It’s a fascinating experience to familiarise little children with their surrounding trees, forests and nature. Their curious and eager minds, eager to explore the unknown, motivates them to touch, feel and sense their basic surroundings. Little children are observant and look closely at the objects of interest, be it a little lady bug inside a coiled leaf or fine rock fractures.
Preschool is the best time to create and develop their love towards forests and nature. Their hands on experiences with leaves, rocks, mosses, barks, soil succour their inquisitiveness to feel and realise the texture, shape, size, hardness, softness, which further develops sensory skills and mindfulness.
Summers in the hillsides are the perfect time of year for appreciating beautiful lush green foliage and the plant diversity. The different shapes and sizes of leaves provide a plethora of opportunities for creative art projects. Children of early year childhood program captured the beauty of leaves in this simple art activity designed to bring the beauty of leaves in an outdoor learning experience.
Leaf printing is a process where a natural leaf is painted with colour and a direct impression of it is made over a material of the artist’s choice. Naturalists and researchers have used nature printing for centuries as a way to produce an image of nature that can be catalogued and preserved. These leaf prints are not only beautiful but also practical depiction of the basic learning about different leaf shape patterns and seasonal changes.
Nature is the best teacher. Activities like leaf prints are little steps towards safe and healthy future. They have truly said that a time spent in nature is never wasted. As today’s children are tomorrow’s future, the foundation of love towards nature and environment now, will create a safe, healthy and humane world for the coming future.
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