So, taking those criteria in to consideration, painting is one of our favorite activities. I get out the paints, the water, the paper, and we're ready to go!
While searching for alternative art activities I came across The Artful Parent blog. I. LOVE. THIS. SITE. (!!!) She has very simple, creative, fun ideas for kids of all ages.
Her summer art ideas include working with flowers in many forms. One in specific was flower printing with watercolors. Since Kesha has had the stomach flu and not wanted to leave the house we have been looking for projects, so I thought we would work with what we've got and try printing with the leaves of the herbs we have in the house. We had a lot of fun and it worked beautifully!
What we used
A set of solid watercolors
Index cards (you can use any paper you want to)
Paper to cover your table
A few sprigs of herbs from our windowsill boxes
Note: I do not buy my index cards here in Ecuador. I do not know anyone who has found them yet here in Cuenca. My mother supplies me with them when she comes or when I visit.
What we did
First we laid out a piece of paper to paint our leaves on, then laid our index cards over it for printing.
Next we laid out our leaves and painted on them with the color of our choice, making sure to cover as much of the item as possible with a good layer of paint. Then flip it over and pain the other side as well.
Then you lay your leaves on your index card, cover it with a second index card and press.
Open it up and you have your print!
Mix, match, and go wild!
For more ideas visit The Artful Parent. Such great ideas!
What are your favorite simple nature-related crafts?