Nature faces: This is a fantastic self-portrait art activity for young children, using flowers and leaves and natural items collected on a nature walk.
My daycare hooligans love creating self-portraits, and they also love crafting with flowers and leaves and various other items that we collect from around the yard or when we’re walking in the neighbourhood or the forest. These nature faces are the perfect combination of both activities.
Looking for “treasures” when you’re out for a walk with toddlers and preschoolers can turn an ordinary stroll around the neighbourhood into an exciting and magical adventure.
We often head out for our walks armed with baskets, buckets or even plastic bags so the kids can collect interesting natural items to make art with when we get home.
Sometimes we don’t even leave the yard for this. We’ll just wander around, plucking things from the lawn and garden that pique our interest.
This morning, we set off on a neighbourhood hike that took us into the green space behind our houses where the kids collected an assortment of grasses, flowers, leaves, buds, and maple keys.
When we got back home, I thought it would be fun to make faces out of our findings.
I cut some ovals out of cardboard, spread our goodies out on the mat, and the Hooligans got down to work.
The older preschoolers didn’t require any help figuring out where their eyes, noses and mouths would go in order to construct a face similar to their own.
To help the little ones figure out where to glue their leaves and flowers, we lightly marked the facial features on their cardboard with a pencil. That helped them to know where to squeeze their glue
Speaking of gluing, it’s amazing how much the toddlers’ crafting skills have developed in the short time they’ve been here in our daycare. When they first started out, they didn’t have the strength to squeeze the glue bottles without assistance. Now they’re old pros at it.
What do you think of our “nature faces”?
Aren’t they sweet?
Another free and easy idea for you and your kiddos to enjoy together, and a great excuse to get out of the house for a stroll around your neighbourhood.
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.