Autumn fun with your child – creating chestnut animals!

I love spending time with Dianna outdoors – she is a true Nordic child!

If it was up to her, we would spend every single hour outside enjoying mother nature’s grand work! She doesn’t seem to take note of the cold wind or even if it rains. My mother said, I was just the same, when I was her age.

My little girl is a real nordic wild child! If she could, she would spend every second outside! We try to spend as much time as possible playing outside and gathering natural materials to make diy, fun projects together. Visit my blog: www.naturemama.net to see some of these projects!

I still LOVE the outdoors, but am not quite so impervious to the cold as when I was younger. A cup of warm coffee and my feet before the fireplace is much more preferred on these cold autumn days. But I love how she gives us a good kick in the butt, and challenges us to go outside and be active with her!

I try to do a combination; where we for example are active, playing outside and gather creative nature supplies during the morning, and then spend the afternoon using these for fantastic DIY creations.

Chestnut animals are a great way to make simple figures of natural materials with your children. To see how I create these lovely figures with my babygirl - visit my blog: www.naturemama.net

I find it’s a great way to let her imagination run wild. We create 6-legged horses and 2-headed cats – and she LOVES it! This creation started as a caterpillar and we added wings, so it morphed into a butterfly. Learning about nature and letting our baby be creative at the same time.

To make these creations you need:

Chestnut animals are a great way to make simple figures of natural materials with your children. To see how I create these lovely figures with my babygirl - visit my blog: www.naturemama.net creative children, diy toys, learning by playing, natural, make your own, nature, chestnuts
Chestnuts, (hazelnuts), a handheld drill, matches.

Now let your imagination go crazy and make wonderful creatures come alive!

Chestnut animals are a great way to make simple figures of natural materials with your children. To see how I create these lovely figures with my babygirl - visit my blog: www.naturemama.net creative children, diy toys, learning by playing, natural, make your own, nature, chestnuts
Chestnut Mickey and Gaizia (our 2 dogs!)
Our 2 wonderful malamute dogs, mickey and gaizia.
Don’t you see the likeness?? 😉

 

Another great way to play with chestnuts and leaves outside, is to make patterns, like this:

Chestnut and leaves used to create figures and patterns. Teach children about figures and creativeness with patterns by using materials found in nature! Visit my blog to find other creative ideas www.naturemama.net
Start simple with known shapes and then let your creativity fly! Here we’ve used leaves and chestnuts – try adding twigs and rocks as well. 

Some other great ways to be creative with autumn leaves, is to draw outlines of animals and have your child glue leaves to make their coat. This is next on the to do list – so  keep an eye out!

I’m also thinking maybe we should try to roast these chestnuts… I’ve actually never roasted chestnuts over an open fire, (and my dear hubby STILL hasn’t had time to install our firepit) – but I SO want to try it!

Have any of you done it?? Any good advice and was it yummy?!

Let me hear all about it in the comments below!

 

 

 



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