15 May, 2019
As you know by now, art gets me excited. But what you may not know is that…so does nature!
And if you really know me by now, then you know that I LOVE combining things! So when it came to writing this week’s post, I thought, “Well, springtime is among us, nature is in full bloom…I’ll write about that!”
No matter where you live, spring has already sprung (or is about to.) That means new growth will be taking place, baby birds will be learning to fly, insect life will be in full swing, and flowers will pop up everywhere. And kids love the outdoors.
No matter how much stimulation they get playing in the house – board games, video games, Legos, hide-and-seek – there’s something special about the outdoors. Wherever you live, there is something to enjoy about the outdoors. Maybe it’s the ocean, the mountains, streams, lakes, rivers, desert, farmland…the list can go on and on. There is something unique about your individual outdoors. So I encourage you to go and find it!
And while you’re at it, take your kids along, and see what you can find. If you collect sea shells from the beach, bring them home, flatten a piece of clay into the shape of a circle, and press the shells into it. Add a string, and you have an ornament! Maybe paint and glitter them, or drill tiny holes into them, string a line through, and create a wind chime!
Maybe you explore the woods and bring home a few pinecones. Hot glue some googly eyes to them to make creatures, or slather them in peanut butter and seeds to hang outside for the birds!
If you live near a stream, collect the fanciest rocks and bring them home to paint and you’ll have instant rock pets. You could also draw pictures on them, write kind words on them to give to friends, or make a tic-tac-toe board and use them as Xs and Os!
No matter where you live, I have no doubt that you can find leaves. And the option for crafting with leaves is almost endless. A classic craft that comes to mind is to place a leaf beneath a sheet of white paper, flip it over, and color the other side so you can see the ridges and veins from the leaf captured in crayon.
Another option is gluing a leaf on either side of a stick and calling it a butterfly. You can also paint leaves multiple colors and press them into paper. Glue Popsicle sticks to the bottom of leaves, add googly eyes, and you have leaf people! Or you can simply draw a trunk on paper and go crazy gluing on real leaves so it looks like a real tree.
And then (I’m sure you could have guessed this!) I encourage you to write a story, not only about the art you’ve created, but more importantly, about the fun and adventure you had on your nature walk, collecting your crafting items.
If you make a piece of nature art, please to snap a picture and share it with me here on this blog!
Ruth A. Radmore
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