We always give our children paper to paint on, but there are plenty of items in nature that can serve as a canvas. When I found some beautiful leaves at work, I couldn’t help but take them home with me. I showed Miss Possum and she loved them straight away too. We decided we would paint on them.
This may not be a totally wildlife related post but I think it’s just as important to bring children close to nature as it is to bring them close to wildlife. It isn’t completely wildlife unrelated though as you’ll see from our artistry on the leaves!
Miss Possum created a beautiful lady beetle.
And this stunning koala in a tree (that ended up being upside down).
I created a gecko and tried to model other ways of being creative by cutting out newspaper and sticking it to the leaves. I thought the effect was lovely.
We tied all the leaves onto a string and together they created a stunning garland that we hung outside on the fence. I love when Miss Possum and I work on creating something beautiful together, it’s so rewarding.
We really enjoyed painting animals on leaves. It also helps the environment because you’re reducing paper waste.
So, next time you see something beautiful to paint, draw or add some collage to, try it. It’s such a refreshing change. Getting children closer to nature around them can only help them bond with it and help encourage a love of wildlife habitat too!
Here’s a great way to use leaves and bark as a nature advent calendar for Christmas. I wish I had thought of that. It’s stunning!
What have you created together with your child lately?