Naturally Fun Bucket

We recently went camping and while the kids found lots of things to keep them busy and spent countless hours pretending in the woods there were moments where I heard the dreaded “We’re bored.”  Since we have several camping trips coming up this summer I decided I better be prepared.  So the idea for the Naturally Fun Bucket came to life.
I’ve even created some fun FREE printables for you to download and create your very own Naturally Fun Bucket.
Naturally fun bucket

Camping, trips to the beach, hiking and simply spending countless hours outdoors are a big part of the summer for our family.  There is nothing better than enjoying nature and watching your little ones learn to appreciate their beautiful surroundings.  I wanted activities that would incorporate nature and encourage the kids to appreciate their beautiful surroundings.

“The most effective kind of education is that a child should play amongst lovely things.” — Plato  

So I came up with a variety of activities and supplies that would encourage the kids to embrace their surroundings, learn something new and just have fun!  I filled the bucket (I used one I already had) with a few supplies like glue, paint brushes, construction paper, shaving cream, food coloring, spray bottles, pie tins, bowls and cups, flashlights, paper crowns and toy cars.

Then I created a list of ideas and activities that kids could easily do in the great outdoors.  For example the markers could be used to make rock art and brown paper sacks can be used for a nature color hunt.  The treasures they find on their hunt could be used later to create nature collages.

Pie tins could be used to make tasty mud pies

Or we could go on a Nature Scavenger Hunt with the nature cards.

Or they can gather leaves, flowers, sticks and acorns and make nature crowns.  I included old paper party crowns for them to glue their nature finds on.

This Naturally Fun Bucket is sure to provide hours of fun and encourage kids to use their imaginations while spending time outdoors.

 “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” — Albert Einstein

Don’t forget to download your free files to make your own Naturally Fun Bucket,  Click here to download the free files.

This post was originally shared on Design Dazzles Summer Camp Series

Mariah Leeson is the creative mind behind With a passion for celebrating, Mariah created Giggles Galore to inspire families to celebrate life’s little moments with creative, budget friendly ideas. She loves cooking, reading, crafting, hosting parties and most of all spending time giggling with her family.

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  1. What a lovely idea! My [not so little] boy is too old now *sobs* for fun stuff like this, that said, I need to get him away from the computer when his school breaks for the summer!

    I'd love if you came and shared this at my first link party on my blog!

  2. SO I liked you on Facebook, I was wondering how I am able to get the files? My kids would LOVE this! 🙂

  3. Hi Ashley, the files were available on FB for a limited time, however if you send me an email at mariahleeson at gmail dot com I will be happy to send them to you. Thanks for following Giggles Galore!


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