Exploring the natural landscape is a great way for children to experience a range of sensory delights – and they’ll find a wonderful variety of natural treasures to collect, examine and experiment with! As they search, feel and fiddle with the natural materials, your child will strengthen their motor skills and learn about colours, textures and shapes. It will also fire up their imagination and fuel creative flow. The key is to enjoy the process rather than working on making a piece of art, so avoid direction and simply play.
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Autumn is particularly great for making natural art –– encourage your child to see how many different coloured leaves they can find and use in their sculpture!
About the activity
Head out with your child/children into the garden or a local park in search of wild things that look and feel interesting. Twigs, leaves, dry flower heads and curly bark are always a favourite for natural art, but encourage them to find and use other things, too – for example feathers, trailing vines, pine cones, pebbles, nut cases, small stems and conkers . Get the children to place all of their items in front of them and think about what they’d like to make. They could stack or link them together to build a sculpture, or arrange them to make a colourful collage, perhaps. Or maybe they’d like to take their finds home to make a 3D picture or decorate a birthday card? There are endless possibilities when it comes to natural art – the important thing is to have fun and get creative!