"STUDY NATURE. LOVE NATURE. STAY CLOSE TO NATURE. IT WILL NEVER FAIL YOU."

~ frank lloyd wright.

Both nature and art are filled with therapeutic and academic benefits. The combination of the two can lead to powerful and transformative experiences for young children.  

 
Toddlers painting rocks on the playground at The Breakwater School.

Toddlers painting rocks on the playground at The Breakwater School.

Rock Painting 

My favorite place to start. Head outside and collect some stones together with the children, and encourage them to do the same at home with their families. Bring your stones to the art table in your classroom, a picnic table outside in the shade and let your imaginations flow together as you cover your stones in beautiful colors and patterns. 


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Mixed Media Leaf Art

Whatever kind of nature surrounds you, it will provide an abundance of art supplies. Explore the goods, learn to identify (and avoid unfriendly plants), collect a few stray specimens and bring them back to your favorite work-space to create something magical. Also, read Leaf Man

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Sun Prints

Pick up a pack of sunprint paper at your local art supply store and pull together a collection of items to leave their mark under the suns powerful rays. Mix loose parts from nature and the recycling bin for endless possible prints. Try out stand alone objects and I-Spy inspired collages. 

Making magic wands at the Maine Yoga Kids Camp at 2016's Maine Yoga Fest

Making magic wands at the Maine Yoga Kids Camp at 2016's Maine Yoga Fest

More Nature Art Activities

  • Mud painting on playground rocks
  • Nature magazine mixed media collage
  • DIY Dramatic Play Props
  • Cairns sculptures and nature patterns
  • Landscape artist's coloring pages
  • Experiment with pine branch paint brushes
  • Decorate a terra cotta or recycled potted plant
  • Threaded leaf jewelry
  • Making magic wands
  • Origami animals and paper crane mobiles
  • Mandala making with loose parts from nature
  • Landscape and nature focused puzzles
  • Paint, draw, sculpt, elements of nature
  • Leaf rubbings with oil pastel crayons
  • Flowers, food, and tree still-life pictures
  • Decorated garden markers
Bring your plants down to the art table with different drawing, painting, and MIXED media supplies for a simple and inviting nature-focused art provocation.

Bring your plants down to the art table with different drawing, painting, and MIXED media supplies for a simple and inviting nature-focused art provocation.


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