Six nature-themed classroom ideas to help your learning space flourish.

Nature has always been a great source of inspiration, peace, and harmony. Integrating natural elements into the classroom has several benefits. It not only creates a serene and calming atmosphere, but it also encourages children to learn more about the world around them.
In this blog, I share six simple and practical nature-themed classroom ideas that will help your learning space bloom. From using found objects and creating learning stations to incorporating nature into your existing displays, these ideas will inspire you to bring the beauty of the outside into your learning. So, read on to get inspired to create your own nature-themed classroom and watch your students thrive!

Tip 1. Make the most of the occasion

There are *a lot* of globally recognized nature-themed events throughout the year. Like, A LOT! So – why not make the most of it and use them as the basis for some lessons and activities?

Globally recognized nature-themed holidays and events
Add these dates to your calendar and don’t forget to check out the relevant websites for a veritable gold mine of resources!

These events are recognized worldwide but there are also plenty more that are specific from country to country and they are a perfect opportunity to start important conversations with your students.

And even better? Most of these occasions have associated organizations who put a lot of time and effort into creating resources for kids, so you’ll have activities sorted too – winning.

Take Earth Hour for example – it’s a simple concept that invites people across the globe to turn their lights off for an hour. Designed to spark conversation about climate change, it acts as an accessible entry point for kids to discuss complex issues. The Australian site even contains resources that are curriculum aligned - how good is that?

And don’t forget - your nature theme can flex throughout the year too, so use holidays and changing seasons as unit fodder. As we know, teachers are experts when it comes to making a lesson out of just about anything. (As my kids discover every family holiday!)

One of my favorite examples of occasion-related decor comes from the gorgeous @abcswithmissb. Don’t you just love how she’s incorporated pumpkins into her classroom? (Though I will admit, her use of my Boho Rainbow Bundle makes me slightly biased!)

A teacher stands in front of a whiteboard filled with display items in a neutral palette with orange highlights. We see a diagram of a pumpkin, and a poster with the words ‘PUMPkin up good behaviour.’ There’s also a TV screen with the Halloween scene from Harry Potter.
Using the Boho Rainbow Classroom Decor Bundle
Halie from @abcswithmissb has created a stunning fall display.

Tip 2. Keep it simple: use found objects and decor that can be reused

One of the things I love most about a nature theme is how open-ended it is. Nature-themed classroom ideas could include everything from animals to ecosystems,  forests, deserts, camping, and more. The sky's the limit! (Then again, the sky would fit into the theme too!)

If you’re anything like, ahh well, pretty much all of the teachers I’ve ever met - chances are you don’t have a huge budget for classroom decor and displays. That’s where this theme really comes into its own. There are so many collectible items that are completely free that can be used in the classroom. Think - Think - pinecones, rocks, shells, autumn leaves, sand and even soil. (If there’s anyone that can find 86 uses for a pinecone, it’s a teacher!)

But if you do have a little budget to play with, here are some current items from Kmart Australia that can be used (and reused) in a bunch of different ways. While I have no affiliation with Kmart (#notspon) I am a teacher and therefore I love it. There are also LOADS of similar finds available from Target or Amazon

Kmart finds to bring your nature-themed classroom ideas to life
Here are 12 current picks from Kmart that can be used and reused to bring your nature-themed classroom ideas to life.
  1. Nature Finds Activity $3

  2. Slow Down Book: 50 Nature Stories $15

  3. Faux Grass Tiles $19 

  4. Ivy Garland $5.50 

  5. Artificial Plant Tile $13 

  6. Ivy Trellis $35 

  7. Fairy Garden $12 

  8. Mini Green House $15 

  9. Bug Atlas $12 

  10. My Green Activity Book $4 

  11. Artificial Fiddle Leaf $32 

  12. Leaf Decorations $5


Tip 3. Set up nature-themed learning stations

Whatever you call them - workstations, zones, provocations, or play stations - there are so many brilliant ways you can apply your nature-theme classroom ideas in zones throughout your space.

For example, you could set up a sensory table with found objects and ask kids to record their observations. Add a magnifying glass, a mirror, and a clipboard to add some fun. Print out little questions to guide their thinking and you’re done!

MJLL brand ambassador @teachingwithmissamanda has an exceptional example of this kind of thing, and it’s safe to say I’m obsessed! And let’s be real, the way it pairs with my Modern Boho Vibes Alphabet Posters? Also obsessed.

Creating a science and nature display that fits within your colour scheme is no mean feat, well done Miss Amanda!

In a similar vein, the exceptional @hellormrsredfern has some brilliant and flexible zones within her classroom: her investigation zone, her reading corner (swooning over those stools!) and her story table activities are straight up inspirational! 

What is it about great decor that makes work so inviting? I want to sit at the investigation table! Brave @hellomrsredfern. The ‘Investigation Table’ letters come from the Spotty Boho range.

I mean - that’s nature themed goals right there!

And her story tables? Swoon!

Another simple idea is to set up a basket of objects like the clever Heather from @enchantedclassroom below, and invite kids to write a story including all the elements. 

Such a clever writing prompt @enchantedclassroom!


Tip 4. Make the functional fabulous

Another simple way to carry a theme throughout your classroom is to integrate it into your existing displays. In many classrooms - if not most - you’ll find door displays, reading corners, birthday displays, visible learning goals, maths displays, and space to showcase great work.

Each of these displays can be used to flesh out your theme, even if they’re not strictly nature related. Here are some gorgeous examples of teachers who’ve done just that.

This image shows a reading corner with an ivy lined archway, a leaf-print rug, cushions that look like wood stumps and bunting that spells ‘Reading Garden’.

Love the use of the Modern Boho Vibes bunting. Love your work @acraftyteach!

Trust me when I tell you, the tiniest things will make a difference. I just love the way these teachers have paired their MJLL resources with a little faux-ivy. It’s ads the perfect oomph to the Learning Focus, Visual Timetables and Maths Displays.

Three images show three different displays. The first two images show whiteboards with learning intentions and visual timetables, and the third shows a range of different numbers, units and counting displays at a desk.
Three images show three different displays. The first two images show whiteboards with learning intentions and visual timetables, and the third shows a range of different numbers, units and counting displays at a desk.
Three images show three different displays. The first two images show whiteboards with learning intentions and visual timetables, and the third shows a range of different numbers, units and counting displays at a desk.
Amazing how the littlest things make the biggest impact!

Much like layering perfume over scented moisturizer (it’s an obscure analogy, but trust me on this), it’s the layering that brings a theme to life.

For example - you’ve got your designated nature play stations (where the lesson is nature related), and you’ve got your large-scale decorations (that support the nature aesthetic) but it’s the little spritz of smaller details that bring it all together.

Perfume analogies aside, here are some examples of teachers who’ve made the functional fabulous. They’ve turned their teacher trolleys, toolbox drawers, and labels into an extension of their theme

Make the functional fabulous!


Tip 5. Get by with a little help from some nature-themed classroom activities. 

While much of my focus so far has focused on the aesthetic side of the nature theme, I think some of my *most* useful resources are my Inquiry Units and Lesson Plans. If I do say so myself. (And I do!)


A graphic shows a range of different lesson plans and learning units that focus on a nature theme.

Don’t take my word for it, check out all the reviews!

These resources have been carefully designed to make sure they’re Common Core Aligned and differentiated to fit students at varying levels. You can find units of work to cover everything from bugs to water, to narrative writing and beyond. They include printouts, lesson plans, lesson ideas, worksheets and so much more.

In Tegan’s Reel below you can see a few of the printouts from my unit covering bugs. While a gorgeous display like this isn’t actually created in 10 quick clicks (if only!), it’s certainly made easier with great resources. 

Tegan has done it again! Such a gorgeous extension of her classroom theme.

 Tip 6. Create a nature-themed classroom in 3 easy steps with a decor bundle. 

If you’re short on time (and which teacher isn’t) a nature-inspired decor bundle could be the answer! As one of my most popular decor themes, I have four (yes FOUR!) collections dedicated to helping you add a touch of mother nature into your classroom. 

First up is the OG Botanical collection – it's been a long-time crowd favorite for a reason! With simple and elegant leafy designs, your students will feel like they're learning in a peaceful garden oasis. 

Teacher trolley labels from the Miss Jacobs Little Learners Botanical decor collection

And for teachers who want to add a little boho flair, the Boho Plants collection is just the ticket. Think earthy tones, animal illustrations, and a whole lot of charm.

Motivational posters and an affirmation station mirror using labels from the Miss Jacobs Little Learners Boho Plants decor collection

If you're looking for something a bit more contemporary, the Modern Jungle collection is where it's at. Featuring stunning illustrations of beautiful flowers and plants, your classroom will look like it's straight out of a botanical garden. 

The classroom decor bundle from the Miss Jacobs Little Learners Modern Jungle collection.And finally, we've got the newest addition to the nature-themed crew – the Australiana decor collection. This one's all about showcasing the beauty of native Australian flora and fauna, so get ready for some serious cuteness! 

The classroom decor bundle from Miss Jacobs Little Learners Australiana collection

Just look at this kind feedback I got a few weeks ago from the Australiana decor bundle

“This resource is AMAZING!! There is so much included, and the quality is outstanding, I cannot recommend this more highly! I am always confident that anything I purchase from MJLL is always of such a high standard, and this one is even more amazing. Thank you :)”

I’m not exaggerating when I say this - I hear from teachers all the time who tell me my range of classroom decor, teaching resources, and lesson plans have saved them precious hours, days, and even weeks of work. And that is exactly what I’m here for. So if you're looking to save some serious time and energy, consider grabbing one of my decor bundles for your nature-themed oasis. Future you will thank you!

4 classroom decor collections from the Miss Jacobs Little Learners collection to bring your natured-themed classroom ideas to life.

Discover how easy it is to bring nature-themed classroom ideas to life with four of my best-selling decor bundles. 

With ideas flowin’ let’s get your classroom growin’

I hope you’ve enjoyed this roundup of nature-themed classroom ideas and inspo. Looking for more? browse my range nature themed resources to find everything you need to decorate your space in a lush nature theme 

And don’t forget to don’t forget to tag me in your classroom photos on Instagram. You guys inspire me daily (I mean have you seen the #MissJacobsLittleLearners hashtag). I am blown away seeing your classrooms to life so keep the incredible classroom content coming.

Six Nature-themed classroom ideas to help your learning space flourish - Miss Jacobs Little Learners 

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