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The Big Book of Nature Art
Featuring twenty-two easy craft projects using natural and recycled materials, The Big Book of Nature Art is a fun and eco-friendly way for young children to connect creatively with nature.
From best-selling author Yuval Zommer,The Big Book of Nature Artis packed with easy art activities inspired by nature. Drawing on Zommer’s years of experience running art workshops for children,The Big Book of Nature Artincludes his tips for stress-free ways to get creative with kids and fun facts about the natural world.
Each of the activities can be achieved in four simple steps using natural materials combined with recycled or found materials from around the home. With a total of twenty-two art activities, each requiring no more than a five-minute setup and cleanup, the crafts are easy to completeand fun for everyone involved. The book also encourages children to see the creative potential in the natural and everyday treasures all around us—from twigs, seed pods, petals, and leaves to pencil shavings, take-out cups, toilet-paper rolls, and more.
Little nature artists will enjoy making paper-plate birds, leaf bugs, coffee-cup owls, tree-bark bats, and schools of seashell fish, as well as scenes for their creatures to dwell in, from watery worlds to underground tunnels.
A collection of inventive yet simple art projects that children can make from natural objects.
Zommer sensibly reassures readers that the objective is not to produce perfect work but “to connect with nature and let your creativity run wild!” All projects have only four steps; rule-breaking and independence are encouraged, but instructions are sometimes vague (“draw a bat”). Although most materials are natural (pine cones, leaves, flower petals), kids will also need some other common supplies like glue and paper plates—and googly eyes are a must. The colors of the finished projects are mostly subtle, with some pops from paint or paper additions. Cutout photos of the creations are posed against neutral or flat habitat backgrounds, giving them a three-dimensional feeling. Bits of scientific information, like the exoskeleton support of insects, supplement the art on each spread. Among other possibilities, readers can make seahorses, owls, turtles, jellyfish, snakes, fish, moths, birds, bats, and more. Finding an image of an ant 15 times in the book adds an element of play. Children are encouraged to glue their creations to paper and then draw an appropriate setting for them or display them in their own museum. The author urges readers to “forage” for “natural treasures” and to use recycled materials. Occasionally, projects require adult help, and scissors are involved in many options. These activities are perfect for summer and, with preparation, could be used in art classes.
Beautiful inspiration for observant amateur artists who love nature. (index)(Activity book. 6-9)
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