Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Howe do you do... art in nature?

This year, the National Trust is running Project Wild Thing - an incentive designed to reconnect kids with nature.

The project outlines 50 things to do before you're 11 and 3/4 with the idea of ticking them all off. They range from camping out in the wild to making a mud pie, bringing up a butterfly to making a raft.

Number 18 on the list is: make some wild art

As the weather continues to surprise and baffle us, we thought we'd continue in our wild romping... well to the library anyway as it was nearly fine o'clock.

Here's our effort...

Our first job, and Minnow's favourite bit, was the scavenging for colourful bits and bobs to include in our masterpiece. Astride her trusty bubble bike we set off, with pre-requisite basket on the handlebars to stow our loot (N.B. no plants were harmed in the making of this blog post).

I did wonder at this time of year if we'd find anything worth using but how wrong I was. We walk past this stuff every day, how does it go unnoticed? (Actually a 3 year old cycling next an A road will probably do it.)

Then Minnow spotted a gorgeous feather, sleek and glossy like Black Beauty's coat after a hard gallop along the shoreline. By the time Minnow's feet dangled two and a half feet off the ground, it was clear that the crow hadn't finished with it... we had to let it go. 

There were two further alarming incidents with some chewing gum and some dog poo but we got through it.

Here's our plunder:

Not too shabby if I say so myself. 

So here's me, getting stuck in...

... and here's Minnow wishing she had some glitter...


A few leaf lip antics soon loosened her up a bit...

That's the spirit!

And here they are, the finished products...

Top marks all round!

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