We’re on a nature kick over here! Okay, honestly, LG is always ready for nature, but I’m a bit more willing to take her outside when it’s warm and sunny instead of cold and rainy.
I recently shared a nature scavenger hunt that’s lots of fun to do on a hike, while you’re camping, or just in your yard. Today I’m continuing the theme with a free printable nature activity pack for preschoolers & kindergartners! Toddlers may enjoy some of the activities, too – it depends on what they’re interested in.
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A familiarity with nature is incredibly important for children, and something that’s becoming all too uncommon.
A couple years ago I read The Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv. It was a fascinating read that discusses the problems caused by “nature deficit disorder” and how we can help children experience more of nature. Louv did an interview with NPR back in 2005 that you can listen to if you want to find out a bit more!
Nature activity pack for preschoolers
Let’s take a quick look at what’s in this nature activity pack. As I said above, I’m calling it a nature activity pack for preschoolers, but slightly older or younger children may enjoy it, too. The more difficult I spy puzzle, for example, may entertain an older child while a toddler may like the tracing sheets.
Here’s what’s included in the nature activity pack:
- 3 I spy printables in varying difficulties
- Prewriting traceables/cutting practice
- Number building puzzles
- Counting clip cards (1-12)
Previews and download information are located below the suggested materials and information on how to use the printables!
I will add to this activity pack in time (as LG grows and I see more of what she enjoys), so make sure to Pin this post now and check back in soon!
How to use your printables
I highly recommend laminating the building puzzles and counting clip cards before cutting them out.
By the time you laminate all the clip cards and puzzles, it’s worth it just to get your own laminator. Most copy shops charge $1-2 per sheet and that adds up fast!
- Laminates items up to 9 inches wide
- Two roller system for a professional finish
- Suitable for use with photos
Inserting the I Spy printables in a dry erase pocket or laminating them is a great idea, too!
The prewriting traceables can be used over and over again when laminated, but don’t laminate them if you plan to use them for cutting practice or if you don’t want your little one using markers.
I love printing on presentation paper whenever it makes sense. Presentation paper is thicker than regular paper but thinner than cardstock. It has a coating that creates detailed, vibrant prints. It’s well worth the investment for sheets you plan to use over and over again!
The puzzles and clip cards also do well on cardstock, especially if you won’t be laminating them. Prints on cardstock aren’t as vibrant, but they do hold up well. The difference is more noticeable in real life, but the mermaid bingo card on the left was printed on presentation paper. The one on the right was printed on cardstock.
If you’re using the traceable/cutting sheets for cutting, I prefer to use a heavyweight (62 lb) paper. I’ve noticed that it’s easier to hold the paper out to cut because it doesn’t just flop over. We aren’t to the point of cutting along lines yet – I cut 1″ wide strips of paper and we practice snipping off pieces. We use blunt tip small scissors and don’t leave them out when I’m not right there to supervise.
Nature activity pack preview
These images are just low resolution previews, not the high resolution printable PDFs. Please look below the previews for download information!
I spy puzzles
Traceable/cutting practice sheet
Number building puzzles
There are two ways to get this printable nature themed activity pack:
The printables are available for free in the Member’s Resource Library. If you have a password already – awesome! Head on over and log in.
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Your no-cost Artisan Life membership comes with access to tons of other free printables! Here are just a few:
More free printable activities for children
Natasha is a former classroom teacher turned WAHM. She also is a registered yoga teacher and certified life coach. She shares her passion for education with craft tutorials and free printables. She also shares her experience moving through grief after losing a parent and passion for positive parenting. Learn more about Natasha and where she’s been featured.