Early June is the perfect weather to spend time outdoors with your little ones. Your kids will be so intrigued by the blooming flowers and leaves of spring reappearing after the long winter. Along with the numerous rainy days we’ve had, it will be so refreshing to spend time outdoors. Before the extreme heat strikes, take advantage of the weather to do some outdoor activities with your kids! By closely examining outdoor objects, this project also will teach your little one more about nature and the world around them. Your kids will love being able to look and touch flowers, plants, and other items found outdoors. Because they usually do not get to play with these outdoor items, they will find it especially exciting. This arts and crafts project is a simple yet entertaining way to spend these next few sunshine-y, late spring days. And, it gives you a fun and creative art piece, filled with the great memories of creating it.
Outdoor Arts and Crafts Sun Prints
Cotton cloth base to paint on
Outdoor objects- flowers, leaves, sticks etc
First, go on a walk with your child and collect objects! This is the most fun part. Pick flowers, leaves, or pick up anything you think seems interesting.
Wet the cotton cloth sheet so that it is completely wet. Once the cloth is still wet but not dripping, lay it flat on the ground. You can also place a towel or tarp beneath the cloth to make sure the paint doesn’t stain the ground if you are working on your driveway.
Then, paint your cloth whichever color you want. You can have fun with this! With your kids, you can mix colors, create a pattern, or just paint it a solid color. It is recommended to use acrylic paints as they show up the best on the cloth, but any paint will do. Remember: the darker color the paint is, the better the print will be.
Next, place the objects onto the painted cloth and leave them in the sun to dry. Make sure your objects are lying flat on the cloth for the best results.
After a few hours go back and check on your prints. Your kids will love removing the objects from the sheets and seeing the prints left behind by them.
Finally, enjoy your art piece! Take it inside and admire your work. You can use this as a tapestry and hang it on the wall. Or you can create the cloth into a pillowcase or stitch it with others to create a quilt. The possibilities are endless!