Discovery and explore creating with natural materials

We like to bring nature into our classroom as much as possible.  There are so many opportunities to learn, create, and explore with natural materials.  And the best part is, most of these items can be found free right outside your door…

Creating with natural materials by Teach Preschool

Incorporating natural materials into the painting process is fun and easy!  We like to take nature walks or go on scavenger hunts to gather our treasures.  Once we have a wide array of treasures, we can add them to paint, mix it all together and voila!  You have nature paint

Creating with natural materials by Teach Preschool

We can also sort our treasures by color and then neatly arrange them on a canvas.  If we add paint, we can create these beautiful drip-drop nature paintings

Creating with natural materials by Teach Preschool

I don’t know a child who doesn’t love to pick dandelions!  Once they have bloomed and all that is left is the fluff, it is the perfect opportunity to try dandelion blow painting

Creating with natural materials by Teach Preschool

When the leaves are falling off the trees, we enjoy reading Lois Ehlert’s “Leaf Man.”  Here is a fun way for children to create their own leaf man

Creating with natural materials by Teach Preschool

Or how about a leaf man puppet

Creating with natural materials by Teach Preschool

No matter the season, these simple mosaics are an interesting and beautiful way to create with seeds…

Creating with natural materials by Teach Preschool

Rocks are also a great material to use in all types of play and discovery.  But you can also create with them.  The book “You Be You” by Linda Kranz provides excellent inspiration for creating colorful rocks

Creating with natural materials by Teach Preschool

Those colorful rocks or just plain ol’ regular rocks can be used to create some Rockin’ drawings

Creating with natural materials by Teach Preschool

Discovery bottles are the perfect vessel for natural materials.  When exploring birds nests, we gather nest building materials and add them to these nature bottles

Creating with natural materials by Teach Preschool

Acorns added to a bottle also make for some really fun sensory shakers

Creating with natural materials by Teach Preschool

Natural materials make for excellent art inspiration!  Seeds, sticks, leaves, rocks, flowers, or other items you may find in nature make great easel starters

Creating with natural materials by Teach Preschool

Now it’s your turn!  What are your favorite ways to create with natural materials?  Scroll on down and join theDiscover and Explore linky fun!

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By |2013-10-22T23:00:11+00:00October 22nd, 2013|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.

One Comment

  1. Anne-Marie October 23, 2013 at 7:39 am - Reply

    I love the leaf man and leaf puppet! When I go for a walk with my niece I pick up leaves and hand them to her in the stroller and we talk about the color of the leaf and if it’s big or little… and now we can make a leaf man when we get home from our walk!

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