Saturday, May 29, 2010

Days of Play--Nature Walk Collector

The days are finally starting to feel springish .... hopefully I didn't just jinx us, Wyomingites!.

It's time to get out of the house.

Grab a sack and go on a walk.  Let your kids lead--you follow.  Encourage them to explore their surroundings and to "collect" things on the walk (though this might be a good time to explain that it isn't neighborly to collect flowers from other people's gardens).

When you get home, get a strong piece of cardboard and glue.  Have your kiddo turn the collected stuff into a piece of art.  Display it for one week.


  1. This is a fun idea! I was wondering if you have some ideas about what to do with kids art. My kids turn out projects almost every day. I display them for awhile, but then what?

  2. Kristen--Great question. If the art is flat, scan and save digitally. If it is a 3D piece (like this), take a photo of it. At the end of the year, make a little photo album of their art projects.

    What we also do for "flat" art pieces is turn them into cards for family members.

    It's pretty good to let your kids decide what art to keep for a while and what projects to let go of. I'm always surprised by what M.E. thinks is valuable and what she could do without! I tend to be more emotional about her work than she is. Go figure.

  3. I know I'm a few days behind but thought I'd comment anyways.

    I too take pictures of art Eli does & only save a few of my favorite things. I display the current pieces on the door in the kitchen leading to the garage. I also hung a string in his room to display pieces of his artwork in there too. I hung string on a jumbo colored thumb tack & then used nails in kind of a funky zig-zaggy line, with another thumb tack on the other end of the wall. I wrapped the string around each nail to make the string really tight & not sag. I use painted clothespins to attach the the artwork to the string. It works well & Eli likes having stuff he's made in his room. :)

    Reagan ---thanks for the craft idea. I have done this before with kids when I was working but forgot about it. Maybe Eli & I will do it later this week! :)


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