Wednesday, April 08, 2020

Gather your family and go for a nature walk.  Be sure to bring along a bag or basket to hold all your nature treasures. You can walk around your neighborhood or even just around your yard. Look for leaves, grasses, flowers, sticks, anything from plants. See how many different colors and shapes you can find! After you've enjoyed the outdoors for a while, take your treasures home and try this craftivity! A craftivity is a craft AND an activity

Materials:

  • Nature Treasures
  • White card-stock, construction paper, watercolor paper, printer paper (the thicker the better for this craftivity, maybe even cardboard? Cereal box?)
  • Hammer (with adults permission and supervision)
  • Soft towel
  • Crayons, pencils, pens, watercolors, etc

    Directions:

    • Lay all your nature treasures out so you can see them all. Try and group colors and shapes together if you like.

    Now let your imagination engage! Also, activate adult supervision!

    • If you have thicker paper, use it for this craft. If not, the printer paper works too, but you may need to use several pieces stacked together. 
    • You might do this one on the ground or carpet so you don't hurt the table or work surface.  
    • If you don't have a hammer available, you could experiment with a larger rock, or a rolling pin, or maybe even your feet!    

    As always, be creative!

    • Start by building a craft sandwich!  
    • Layer soft towel, plain paper (several pieces if its thinner paper), nature treasures, another piece of paper (several if it's thinner), another layer of a soft towel.  
    • Now carefully and gently hammer over the whole area. This is a good time for the adult supervision! 

    Be careful of your fingers and the work surface.

    • You can peek inside your craft sandwich to see if you're hammering too soft or too hard and adjust accordingly. You can also peek to see if you've missed a spot.  
    • Try and hammer evenly over the entire area.  
    • When you're satisfied, open up the sandwich and see what has happened!
    • Brush away the smooshed plants and see what is left behind! 
    • You can be done here, or you can add to your picture with crayons, markers, pens, watercolors, whatever you have on hand.