A fun and inexpensive outdoor activity for kids!

If you’re looking for creative ways to get your kids outdoors this summer (away from TV screens and video games), this recycled cardboard project will give your little ones a new appreciation for the great outdoors. It provides a lot of giggles, sunshine, and flowers while also getting them to secretly pull your weeds.

Recycled outdoor craft for kids featuring a piece of cardboard and flowers or leaves found in the backyard or park to create a beautiful piece of nature art.

Supplies Needed

  • cardboard
  • marker 
  • screwdriver (for poking the holes)
  • wild flowers, leaves, or weeds 

How to make an exciting outdoor activity for kids with cardboard, a marker, and a screw driver.

Cheap and easy craft idea for kids! Turn a piece of recycled cardboard into beautiful art using flowers, weeds, and leaves from your backyard. A super creative nature craft and art project for kids of all ages including preschool and beyond!


  • Use a marker to draw a silly animal face, vase, or tree trunk onto a small piece of cardboard.
  • Once you’re happy with your sketch, use a screw driver to carefully poke holes where you want your foliage to be placed. 
  • Send the kids outside to find wild flowers and other plants in the yard. Simply have them slip the stems into the holes you’ve made to create a vibrant flower vase or silly hair. 
  • You probably don’t want them digging into your rose garden or touching anything poisonous, so parental supervision is advised for toddlers and preschoolers.
  • These nature boards can be used over and over again for a fun day at the park, camping trip, or as a sneaky way to get your weeds pulled in the yard.

Fun and cheap crafts to do at home with kids! Nature boards are simple to make with recycled pieces of cardboard. Get the kids outdoors this summer with this awesome nature project!

The cheap, recycled materials used for this project really create an enchanting masterpiece! I love not spending money. Give me some cardboard and tell me to poke a few holes in it? Yeah, I’m all in.

Nature boards are a fun and easy outdoor activity for toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary age kids. A great way to get them outdoors this Summer and away from the TV screens.

This creative outdoor activity becomes even more enjoyable with whimsical animal sketches and funny faces. Expect plenty of laughter as your kids adorn their new furry companions with colorful, imaginative hairstyles.

Awesome outdoor activity to try this summer using just cardboard! Poke holes and draw silly animals and faces and then let the kids fill them in with flowers from the backyard or park.

Not only do these nature boards spark creativity, this project is a captivating way to get your kids to appreciate nature. Use it as a learning opportunity, explaining the various flowers and leaves that they encounter throughout the process. Heck, they might even get a chance to see what a bee sting feels like.

Helpful Tips

  • Anything small and pointy can be used to create the holes in the cardboard including a screwdriver, sharp pencil, pen, or skewer. 
  • The great thing about these cardboard nature boards is that they can be used again and again! Whenever dandelion weeds start encroaching on your lawn, simply send your kids outside, and congratulate yourself on a job well done.
  • Not all plants are safe to touch. Make sure younger children are being supervised, and that older kids are aware of potentially poisonous plants. You can also inspect your yard ahead of time to make sure you don’t have poison ivy lurking somewhere. 

Fun things to do in the backyard with kids! Make these recycled nature boards with just a few scraps of cardboard. Easy, cheap, and entertaining for spring and summer.

Don’t forget to pin and save this recycled nature craft for later! 🙂

Are you looking for fun outdoor activities for kids to do at home this summer? Try these nature boards! A cheap and easy art project that can be done in your own backyard with simple supplies you probably already have at home.

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