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::: nature makes the best canvas!

This week as the children wandered around the yard they noticed there were many sticks on the ground. Living in such a green belt we are very lucky to have beautiful, large trees in the playground here.

As the children collected the sticks they noticed how each one was unique in size, colour and texture … Unique being a new word for some of the children … A word they found quite amusing!

We had taken some paint pots outside that morning as it was such a glorious day and our young friend Jacob said he’d like to paint his sticks.

Naturally this caused great excitement amongst the other children and very quickly just about every last stick had been collected from the ground …

and the children were clamouring for the paint brushes.

Now, while this preschool is surrounded on three sides by a native parkland reserve, there are still only so many sticks on the ground at any one time soΒ it wasn’t too long before they were looking for a new type of ‘canvas’ to use …

The hammering log was just too good to pass up!

And from there …

they created …

A new masterpiece!

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10 Responses to “nature makes the best canvas!”

  1. I loved these ideas for creating in nature! I will definitely try them!

    ::: Have fun Maroula. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  2. Love this! So much learning and so much fun. It’s why I say “there is nothing you can do inside that you can’t do outside, but there are a thousand things you can ONLY do outside!”


    ::: So true Alec … SO TRUE! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  3. Karen says:

    Love it Donna! πŸ™‚

    ::: So do we! … Thanks Karen. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  4. Lesley says:

    It is so lovely seeing these ‘old friends’ from the archives. Thank you so much for sharing.

    ::: Thanks Lesley! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  5. Dana says:

    We had fun with this last fall. I drilled holes in an old log to hold the sticks.
    Your photographs are just fantastic!!

    ::: Clearly your children had as much fun painting their sticks as ours did Dana … Thanks so much for sharing your post. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  6. jackie says:

    Yesterday, we found a big stump like this washed up on shore when we were at the beach. The hooligans had fun climbing on it and jumping from it, but your post makes me want to mix up a bunch of paints and head back there and give it a makeover! Imagine how many smiles it would bring to people walking along the water! We may just do this before the weather gets too cold! Thanks for the inspiration. πŸ™‚

    ::: Now THAT is an irresistible idea Jackie! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  7. Kathy says:

    simply love it!

    ::: Thanks Kathy. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  8. Oh wow! How lovely – I think my blogroll is playing up – I don’t always seem to get notice of your posts and I’m always interested in the outdoorsy ones. Never mind, better late than never. Hope all’s well with you both.

    ::: Oh you’ve gotta love technology Juliet! … We’re so glad you caught us up!!! xx πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  9. Beautiful!

    We recently just painted on bark and timber too.

    :: Oooh Jackie … That sounds delicious! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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