How to Make a Sketchbook
Spring and Summer seasons always invite fun-filled outdoor play and exploration. Enhance your young child’s experience with nature by creating garden journal sketchbooks. This project is an activity that allows children to combine artistic techniques, visual aesthetic explorations, and literacy skills while being introduced to basic nature concepts.
The initial lesson focuses on the construction and decoration of the journal/sketchbook. Using printing methods, students will create individual garden themed covers. Then your child will get a chance to develop her fine motor skills by "sewing" the books together. The finished product will allow for extension and continuation into outdoor sketching activities and letter writing development. This is a great project to do with your child during those warm Spring and Summer months to get her outdoors and keep her mind active!
What You Need:
- Construction paper (enough for a cover, back, and at least three interior pages)
- Pipe cleaners (cut in half)
- Tempera paint
- Natural materials (i.e. leaves, flowers, twigs, acorns)
- Markers or crayons
- Hole punch