Bringing The Outside Inside With Max!

Hey! It’s your favourite mischief maker Max!

Brrr! It’s getting chilly round here. Pass the hot choc!

There’s so much fun to be had outside still though.

The awesome colours! Leaves to jump in! And you better believe I love a mischievous conker fight or two.

I’m bursting with ideas on how to get creative. Just using things you can find outside!

Follow my guide on how get the MAX (haha!) fun out of your next walk in nature. Enjoy folks!

First get yourselves out on a nature walk!

Look out for leaves, conkers, pinecones, branches and pebbles.

You can even turn this into a scavenger hunt by ticking off the below items!

Remember, a good scavenger doesn’t disturb nature. So only collect what’s already fallen…


You Will Need:

  • Collection of interesting and bright coloured leaves
  • Twigs
  • Small, medium and large smooth pebbles
  • Pinecones
  • Conkers (confession- there’s no craft idea for these but now you have a supply for conker fights mwahaha!)

Oh and the bits you can’t find in nature…


  • Glitter
  • PVA Glue
  • Glue gun or superglue – grown up assistance needed!
  • Poster paints
  • Googly eyes
  • Different coloured felt sheets
  • Other fun stuff like pipe cleaners and pom poms

Pinecone pets

If you’ve collected some pinecones this one’s for you!

Make sure you give your pinecones a good scrub with a dry a brush.

Or you might end up with another type of pet crawling out!

First things first, decide where your pet’s head is!

Grab two (or three or four!) googly eyes.

Carefully glue on and you have an instant creature. Cute!!

Now get creative!

Pre-cut your shapes from felt to make different features.

Ears, noses, paws, tails…fangs!

Just make up as you go!

Add in the odd pipe cleaner or pom pom for extra flourish.

Maybe your creature is cute with a fluffy tail?

Maybe it’s a scary monster with huge fangs!


Create your family of pebbles

This one is so much fun.

Challenge each family member to create a pebble portrait of someone else in the clan!

Grab your smooth pebble, paints and anything else to help you create a masterpiece portrait.

Then try and create a funny pebble version of your family member.

Remember, the sillier the better

Wacky collage

Remember all those leaves you collected?

Red, gold, rusty. What about twigs? Yep? Woohoo! Let’s make a collage.

Lay out sheets of A4 paper (stiff card may also be better if you’re planning an epic level of sticking!).

Then lay out all of your leafy, twiggy goodness.

Watch out for creepy crawlies again!

You can either plan your collage with a quick pencil sketch.

Or just see where inspiration takes you and stick down as you go!

Max tip:

Jazz your collages up even more with paint or glitter.

How about making prints with your leaves by painting one side and stamping down? Very cool.

Glitter Pinecone Decorations

OK OK, I know it’s not Christmas yet but all this creativity got me itching to do something festive!

You Will Need:

  • Pinecones
  • Thick needle and thread – this is one for you adults!
  • Poster paint
  • Glitter!

Take a few of your pinecones and either coat in a few layers of paint and leave slightly tacky.

Or, leave natural but coat in a light layer of PVA glue. Up to you!

Dust your pinecones in glitter!

Once dry, show them off on the coffee table or mantelpiece!

Or make them into baubles!

When it’s time to trim the Christmas tree, carefully thread a thick needle with thread and push through one of the scales near the top of the pinecone.

This might be a little tricky but if you manage it you can tie a little loop and hang it proudly from your tree!

Leaves prank

I HAD to finish on a more mischievous note.

This one’s great if you’ve still got some leftover leaves too…

Gather a bag or bucket full of leaves.

Hide some fake bugs (or spiders leftover from Halloween!) in amongst.

Don’t forget to pop in a few wrapped up MAOAM sweets too.

Bushtucker trail time!

Tell your ‘contestants’ that there are real life bugs hidden in the leaves amongst the sweets!

See who dares to rummage. If they’re brave enough.

Of course, anyone who tries deserves a MAOAM sweet for their courage. Mwahaha.

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Till’ next time folks! Stay mischievous! Max.