In this new series, we're bringing you the stories and the crafts from our weekly Little Explorers program typically held at out Nature Center. Now, enjoy them right from your owm home!

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Plantable Paper

Craft with a purpose! Join Conservancy of Soutwest Florida intern Mandy as she teaches you how to make plantable paper. It's a great craft that you should be able to do with the items you have lying around the house.

If you do not have any seeds, we ordered ours from

Click here for a printable list of items and set of directions.




Animal Enrichment Craft

Any animal in human care needs to be stimulated to practice their natural behaviors. We provide these enrichment opportunities as an important part of the care of ambassador animals at the Conservancy to stimulate the animal’s brain, trigger natural habits, and promote exercise.




Sun Catcher Craft

In this video you will learn an easy craft that you can make at home that will showcase your favorite animal! You’ll need:

  • Paper plate
  • Coffee filter
  • Spray bottle with water
  • Markers
  • Construction paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Place the coffee filter on the paper plate. Decorate and color the filter with markers. Draw whatever pattern you want! But try not to draw too many colors on top of each other to avoid a splotchy brown finish. After you are done coloring, spray the filter generously with water.

The ink from the markers should start to blend in with each other. You will need to wait for the filter to dry. While you are waiting, draw the outline of your favorite animal on a piece of construction and cut it out. Glue the animal to the middle of the filter. Once everything is dry, you are now ready to hang your suncatcher. Find a good window with plenty of light and enjoy your new work of art!




Toilet Paper Roll Squid Craft

In this video you will learn how to make a cool little squid with a toilet paper roll and a few other household items! You will need:

  • Empty toilet paper roll
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Ribbon or string
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Googly eyes (optional)

On one end of your toilet paper roll, draw eight lines down about a quarter of the way of the roll. Make sure these lines are spaced apart evenly! Cut these lines with a scissors and flatten the end of the roll. Your squid now has eight arms!

On the other end of the roll, draw a triangle on either side and make sure the triangles meet each other at the top. Cut these lines and you now have the pointed head of your cephalopod!

Use the cardboard scrap to create two small triangles and glue each one to the end of a 3-inch ribbon or string. Tape or glue the other ends of your ribbon/string to the inside of your toilet paper roll, making sure most of the ribbon hangs below the arms.

Decorate your squid with markers, making sure to give it the right camoflauge for its surroundings. If you have googly eyes lying around at home, use them! Otherwise you can draw the eyes. Viola! You now have your very own squid friend.




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