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    Fairies, Goblins and Monsters

    • Provide examples of fairy clothes like this skirt made from fairy image by David Paris from

      Any small, natural objects like twigs, moss, flowers, flower petals, rocks, leaves, ferns and bark are perfect materials to use in decorating fantastic, imaginary creatures. Heavy, card-stock paper works best for this project as it will stand up to the glue and to somewhat heavy natural objects. Encourage the children to use their imaginations to sketch figures or scenes with markers or crayons. Then the children can adorn the creatures with petal wings, curly moss-hair, bark armor, swords made from twigs and magic wands made from stems and thistles.

    Nature Scroll

    • Leaf rubbings or prints would work well on a nature scroll.leaf prints. image by samantha grandy from

      Using a brown-paper bag, each child gathers two sturdy sticks for the top and bottom of a scroll and a variety of other fallen natural material from a nature walk. The children can do this in a random way, choosing just what appeals to them. Or the teacher can assign themed projects such as only materials from one type of tree. Another possibility is to include leaves, bark and stems, or materials from the different parts of one plant.

      Back in the classroom, the students cut scrolls from the bags and attach them to the sticks by rolling the paper around the stick and either gluing or stapling the ends. The children can glue the natural material onto the scroll or use a combination of drawings plus the material.

    Pounded Flower Prints

    • Use flower prints as art hangings or as flowers image by Dumitrescu Ciprian from

      According to Family, children can't resist this technique for making lovely flower prints. Provide the children with cut flowers such as pansies, dandelions or primroses, to lay out in a decorative pattern on sheets of watercolor paper.

      To make the prints, the children cover the flowers with a paper towel, either one at a time or all together, and hammer them gently and thoroughly. Then they carefully peel back the paper towel now and then to ensure that the color is bleeding onto the paper. When enough color has been transferred, they lift off the paper towel and the flowers themselves with tweezers. After the prints are dry, spray the paper with acrylic coating. When the coating is dry, the children can draw additional decorative elements such as flower pots or leaves and can label each flower.

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