As the days grow warmer, outside is where we all want to be. Especially the little artistic types among us. Because there's no more inspiring place to make art than under the big blue sky. Here are a few ideas for bringing your child's creativity out into the open air.
Take the easel outside. It's that simple. Little painters really enjoy the change of light and sights and surroundings. And they can make any old mess without worry.
Get in the habit of bringing a sketchbook and crayons, markers or even a simple watercolor set with you on all outdoor expeditions. If you're planning a picnic at the park, you'll be surprised how much the children enjoy taking a break from running around to draw or paint!
Gather rocks, flowers, pine cones, moss, sticks, and more for a still life. Have the children arrange their finds on an outdoor table and then draw together. Or the smaller ones may just enjoy making their "sculpture."
Introduce the art of flower arrangement. Wild flowers are everywhere these days, and few little hands can resist picking them. When you get home, all you need are a few empty jars and cups of different sizes ( just raid the recycling bin) and some water and scissors too. Let the kiddos experiment with different combinations of flowers and containers. Water and clippings will get everywhere, so it's a good one for the stoop or the backyard. Display the little bouquets somewhere special when they're done!
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