their own windmills with this video from PlayKids. Make a wind gauge to measure the power of wind in your yard with PBS.

Snack Time

Make delicious, nature-theme snacks:

Book Break

Take time to read with these nature books.

Enjoy a storytime with celebrities.

Explore nature out and about in metro Atlanta with these parks and these nature centers.

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