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Beautiful Art Activity for Kids in the Outdoor Classroom


When was the last time your kids had a truly creative outlet to express themselves? As parents and teachers, we understand that our children have so much beauty and creativity inside of them – yet it can often be difficult to channel these energies in meaningful ways.

Today’s world is so focused on technology-based activities or other short-lived forms of entertainment. Whether you’re teaching an outdoor classroom or looking for something special for your little ones to do at home, this post presents a delightful art opportunity: beautiful nature-inspired art!

Through this activity, kids will experience how even the simplest materials from their environment can be combined into something eye-catching and fun. Plus – it’s an incredibly enjoyable family project when done together! Read on for all the details!

Nature-Inspired Art Activity for Kids

This art and nature activity for kids combines art, nature, and movement. We painted with petals and glue. The materials give children a different kind of tactile and fine motor experience. Plus, this activity takes children outside where learning is always at its best.

Finally, this art and nature activity for kids can be adapted to all seasons. The only difference is the type of materials you’re able to gather for the project at a given point during the year. Enjoy!

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Art and Nature Activity for Kids

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  1. Go outside to collect dried petals, leaves, cones, needles, grass, whatever you can locate to crumble or tear up
  2. Crumble or tear up collected materials
  3. Place materials in a bowl
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  1. Mix glue (you can add Mod Podge like we did and/or paint for fun!) and “canvas” of choice (paper, card stock, cardboard, etc)
  2. Dip the brush into textured glue and paint away
  3. Allow time to dry & display
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“Nature is not only all that is visible to the eye… it also includes the inner pictures of the soul.”  

Edvard Munch

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More Outdoor Art Activities for Kids

Engaging in outdoor art activities can be a fun and creative way for kids to explore their imagination and enjoy the beauty of nature.

Nature Scavenger Hunt and Nature Art Collage

Take the kids on a nature scavenger hunt to collect various items like leaves, flowers, small rocks, and sticks. Once they have gathered their materials, provide them with a large piece of cardboard or a canvas and some glue.

Let them create a beautiful nature collage by arranging and gluing the collected items onto the surface. This activity allows kids to appreciate the textures and colors of nature while creating their masterpieces.

Sidewalk Chalk Art

Grab some colorful sidewalk chalk and head outdoors to the driveway or sidewalk. Kids can use the chalk to draw pictures, create hopscotch games, or trace each other’s shadows. This activity not only allows for creativity but also encourages physical activity and social interaction.

Bubble Painting

Mix some non-toxic paint with bubble solution in various containers. Provide the kids with bubble wands or bubble blowers. Instruct them to blow bubbles onto large sheets of paper or cardboard.

As the bubbles pop, they will leave behind beautiful splatters of color. This bubble painting activity is a unique and exciting way to create abstract art.

Outdoor Easel Painting

Set up an outdoor easel (you can make a DIY version with a large piece of cardboard or canvas attached to a sturdy support) and let the kids paint with watercolors or washable tempera paints.

Painting outdoors provides a different sensory experience and allows children to be more expressive with their art.

Nature Sketching

Encourage kids to observe and sketch the natural world around them. Provide them with sketchbooks, pencils, and colored pencils.

Take them on a hike or a walk through a park, encourage them to find an outdoor sitting spot to call their own, and have them choose interesting plants, trees, insects, or birds to draw. This activity helps kids develop their observation skills and artistic techniques while connecting with nature.

Remember to prioritize safety during outdoor activities, especially when using art supplies or exploring natural areas. Also, consider the age and skill level of the children to ensure that the activities are suitable for them. Have fun and enjoy the creative process together!

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