Temporary Art

Temporary Art Activity

Who needs paint, glitter, or crayons when you have natural art supplies right outside your front door? Help your creative kid appreciate our beautiful planet with temporary art, a type of art form that uses natural materials to celebrate the great outdoors.

What You Need:

  • Scenic outdoor spot
  • Natural art supplies: rocks, sticks, pine cones, flower petals, seeds, nuts, grass, leaves, driftwood, seaweed, etc.
  • Camera

What You Do:

  1. Spend some time appreciating your outdoor spot. Are you at a beach, a forest, or somewhere completely different? What does your child like best about her surroundings?
  2. Encourage your child to start hunting for natural art supplies. Remember, there are no rules. Anything from a dead tree branch to half a sea shell will work perfectly.
  3. Have your child arrange her natural art supplies on the ground.
  4. Help her brainstorm ideas for her artwork. Does she want to make her materials into something abstract or would she rather build a statuesque structure that looks like a family pet or friend?
  5. Let your child start making her masterpiece. Don't forget to remind her that she can go hunt for more materials as needed.
  6. Take a photo of your child's work. Since it's temporary art, a photo is the perfect way to remember what she created.
Updated on Jul 15, 2014
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