The beauty of summer is here and gone so quickly. A great way to preserve some of its magic is to paint, draw or photograph the things you find in your yard. In our yard, daylilies are a burst of color that greet us early in June and are gone by the middle of July. Take the time to admire them each day as they bloom and create something to remind you of their beauty during the cold, colorless winter months.
Before painting or drawing, encourage children to take a close look at the object. If it is a flower, point out the parts of it. Talk about what colors are seen in the flower. Talk about the shape of the leaves and the thickness of the stem. Ask your child what colors they will need to recreate it.
It is important to remember that it does not matter what their creation looks like. It may be an inspired rendition of a daylily or look nothing at all like one. The value is in observing what is around them. Noticing colors, shapes and functions of the things they find in nature will hone observation skills. It will force them to compare and contrast. It will force them to question and appreciate. Below are three different renditions of daylilies in our yard.
- Killens Pond State Park in Felton, Delaware
- Using nature to introduce simple graphs