An art activity that combines art, nature and creativity.
“As children observe, reflect, record, and share nature’s patterns and rhythms, they are participating in a process that promotes scientific and ecological awareness, problem solving, and creativity.” – Deb Matthews Hensley, early childhood consultant
The middle years – roughly six to twelve –] is a time of greatly expanded interest, curiosity and capacity for assimilating knowledge and understanding the natural world. Rapid cognitive and intellectual growth occurs, including many critical thinking skills achieved through interaction and coping in the nonhuman environment.
Intellectual development at this stage is especially facilitated by direct contact with nearby natural settings, where a world of exploration, imagination and discovery becomes increasingly evident to the child. -Stephen R. Kellert, School of Forestry and environmental studies, Yale University
Spending time out in nature with children is one of the greatest joys in life. This Nature Art Activity is an encouragement to go out and explore nature where ever and whenever you can. Think creatively and inspire your child’s creativity. When my daughter was young, we would find a way to create something out of found objects. It may be a water wheel or a fairy house made out of moss, but whatever we made, the end result was magic. The wonderful part of it was seeing how our daughter’s creations inspired others. When she made people sculptures out of seaweed and stuck them on sticks in the sand we were happy to see a tribe of seaweed people around the beach the next day. When she decided to pick up trash at the park and make a trash sculpture we were surprised to see more sculptures when we went back. Creativity is infectious; go spread your creativity today.
Where will you go? What will you create? We would love to see what inspires you!