“What are you doing?” I ask, settling by her side.
The sun warms my back. A cheeky rabbit runs toward us, stops, and changes his mind. Kayli gives Brody a swing push much higher than I ever would. And a truck grumbles along the busy street. She doesn’t notice.
Brow furrowed, lips pressed, (thankfully still tiny) fingers curve and shape a weed. It bends to her will.
She lays it down on the hot bricks beneath her and nods, satisfied. Even nature listens to my girl when she speaks her heart.
She repeats the process with a stick, a rock, a flower, another weed.
Up close, I see a focused girl entertaining herself. I’m pleased.
When I step back, I see an artist creating. I’m awed.
She’s made her name from nature’s gifts to summer, and in her eyes, to her.
I can’t think of a more golden summer pastime.
How to Create a Nature Art Project
- This activity is perfect for children who are starting to recognize their letters, and older.
- Sit with your child outside and point out letter shapes in nature. A stick shaped like an I, a rock like an O, a dandelion stem that can be curved into an S.
- Help her create her own name or initials.
- Once complete, either use a hot glue gun to glue her creation onto a piece of construction paper or a canvas, or photograph it, print it out, and frame it.
- One way or another, why not keep nature’s gift to her? It was made just for her, after all.