backyard painting–with nature
And just like last year, when everyone started to get antsy and bickery and up and down and not too sure of what’s going on because the school schedule’s ending and our summer one’s beginning, it’s been a little bumpy.
To say the least.
We’ve been looking at trees, at leaves, and at everything green around us, trying to breathe a bit. So it was about time we brought in a little paint and paper into the mix.
So to pass time on a cool and sunny June afternoon and to celebrate the green around us, we did a little backyard painting–with nature as our brushes, stamps, and inspiration.
- Backyard Painting–With Nature: Maddy came home with HUGE pieces of paper that she ‘saved’ from the recycle bin (oh, boy I hope so. . . ), so she declared that she needed to do something with them.
I said, Hey–I have an idea! Who’s up for a challenge today? Who thinks they can paint without a paintbrush? Let’s walk around our yard and collect everything we can–leaves, sticks, flowers, grass–and use them as our paintbrushes. We’ve been talking about our trees and leaves lately-let’s see what we can do.
Maddy immediately said, I don’t think I’m up for that today, Mom. I really just want to use a brush. I told her that was totally fine but by that time, Owen and Cora had zipped into the yard to find things to paint with.
We left Maddy painting with her brush, and in the end, Owen and Cora had a basket full of leaves, flowers–both alive and dead, dried grass, clovers, sticks, and pieces of bush.
Maddy had visions of trees on her mind, so she got busy with them while Owen, Cora, and I challenged ourselves to use ‘natural’ paintbrushes. It wasn’t as easy as we thought!
For quite some time, we dipped flowers and leaves into paint to make patterns on our papers, but soon Owen said he was getting too messy. So he decided to create stamps of his leaves.
He painted on the leaf and then pulled it up to see the print that remained. He tried it with large leaves, small leaves, basil, and rosemary.
We painted and printed for awhile, then packed up and headed to the pool for dive practice.
It was a sweet, breezy, almost-summer afternoon.
I’m happy to share this post in a party of sorts with several of my bloggy friends in the Forest Fiesta, which celebrates World Environment Day. This year, World Environment Day is being hosted in India and the focus is on making nations and common people realize the singular importance of saving our forests.
Though this post is not about forests, specifically, my pal Rashmie of Mommy Labs decided that any child-focused ‘fusion of artwork and environment’ which I think today’s activity did most splendidly.
Would you like to learn more about World Environment Day or hit some worthwhile links about forests? We plan to do even more forest reading and research during our Smart Summer Challenge in just a few weeks!
Rashmie provided our group with these cool links:
Or visit the other participating blogs for super-creative ideas: