The weather is still nice at this time of year, and there are so many wonderful things to find in the great outdoors. This is a great time to go on a nature walk and pick up whatever treasures you come across. Then use your treasures to make fun nature faces.
Nature faces can be made virtually anywhere, at any time, so remember this activity next time your kids say “I’m bored, mom!”
Supplies for Nature Faces:
- Various natural materials
- Sidewalk chalk (optional)
1. Gather natural materials. A paper gift bag is a handy way to carry around your natural treasures. Choose all kinds of different items, such as:
- pine cones
2. Get more than one of each item, if possible. Two matching items can be used for eyes or ears, or a handful of the same item can become hair or other accessories.
3. Spread out your materials so they’re easy to see. Younger kids might enjoy sorting the items and putting them together by category.
4. Clear off a spot on the ground, and create faces! It might be helpful for some kids if a chalk circle is drawn on the ground so they will have a starting point for their face creations.
If your kids are too small to make their own faces, let them play with the materials while you make simple faces, and then let them point out eyes, nose, etc. (or ask them what various parts are called).
Don’t forget to take pictures of your work!
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Very cute! I love taking my grandkids on nature walks around the neighborhood and collecting our bag on ‘treasures’.
Love this! Can’t wait to do it this weekend. I think it will make great artwork for the play room. I may need to borrow this. Thanks!
So fun and easy. Good idea to keep a small plastic baggie of chalk in my bag or car at all times!!!
We read a GREAT children’s book last year when we were doing our Fall unit … http://www.harcourtbooks.com/leafman/
Leafman is such a neat book! Not only did we start looking for leafpeople when we were out playing but the girls started making their own! Such a fun thing to do this time of the year!