Easy Toddler Craft: Nature Flat Lays

I feel that it’s important to teach our children to look for beauty in everything. I created this little craft activity to enjoy the wonders of nature.

My son loves it when we take pictures with my smartphone’s camera. I have a durable case that makes me comfortable letting him hold it with supervision. So, I decided to share my love of creating flat lay photography with him.

Nature Flat Lays for Little Toddler Hands

Time Filled: 30-45 minutes

Materials: Bucket or Bag, Sticks, stones and other items from nature

To start, we collected items from the yard and nature trails that he found interesting. Then, we arranged them on a white background. It took a little while to explain to him. We did many versions, not pictured here. Mostly, he enjoyed placing multiple items in rows.

We made a game of flipping them different ways and talking about “matches.”

We snapped a photo together. The fun in this is more in the collecting of the items. It kept his attention and I could see us doing this again in the future.


I’m considering printing these as magnets or framed wall prints to give him a chance to enjoy his art over the long term. We may try to do something for each letter of the alphabet (Acorn, Berries, Cattails, etc.) I think it could be fun to make a series of alphabet magnets with these images and the matching letter.

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When I got my first apartment, I quickly became aware that homes take work to maintain. Each item takes up space and I wanted as much space as possible to be peaceful and creative. But the process of decluttering can be time consuming, especially when you try to tackle an entire room. One trick is to break up each room into several smaller tasks, cleaning each slowly.

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