Reuse a Green Kid Crafts Box: Nature Scavenger Hunt

Make a a nature tray for kids out of an up-cycled box. Go on a scavenger hunt with kids using your Green Kid Crafts box!

Here’s a great idea for getting the most out of your monthly Discovery Box from Green Kid Crafts! We’re up-cycling our cardboard box into a nature tray for a scavenger hunt. When I was a kid I used to do this activity with a shoe box, so if you don’t have a Green Kid Crafts box handy, any small box will work.

Using the directions below, separate your box into compartments and paint the bottom of each compartment with a color found in nature. This can be changed up with the seasons too! Then head outside and find objects that match the colors in the tray.


  • 1 Green Kid Crafts Box
  • Nature Colored Paint or Markers (We used brown, gray, yellow, and green.)
  • Scissors
  • Tape


Cut the lid off of your empty Green Kid Crafts box.

nature tray

Cut cardboard spacers from the lid in the following sizes:

2 Spacers at 6 3/4″ x 2″

1 Spacer at 4″ x 2″

Use tape to secure the spacers in the box as shown.


nature tray

Paint or color each compartment a different color found in nature.


nature tray

nature tray

Head outside in your own backyard or to a local park and find objects that match the colors in the box! How many objects can you find?

nature tray scavenger hunt

Green Kid Crafts Discovery Box Spotlight

Let kids’ imaginations run wild with these fun and educational science projects! We have created a Botany Discovery Box that will inspire your pint-sized botanist with creative STEAM science and art projects. Though hands-on activities, our Botany Box teaches kids how plants work, from the tiniest seeds to the tallest trees.  The Botany Box includes supplies and instructions for four amazing projects: A DIY Plant Press, a Botanist Kit, an Herbarium, and a Plant Printmaking Kit.