Nature Crafts and Cooking for Kids: Beginners Step by Step
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Nature Crafts and Cooking for Kids: Beginners Step by Step

Fun creative projects for kids of all ages, using materials you already have in the house and a few inexpensive items.
5.0 (4 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
559 students enrolled
Created by Johnny Parker
Last updated 10/2015
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What Will I Learn?
  • Have the tools, skills, knowledge and confidence to explore beginners crafts and cooking with kids of all ages.
  • Get up and running fast, with quick and easy projects, using stuff you already have in the house and a few items from a dollar store.
  • Generate ideas to make your own craft box of supplies ready to use in a creative project whenever an opportunity arises.
  • Enjoy quality time with your kids.
  • Have tons of creative fun producing stuff to eat, play with or give away as gifts.
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  • To get the most out of the course you will need some craft materials from a pound shop, dollar store or craft shop and recycled cardboard and plastic bottles.
  • Materials that feature in the course include:- plastic table cloth kids apron or pinny poster paints in different colours paper card PVA or Craft Glue craft paint brushes pipe cleaners craft eyes recycled plastic bottles coloured marker pens scissors string basic cooking implements, bowls, baking tray, rolling pin basic cooking ingredients, flour, yeast, cocoa powder, biscuits and pudding mix
  • The only other prerequisite is a willingness to give these activities and projects a try and apply your own creativity and enthusiasm.

If you have ever wanted to be creative with your kids but have never quite got round to it, you’re not sure how to start or you’re looking for new ideas, then this course provides quick and easy projects with step by step instructions, using materials readily available in the home and a few inexpensive items.

It’s all tried and tested with the kids and grandkids so you can be sure these projects work in the real world.

The course is aimed at beginners, but there’s something for everyone who loves spending creative time with their children.

What cool things will you get to do?

For starters we show you how to set up your own craft box so you are ready to get crafty on these great projects whenever you have a few minutes.

We’ve got Leaf Printing and Leaf Art which combine an outdoor treasure hunt with indoor fun.

We’ll make a Wiggly Worm Puppet and a very cool Apple Orchard, from recycled paper and card.

We show you how to create Worm Pie Pudding, which tastes so much better than it sounds, and get into proper baking with Wiggly Worm chocolate bread.

And then we’ll round it all up with some amazing recycled Plastic Bottle Flowers and Butterfly Suncatchers.

If you love Halloween, there’s a bonus lesson which shows you how to make some Scary Spider Hand Puppets.

Whether you have preschoolers or juniors, the projects are easily adapted for different ages or abilities.

You can expect to have tons of creative fun with your kids, producing food to eat, toys to play with and gifts for lucky old Grandma, whose fridge door will never be empty again!

Who is the target audience?
  • The course is aimed at adult beginners, but intermediate and advanced crafters may find something new.
  • The children’s age range goes from two upwards and the activities have modifications suggested for different age groups and abilities.
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Curriculum For This Course
1 Lecture 04:01

This course is for beginners who want to explore practical nature themed crafts and cooking with kids aged between 2-8 years old.

It's been made by a family of experienced crafters for patents, grandparents, teachers and child minders and features tried and tested projects that are guaranteed to work.

We show you how to get started quickly with only a few inexpensive items from a dollar store or pound shop and materials readily available in the home and garden.

You will be able to switch off theTV and have loads of practical fun with your kids while you both develop skills, knowledge and confidence, even if you have never used a paintbrush or scissors before.

Preview 04:01
Getting started
1 Lecture 01:50

This video shows you to make your own craft box of supplies ready to use in a creative project whenever an opportunity arises.

All of the projects in this course were done using the craft box you see in the video.

We will show you what items to collect including recycled stuff such as card and bottles and know what basic items to buy from the dollar store or pound shop.

When you complete this section you will be ready to get started with the rest of the projects in the course and have a valuable resource that enables you to easily find quality time with your kids.

Preview 01:50
Leaf crafts
2 Lectures 09:34

Have fun collecting leaves to print with then create beautiful pictures.

This is the easiest nature craft and has some of the most amazing creative possibilities.

When you have completed this lesson you will know what things you can collect when you are in the garden or park to bring home and make some beautiful art.

Great for little ones to freely explore their creativity.

Preview 06:08

Using leaves and other bits and pieces you can find in a park or garden to make unique animal pictures which kids will love.

Anything is possible with this simple lesson.

All you will need is leaves, paper, glue and some craft eyes if you have them.

Great for all ages and abilities.

Leaf Animal Art
Paper and Card Crafts
2 Lectures 09:52

Make and paint a puppet wiggly worm from recycled cardboard tubes.

Another very simple project that has something for all ages.

At the end of the lesson you will have a fab toy to play with.

Preview 03:46

Create an apple tree orchard from recycled card, cardboard tubes, paper and tissue paper that makes a brilliant table decoration or gift.

Little ones can do all the painting and decoration with this craft and older kids can do the whole thing.

Improves cutting, sticking, measuring and counting skills. Oh and painting too!

Apple Orchard
Beginners Cooking - Worm Themed Recipes
2 Lectures 09:05

Make a delicious chocolate pudding with just a few cold ingredients.

Very easy to do with options for all ages to have a go. No cooking required.

Brilliant for Halloween.

Teaches basic measuring and mixing skills with a dollop of creativity in the presentation.

Preview 04:21

Learn basic bread making skills that even a two year old can help with.

Teaches measuring, mixing and timing.

Brilliant for kids parties. Customisable with different shapes and different dips or jam's to eat with.

Chocolate Worm Bread
Recycled Plastic Bottle Crafts
2 Lectures 12:35

Turn your old bottles into stunning flowers.

Cutting the bottles is best done safely by adults or older kids.

Younger ones can do all the decorating.

Loads of creative potential.

Great introduction to making cool creations from plastic bottles.

Preview 05:33

You’ll never guess that these beautiful butterfly suncatchers came from a discarded bottle.

You will learn different ways to cut out shapes from plastic bottles.

Be as creative as you like decorating the butterfly's with colourful marker pens.

Can be used in many forms of decoration.

Plastic Bottle Butterfly Suncatchers
Bonus Halloween Spiders
1 Lecture 04:06

Super easy scary spiders the kids will play with again and again.

Great for Halloween.

Learn how to make stunning toys from the simplest materials.

Scary Spider Hand Puppets
About the Instructor
Johnny Parker
5.0 Average rating
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559 Students
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Writer and Content Creator

Hi, I'm Johnny Parker. I'm a prize winning writer, content creator and blogger.

Writing Achievements

  • I was a finalist in a one act play competition and had my comedy play 'Sting Like a Butterfly' professionally produced at the Everyman Theatre Liverpool.
  • Won Best Short Film for the comedy 'Beauty and the Butcher' - Wirral International Film Festival.
  • Recently launched a kids nature craft website (see below).

  • I've self published two rhyming children’s picture books in hard copy and ebook versions, 'Zillid the Lizzid' and 'The Lazy Seagull'.
  • Short story quotes have featured in the Museum of Liverpool Life.
  • Some of my comedy short stories have won competitions but I somehow keep getting bypassed for the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Life Experience

I've forty years work and life experience behind me which means I've probably forgotten more than I've learned.

My wife and I between us have six kids and a growing army of grandkids, which gives me a reasonable qualification in knowing how to bring up a family and keep the kids entertained and well balanced (either end of a see-saw).

To be honest, it's hard to know what to whittle out of a lifetime of experiences, but I do know know that all that knowledge is poured into my writing and teaching and hopefully provides useful and entertaining courses to help you find the next place in your life.