Fingerpainting the Moon: creating with a simple leaf
Last week I posted an activity that my 5 year old and I did together from Susan Schwake’s book Art For All Seasons. When my 8 year old got home from school he wanted to do one too, so he looked through the book and picked a Nature Journal activity inspired by artwork by Susann Foster Brown.
I am giving away a copy of this book. If you would like a chance to win your own copy, please comment and tell me what creative activities you like to do with kids. I loved hearing what other people do- gave me some ideas!
I don’t know what it is with my kids and not following the instructions, but they always both decide to deviate. Which in the end, I think is a good trait. It shows creativity, right? It is frustrating though when I get stuck in my head that they need to do it a certain way and they are not listening, but as my son reminds me, “but it’s my art, not yours, and I want to do it my way”. True that. He decided that he wanted to not just draw his leaf, as per the instructions in the book, but also to trace it and then to do a leaf rubbing with a crayon.
What her big brother does, she needs to do as well.
I just love how these turned out! I like the fluidity, the bright colors and the general playfulness. I also like their handwriting in the painting.
It’s been such a treat to be part of this blog tour as I’ve been really lagging in my Fingerpainting the Moon series of posts! Now that summer is here and we will have more free time, we will definitely be dipping into this book for some ideas.
You have until Thursday night, tonight, midnight eastern standard time to leave a comment to enter for the giveaway. Thanks for playing along and good luck!