Living in Brisbane, I love the exotic flowering trees which add colour across the city. These trees drop interesting seed pods and nuts which make great free craft materials. Seed Pod Creatures are fun and easy to make and are a great way for children to explore natural shapes and textures.
Flame Tree seed pod: beautiful natural shapes and textures
Time: 10 minutes plus seed pod gathering time
Age: Under 5's, 5-10's
A variety of interesting seed pods, nuts etc
Glitter and googly eyes to decorate
Very low cost activity
Go for a family walk with a collecting bag and gather some interesting seed pods, nuts etc which have fallen. Spend some time exploring the natural shapes and textures.
We found interesting seed pods which had fallen from this tree and picked one up to make our orange grouper
When back at home, lay out your collection and pick out pieces to make your creatures. Look for shapes that would make good bodies, eyes, legs etc
Paint the creature's body and eyes. You could use a paintbrush or dip and roll the seeds in paint.
Painting the Flame Tree seed pods to make bodies
Nut shells dipped into paint for the eyes
Add glitter when the paint is wet
Now for some glitter
When dried, glue the eyes onto the creature's body. You could use seeds or nuts for eyes or just stick on some fun googly eyes.
Now you can give your creatures names and take them outside to play