Today was a gorgeous warm (ish), but sunny autumnal day, so we decided to chill out in the garden doing some nature art. We had some air dry clay left over from a previous crafting project, so we decided to use that up and do something with it, before it completely air dried itself out in the crafting drawers! Nature clay figures it was to be.
The only supplies you need are air dry clay and things from around the garden. I sent my trio off to collect various items. They headed back with leaves, grass, twigs, sticks, sloe berries, various red berries, and anything else they could lay their hands on. I was intrigued to see twin 2 really involved in this activity, as in the past he has not been so keen. He and our little lady spent a good hour modelling their figures, while twin 1 bashed his lump into a pancake shape, and then headed off to cause mischief while the rest of us were distracted!!!
Any art and craft activity is good for their little brains (and I find it quite restorative too!). It helps their mental, social, and emotional development. Whatever they have chosen to do will usually involve honing their fine motor skills. They use their imaginations to create with their resources, and when they enjoy and like what they have made, it in turn increases their self confidence.
Some of the best supplies are outdoors in nature (and they are free too). Doing nature art gets everyone outside in the fresh air. Their attention to detail within nature is increased as they look and discuss what they are using, which can then lead onto other discussions about its role in nature, and open a whole new learning topic. Nature’s supplies are often a lot more interesting with regard to colour, smell, and texture too, making it more fun.
The finished nature art products we ended up with from today’s session were 2 hedgehogs, a snowman, and a scary rabbit….oh, and a flat pancake thingy!!