Well, as with most things that have happened this month, this is not the post I had planned to write. Like all of us, it’s now about quarantine survival mode for our kids and our families. Patience is wearing thin, among other things. Some days are good, and some days are bad. Really bad. So, here we are. We are all doing what we can. I thought I’d share a fun little art and nature activity that we started our day with today. We created faces using things we found in nature. I can’t take credit for creating the idea as my friend Nicky shared it with me after having her kids do it, but I did make the printable face PDF (in both light and dark skin tones), which you can download for free!
First, we started our homeschooling morning with a nature walk through our neighborhood. We gathered all kinds of things from nature to make our faces.
After a thirty minute trek around the neighborhood, we finally collected enough items. Each child had his/her own bag for collecting.
Some of our favorite items we collected were: snail shells, flowers, tiny pine cones, red berries, pine needles, pebbles and even a few bugs (eek!). After we got back from our walk, we laid out all our nature items onto baking sheets with a layer of paper towels underneath. This helped to absorb any wetness from the items as we had done our walk in the morning and many items were still damp with dew.
I pre-printed the empty face pages on heavy duty white card stock. Then, the kids got work making many different faces with their nature items!
Many of their faces included flower crown headbands! I also loved the small daisy earrings and red berry mouth.
One of the best parts about this art activity is that you can clear off your face and start over again!
Funny faces were our favorite—the sillier, the better!
This guy is even wearing sunglasses!
This guy has a pretty amazing bark beard.
This girl is a flower child!
Hopefully you can recreate this activity at home with your kids. It’s fun to get out on a walk as well (away from others, of course) and make this activity into phys. ed. and art combined into one class.