Put those colouring pencils down! Today you’ll colour with nature instead!
I’ve been wanting to use more natural products in our play and activities at home and decided to start slowly by providing an animal template for the girls to use as a guide for our colour with nature project. It’s a simple activity that can take anywhere from ten minutes to 30 (depending how much they get into it). Here’s what we did today.
First, we collected some nature offcuts.
Then, we glued our off cuts onto these templates (free downloadable templates below). It was lovely to see a collage of natural colours and textures on the page rather than drawn on crayon or pencil.
This activity was not only great for fine motor skills but we also compared the real body covering of animals (which we’ve looked at before) to the nature we’d collected. The grass and fern leaves that Miss Possum collected mimiced kangaroo hair and the clover really did look like turtle scales.
These templates are free to download here (click on the picture to download). There’s one condition. You must use nature to colour them in. No pencils allowed!