- Collect or invite students to collect natural materials (twigs, rocks, pinecones, leaves, etc.) and place them in a basket that you will add to an art area. Provide additional nature pieces to offer a variety of items for children’s exploration.
- As they look, feel, and manipulate, children will discover the world of nature is exciting and filled with endless opportunities for exploring and discovering.
- Encourage creativity by adding twist ties, green floral Styrofoam, pieces of cut string, glue, and other binding materials in the area, as well.
- Let children explore these materials to try to build sculptures or forms using several objects from the center.
- Tell me why you chose the materials, or found objects, you used in your sculpture.
- When you paired different objects together, did they look like or remind you of anything else (a memory, a different object, etc.)?
- How did you get your objects to stay together? How did you get it to not topple over?