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Temporary Nature Art

By Anna B.
May 28, 2021

Exploring the natural world is so great for kids of all ages. From noticing colors and textures to digging deeper into the symmetry and mathematics of plants, there is a lot to discover and enjoy. Creating temporary art with plants is an easy way to encourage kids to notice these patterns and create some of their own.

Gather Your Supplies Walk around your space and look for possibilities. These could be flowers, leaves, seed pods, or rocks. Take this moment to reinforce with your child that they should check with you before touching and taking plants.

BONUS: Create a challenge of only collecting plants that have finished blooming, or only using a certain color.

Talk About Pattern Look over what you collected. How might you arrange it? Will you make a picture or create an abstract design?

Process Not Product It’s temporary! Their artwork will be blown away by the wind or crushed by feet and that’s okay. Again, use this as a moment to talk about enjoying what you are doing without worrying about what will happen.

Get Inspired! Check out these amazing books for more ideas for exploring and creating in the natural world.

For Grownups

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Play the Forest School Way by Peter Houghton

A Little Bit of Dirt by Asia Citro

How To Raise a Wild Child by Scott Sampson

For Kids

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Bloom Boom! by April Pulley Sayre

What In the World? Sets in Nature by Nancy Raines Day

Drawn From Nature by Helen Ahpornsiri