Welcome Spring time and also yard cleaning! I have a little guy who is still in pre-school so he and I are home together in the afternoons. I love and cherish this (diminishing) time that we have together so, I try to make chores fun. I mean who wouldn’t rather be picnicking in the park and going for ice cream every day…..but chores can’t do themselves. I had several dead plants in the yard so I needed to remove them and trim other bushes. We decided to make it fun! We broke out the roll of paper and paint and decided to use the leaves and branch clippings to paint a picture.
- Branch Clippings, Leaves, Sticks….anything in nature!
- Water cup (for switching colors)
Set up your work space on the driveway or other large space outside. Trim branches/ tree, collect rocks, sticks and any other nature “brushes” that you may want to use for painting. Now its time to get creative!
I let my son use a small pair of scissors to trim the “brushes” to the size that he needed. This kept him from wanting to trim holes into the bushes in the yard. We made an abstract lake and road among other things. My son had a lot of fun doing this project and we were able to spend time together. Try it out! What natural art projects do you do with your children? Bonus: break out the hose for quick clean up!