Hi! I’m Barb from A Life in Balance and Frugal Local Kitchen, mom to 5 kiddos, avid gardener, writer, runner, and photographer. I’m always looking for easy ways to get my kids involved in art projects without too much fuss or mess. Making temporary art with nature materials leads my kids to think about construction, texture, color, and working in 2 dimension or 3 dimension as they figure out what it is they want to make with the materials. Since we have lots of flower beds in our yard, plus take walks in local woods, my kids have access to lots of materials.
To get started, set up a crate outside and collect materials as the kids find them. Add in other materials like slices of wood. For larger pieces like long sticks, have a designated storage spot out of the way yet easy to access for clean up. Caveat: If you collect materials from outside your yard, make sure you have permission to do so. Neighbors usually don’t mind; local arboretums and refuges usually don’t permit removal of anything.
You can set up a designated area for semi-permanent constructions or make them and break down the project down when the session is over. Just make sure to take a picture with the builders before dissembling. When out on a nature walk, take a short break and make some simple nature art to leave behind for someone else to enjoy.
Do your kids like to build with natural materials? How do they incorporate natural materials into their play?
Barb is a mom of 5 kids who spends her day keeping track of socks, stuffed animals, library books, and a 4 year old when she isn’t writing about all the frugality, gardening, cooking, and reading she manages to fit in between the chaotic moments. She can be found at A Life in Balance or Frugal Local Kitchen.