Vegan eco craft ideas with Faye Smith from Nature Makers

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Faye Smith runs Nature Makers, a crafty outdoor learning group which only uses vegan and eco friendly craft materials.  Here Faye shares some forest school art ideas, and the story of how she set the classes up.  Nature Makers share craft ideas and colouring sheets online, and produce educational materials, scroll down for examples.  

Right now we are in the grips of an Environmental emergency where the decisions we make will impact upon our children and beyond. Thankfully there is a growing awareness of parents wanting to raise their family with an appreciation of nature but unsure how to do this and unable to find a children’s class that supports this ethos in both activities and products used.

Hello my name is Faye and I created Nature Makers to help families with young children to connect with nature, without parents having to be experts themselves, by providing nature inspired Art & Craft classes, parties and events using Eco-friendly and Vegan products, so that families can raise their children to have an appreciation of our precious Planet.

One of our mums Rhian said “My 2 year old is consistently engaged with all the varied activities each week at Nature Makers. Absolutely love that the class is so Eco conscious and responsible, it’s absolutely the sort of thing I want to instil in my little boy!”

Nature Makers began as I was frustrated that local preschool art classes were heavily reliant on using plastic and chemical based products and alarmed to see the use of animal products in art materials.

This, combined with seeing how much enjoyment and development my young son gained through not just art but outdoor and natural activities gave me the idea of creating Nature Makers so that other families can develop this connection to nature too.

What started in Spring 2019 as just 1 class in Tamworth to educate and entertain my son has turned into multiple across the Midlands and requests for more. Also other like minded parents have contacted me to ask about running their own classes which is fabulous and has taken the business in a whole other direction. Becki joined the team just before lockdown and a couple of other people are joining soon so when we restart classes we will have gone from just little old me to 4+ Activity Providers which is great as more families will get to experience our classes and learn about nature.

If you are interested in finding out more information about Nature Makers then please visit: www.nature-makers.co.uk or www.facebook./com/naturemakers

Resources:

Nature Inspired learning resources for EYFS: Etsy shop with spring themed alphabet and counting cards.

More craft ideas– can be found on the website blog and Facebook page, and Youtube channel.

Online classes– information on the Facebook page.

Nature Schooling UK Facebook group run by Nature Makers

Nature activities and colouring sheets:

Find more vegan colouring sheets and educational materials on the Vegan Family Guide website

 

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