Nature Number Art Challenge

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We love art, learning and spending time out in nature so why not combine the three?

Nature Number Art Challenge

Take our Nature Number Art Challenge and see what art your kids can create with natural objects. We love being out in nature and we have a lot of fun doing art and craft projects so why not do both while learning. The object of this activity is to get kids thinking creatively, practice visual spatial skills (putting objects together to make something), and work on number correspondence.

Materials you need for the Nature Number Art Challenge:

  • Natural items like rocks, leaves, sticks, berries, etc.
  • Glue – lots and lots of glue
  • Paper
  • Writing utensils
  • Random craft items to use for decoration.

Nature Number Art Challenge

The “rules” to our Nature Number Art Challenge:

First, we went out for a walk and collected things as we went. Be sure that you are walking in an area where collecting is not prohibited. We found some interesting rocks so that is what we decided to use first.

The object is to make something out of one item, in this case a rock, then two of the same item, then three and so on. All of the items have to be part of one finished object. They created objects using up to six items.

Nature Number Art Rocks 1 and 2

This project needs a lot of drying time. Glue the objects first, allow to dry and then add the decorations. After rocks 1 and 2 were done we let them dry and moved on to the leaves that had been collected.

Nature Art Leaves1and2

The kids told me that some numbers were harder for them to think of what to make. One leaf was challenging for them.

Nature Art Leaves 3and4

They had more fun with three and four items.

Nature Number Art Rocks 3 and 4

Using five and six items was interesting for them. They were surprised that more rocks didn’t mean they would have larger finished art project.

Nature Number Art rocks 5 and 6

By the time they were up to using six items to create one object they felt that they had gone far enough and that more would be too hard.

Nature Art Leaves 5and6

How about you? How many items can you use to create your own Nature Number Art?

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Nature Number Art Challenge

41 Comments



  1. I love the number challenge concept. It spurs creations that kids may not have thought of without the numbers.

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  2. This is such a cool idea! I think I will give it a try. Though I think my little Ethan will be moaning “I can’t do it” all the way through. haha It is definitely a challenge for both me a him. Perhaps we should take turn so that way I would ease his nerves. Thank you again. Such cool idea. #Pintorials

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    1. You are brilliant. Taking turns is a great way to get past the “I can’t do it.”

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  3. So very cute and creative and perfect for summer! My boys love being outside, we’ll have to do this soon!

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  4. These are so cute. It’s a great idea for my 2 year old. He would love painting the rocks too.

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    1. We would love to see pictures of what your tot creates!

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  5. Fab idea. I might try this with some of the children from the school I teach in.

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  6. I love this nature craft! So creative and interesting! Thank you for sharing it with us!

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  7. I love these ‘natural’ crafts! Thanks for joining the Link-It To Me Link Party! I hope you will join us again this week! Pinning 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Chantal for hosting the Link-It To Me Link Party!

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  8. Ohhhh emmmm geee! Those rock creations are adorable. My little guy is obsessed with collecting rocks. We’ve painted them but never made little animals with them. I will have to do this soon.

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    1. Let us know how it turns out! Thanks for reading.

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  9. Love this idea! The leaf and rock animals are so cute. Great activity for number sense.

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  10. This is so clever! I cannot wait to try this. We go on scavenger hunts regularly so this is very much up my alley 🙂

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    1. This would make a great scavenger hunt to collect the nature items!

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  11. OMG now this is super creative! I just love it!!!! I use to be rock obsessed when I was little. This would of been the best thing ever for me hehe

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    1. I am still rock obsessed. 🙂 Thanks for reading, CourtneyLynne!

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  12. Great idea to combine all of those things! I love this. Thanks for linking up to Good Tips Tuesday. You will be featured next week.

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  13. You are so creative. Kids today need to connect more to nature, and this is perfect!

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    1. Thanks, Megan. We agree, spending time out in nature is essential!

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  14. Fun. We’ve rock painted before but this gives me some fresh ideas. I can’t wait to try the mouse.

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    1. Thanks for reading, Krystal!

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  15. Love this creative idea! Such a great way to encourage a love of both nature and numbers! Going to give this one a try with my kiddos 🙂

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    1. Thanks for reading, Melissa!

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  16. Oh what a fun idea! I’m going to have to pass this along to some of my teacher friends. This is such a perfect idea for Kindergarten. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks, Tricia. It would make us happy to imagine kindergarteners having fun creating art out of natural items. 🙂

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  17. It is so amazing what their imaginations can come up with! Pinning this. I can’t wait to see what my little ones come up with!

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    1. Thanks so much! We would love to see pictures of what your little ones create. <3

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  18. Your little nature critters turned out so cute!!! I need to try this with my daughter she is really into counting right now.

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    1. Thanks. We used to make Rock People at my grandgparents. It brought back suck lovely memories.

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