How to Make a Nature Display (+ video activity)

August 23, 2013

How to Make a Nature Display

As summer starts to wind down, we are spending as much time outdoors as possible. During our many excursions we love to collect natural treasures. A fun way to keep the explorations going, upon our return home, is to create a nature display.

The process of sorting through your findings offers a great opportunity for children to reflect their experiences, ask questions, and initiate deeper research.

Below are some tips and resources for creating nature displays that invite children to take their discoveries to the next level…


Scientific Method

Science Labels I (can be printed on 5366 Avery labels)

Science Labels II (can be printed on 8660 Avery labels)


Inspiring Nature Displays…

Collection from Nature

Nature Table

Nature Shadow Box

Framed Nature Collections


Favorite Field Guides for Kids…

Golden Guides

Peterson First Guides


Folding Guides

Pocket Guides


For more video-based science activities and printables try our Backyard Science Investigations eLesson


Mariah Bruehl is a parent, educator, and author of the book Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder (Shambhala Publications, 2011). In 2008 Mariah brought her expertise online, creating the Parents’ Choice Gold Medal award-winning Web site Playful Learning. In 2011 she launched the Playful Learning Ecademy, which takes virtual-learning experiences to a new level by incorporating the best practices in education with engaging hands-on lessons, bringing parents and children together from all over the world into a unique, creative, community environment.


  1. Courtney said on August 23, 2013 #

    Love this! What a beautiful display and I love the video!

    • Mariah said on August 23, 2013 #

      Thanks Courtney! Nature provides so many lovely things to enjoy :-) We have fun with the videos… You will be seeing lots more around here.

  2. Sarah M said on August 23, 2013 #

    The displays your daughters made are lovely. We are excited to add your Backyard e-course to our science curriculum this year! Thanks for the wonderful back to school sale earlier in the week.
    Sarah M

    • Mariah said on August 23, 2013 #

      Thanks Sarah! I hope all is well :-) Keep us posted about how the Backyard Science Investigations go…

  3. Adrienn said on August 24, 2013 #

    The inspiration I needed today! Mr. just showed me our last years Xmas tree root and asked me what to do with it. I found the solution! ;)

    • Mariah said on August 25, 2013 #

      Fun! Keep us posted Adrienn :-)

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