Painted Nature Pictures
Age: Preschool through elementary
Time: An hour or more
Type of activity: Nature Arts and Crafts
Celebrate the coming of spring by creating "nature" pictures that will make great refigerator art.
· Powdered tempera paint (assorted colors)
· Craft glue
· Nature materials (flowers, feathers, twigs, leaves, stones...)
· Small mixing bowl, (one for each color of paint)
· Construction paper
What to do:
Step One: Take a walk outside and collect the materials that you'll use for your picture. Flat objects (like leaves, flowers, or feathers) will work best.
Step Two: Cover the area you'll be working on with newspaper in case of spills.
Step Three: Sift out any small rocks or shells from the sand.
Step Four: Put equal amounts of sand in each mixing bowl.
Step Five: Stir the powdered paint into the sand until you have the color you want.
Step Six: Lay the nature items flat on the newspaper. Carefully brush a layer of craft glue over each item.
Step Seven: Sprinkle the colored sand mixture on each item, using one color or a variety of colors.
Step Eight: Let the glue and paint dry.
Step Nine: Now, arrange your painted items on a piece of construction paper. Make sure to choose a color of paper that will highlight the colors of your items. Take time to experiment with the arrangement until you are happy with the design.
Step Ten: Carefully lift each nature item and put a drop of glue on its backside. Then, lightly press it back in place on the construction paper. Let the glue dry.
Hang your picture for friends and family to admire.
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