Anytime that we can combine nature, art and skill building we feel happy. Being out in nature clears the mind and bringing nature into the home reminds us of that feeling. This forest wreath is a simple art project that kids can be proud to hang on the wall to enjoy for many years.
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Forest Wreath; A Simple Nature Art Project
This deceptively simple nature art activity is packed with skills. Gathering and collecting the sticks exercises hand strength and finger isolation. Arranging the sticks in a circle will actually help to encourage neurological development. Being able to draw or make a radius around a circle is a developmental milestone. One of the ways that we determine how a child is developing is to see how they draw the sun. If the rays are all squished on one side that tells us that we need to work on crossing midline. It is not a cause for worry, every child develops at their own pace, rather it is just another way to learn more information at what stage your child is at. There are four stages of drawing and writing that you may see as your child grows from 15 months to 3 years old. By offering children fun experiences with a variety of art and writing materials, you will see them progress over time.
Materials to Make a Forest Wreath:
- Thick Cardboard Circle or a Wreath Form
Instructions on to Make a Forest Wreath:
1) If you do not have a wreath ring cut one out of stiff cardboard.
2) Go for a nature walk and collect sticks. This is a good time to tell a story to enhance language skills. You can also turn collecting sticks into a vision game. Have one person be the “spotter” and direct the other person where to go to collect the stick. Use it as a math game by working on counting skills or working on simple division: “If we break one stick into 4 pieces, how many pieces would 2 sticks make?
3) Break the sticks into smaller pieces. You can sort the pieces by size to work on categories. You can work on patterning by gluing the sticks in order of size, then repeat.
4) Apply a good amount of glue onto the cardboard circle. Apply the sticks and allow to dry.
. . .and Tadah! You have made a beautiful Forest Wreath art project. Simple and beautiful.
MORE NATURE ART ACTIVITIES
- Nature Weaving Art Project: Use sticks, flowers, and plant cuttings to make a beautiful wall hanging
- Nature Number Art Challenge: Use natural items to play a fun counting game while creating arts and crafts
- Nature Mandala: Make mandalas from items found in nature.
- Make a Wind Catcher: To make your own wind catcher, choose two sticks and an assortment of objects from nature.
- Zentangle Rocks: Zentangle® is a type of meditative art where you fill in spaces using repetitive patterns.
- Nature Collage Suncatcher: Collect and display natural items with this easy and pretty craft.