Saturday, March 9, 2013

{Family Collaboration} Nature Art + Creative Prompts




If you've been following along, you know that our family just loves taking nature walks together.  Often times we collect signs of the season  and other times we simply journal our findings through the lens of a camera, both Mom's and son's.  

Spring is just around the corner.  We can feel it in the air.  During this last nature walk we decided to collect a  few of that last remnants of winter.  The dead leaves that had fallen, the tops of devoured acorns, and some dried up tree branches that my son thought would be perfect to use as walking sticks.



After spending a nice afternoon collecting a few odds and ends, we brought them back to the house and waited for Daddy to get home.  We wanted to use our items to create a work of art, and thought that we could design one together as a family.  A nice, relaxing way to connect after dinner.  After a long day of work and play.  I set up a small 'invitation to create' using the bits we collected, and a few extra supplies from our art room.


~ Nature findings
~ colored glue
~ white glue
~ a glue gun (for Mom and Dad)
~ a piece of cardboard

We worked together arranging the leaves and twigs on the cardboard and then I used a glue gun to make sure everything stayed put.  After the glue had time to cool off, we took turns splattering the pink and purple glue over the piece of art that we created together.  It was as simple as that.  In the morning, we proudly hung our creation on display in our living room.  A bit of color added to the final passing of winter.  A promise that spring is certainly on it's way.


{Creative Prompts}


In addition to making a mixed media nature collage, here are a couple of prompts that your family could use when designing a piece of nature art together:

~ Draw a map of the area that you explored on your walk. Attach your artifacts on the map in the approximate locations that you found each of them.  Adorn accordingly with additional materials, if desired.

~ Use as many items as you can to create a imaginary creature.  Your finished artwork could be a picture or a sculpture.

~ Break apart or crush the items that you collected outside.  Draw a scene together and use your bits to add texture to your picture.


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12 comments:

  1. These are great! I love bring the outside in!

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    1. Thanks Erin! We had a lot of fun and it was such a simple activity!

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  2. Oh, I love these ideas! My kids would enjoy so many of them. Thank you for sharing at the After School Link Up.
    Kelly at Little Wonders' Days

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    1. Thanks, Kelly! I think we may have to try a different prompt next time. :)

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  3. I love these types of activities! Although I have to warn people.. we did this last fall and unknowingly brought in a family of little red ants!! They were in the pine cones! Maybe steer clear of those pine cones! ;)

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    1. Yikes! I'll be on the look-out. Thanks for the tip, Lina!

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  4. Art as a family - what a beautiful thing. I am featuring this on The Sunday Showcase this week.

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    1. Thanks, Allison! So excited to be featured!

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  5. I'm glad you shared with us on Eco Kids. I'm following too!

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    1. I am so glad that I found your blog, Becki! Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Super cute activity! Soooo glad spring is just around the corner. So very glad lol

    Thanks for sharing with us at Eco-Kids Tuesday! Hope you join us again today! http://likemamalikedaughter.blogspot.com/2013/03/flip-trainer-review-at-eco-kids-tuesday.html

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    1. Thanks, Hannah! I can NOT wait for spring temps here!

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