#48 Natural Art
Explore and examine, forage and find fantastic treasures! You can use your imagination to create whatever you fancy… Scary mud monsters, twig towers or decorations for your garden or home.
Your child’s imagination and creativity will flourish through opportunities to engage with natural materials, inspiring a connection to nature and an appreciation of the environment around them, these activities will be memories for the future. Remember making mud pies when you were little?
Engaging in creative, open-ended activities encourages creative thinking without fear of mistakes, and materials such as mud, finger paints etc. will enable such experiences. Whilst there are ideas here for activities they should all be approached in a way which allows the child to develop their own ideas, use their imagination and resourcefulness and develop each activity in their own way – so many monsters and mud pies to be discovered! Let their imaginations run wild.
How to do it
Take a bag and off you go. Collect anything laying on the ground (but remember not to pick anything that is growing apart from dandelions, buttercups and daisies). Let your child smell and feel their collections. Talk about the colours and shapes. Encourage them to lay out their collection on the ground in whatever way they want to do it.
This adventure is part of the Sheffield 50 Things to Do Before You're Five . Head over to their website to tick-off 50 fantastic things for you and your child to experience together.