When the kids brought out the paints and asked me if they could do some painting, my daughter decided painting leaves was a good way to incorporate nature. Who was I to argue right? I mean when you have a child that loves nature as much as you, painting leaves sounded like a great idea.
We headed out into nature and collected all different types of leaves and we talked about which trees we thought they had fallen from. It was a great exercise to get the kids to look up and pick a tree, look at the leaves on the tree and how they changed once they had fallen and marry the fallen leaves to the trees. It sparked a few questions about why leaves fall, and how trees provide oxygen, all of which got answered of course.
Then we headed inside as the weather was changing and we talked about indoor activities for kids, and how we could turn our collection of leaves into a craft project. The kids loved the idea of making Rainbow Crown and using the painted leaves as decoration to attach to the band. It took a little bit of planning, but allowing autonomy with a bit of guidance, brought together an awesome project that did, in fact, bring nature and painting together, just how my daughter had imagined.
Indoor activities for kids
Sometimes you can bring a little bit of outdoors inside for kids to create with, especially when the weather isn’t very good.
This is what we used:
- A collection of fallen leaves
- Craft paint (we used acrylic)
- Various sized paintbrushes
- Egg carton paint tray
- Cardboard for the headband & a stapler
- Super Glue
- Started painting leaves in solid colours first and let them dry.
- Followed by adding different designs and colour schemes that worked together then let dry.
- Cut a strip of cardboard approximately 3 cm wide and lay it out flat.
- Find the middle of your cardboard band and get the kids to start laying out their painted leaf designs.
- Starting in the middle, glue down one leaf at a time and work your way out on each side.
- When their rainbow crowns are exactly how they would like them, measure and staple each child’s headband individually at the back.