The basic idea
Create a piece of art by laying out natural materials (leaves, sticks, stones etc.) in a frame on the ground. The frame can be made of sticks, tape, anything that that helps focus the eye.
Over to you, wee one
Long before they talk, wee ones communicate with us by handing us objects. Have a pile of materials for you, and a pile of materials for you wee one to play with. Chat as you work away and make a big deal of thanking them for whatever they hand you.
- Decision making builds agency
- Fine motor development
- Exploring the outdoors
- Older wee ones can have a scavenger hunt to collect their natural materials
- If you don’t have a garden, collect materials on your walk and build your art at home
- Add paint and use leaves etc to print on paper
Take a picture of whatever you make together! It doesn’t have to look like anything, just value the experience. Oh, and if your wee one keeps wrecking the art, treat it like building towers – build to knock down, again and again.