Combining Art and Nature for Preschoolers

Simple Ways to Make Art Happen in a Nature Based Preschool

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Simple Ways to Make Art Happen in a Nature Based Preschool

My little boys have instinctively loved the outdoors from the moment I can remember. I try to find options that are engaging and include things they love. Well, they love their backyard! The outdoor spaces that surround them offer the beginnings of exploration and adventure.

Combining Art and Nature for Preschoolers

What better way to combine their love of exploring the backyard and early creativity? Art + Nature

I love allowing their preschool education to be much about creativity and exploration at this age. It is fun, engaging, and simple. Some of my favorite attributes when it comes to education.

I am a huge fan of You Are An Artist’s  art activities. They create the most fun you can have with chalk pastels. I love that their art lessons are perfect for all ages, it’s a fantastic way to combine all of your children around the table at once working on the same project.

You can use The Backyard Nature Video Art Lessons and create an entire learning curriculum for your preschooler.

How We Use Backyard Nature Video Art Lessons

    • Explore. First things first, we head out to explore in the backyard or possibly a nearby trail and look for evidence of nature. I encourage my preschoolers to look, listen, and observe. We pretend we are nature explorers. Nature exploring is perfect for allowing them to pack a nature bag or backpack with a child safe magnifying glass or a bug box. Nature exploring is also an ideal opportunity to start teaching safety when observing. What they are allowed to touch and what things in nature might be dangerous of hands off and why.
    • Learn. We can plan a trip to the library and find books about things we see. Reading books about our finds extend the lesson and allow more time to learn about the subject.
    • Create. Onto more fun! Creating art with chalk pastels, the Backyard Nature Video Art Lessons include instructions for: dandelion, green anole, ant, chipmunk, hummingbirds at the feeder, and lightning bug (or firefly).

Backyard Nature Video Art Lessons

I have found that teaching these skills early on, help to cultivate a love of learning.

As a homeschool mom, I feel compelled to share with you how simple it is to use chalk pastels in your homeschool. We put the laptop on the kitchen table and grab our chalks, construction paper, and a pouch of baby wipes! Yep, that’s prep. That is it.

If we are using the dining table I just cover each workspace with butcher paper. Just in case right? Because preschooler’s can sometimes be a bit unpredictable!

The kids love it, and clean up is a cinch!

I encourage you to give them a try; I know you will love the lessons. Oh, and look out for Nana the instructor…you will adore her!


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  1. Amber Marie

    Thank you for all the wonderful ideas! I can’t wait to try them with my son.

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