Aloha Art - The Wonder of Plants
May 6, 2020
“If I had influence with the good fairy…I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life.”
- Rachel Carson, The Sense of Wonder
The human sense of wonder is fully awakened in the child. We can serve the celebration, preservation, and cultivation of this sense of wonder by facilitating experiences for the child to freely explore and create.
A simple and much loved activity to do just this is to collect and create art with plants. Take a walk in nature, perhaps in the forest, a park, a garden, or even your backyard. Bring along a basket and invite the child to collect leaves, plants, flowers, or whatever calls to their spirit. When picking living plants model thanking the plant and Pachamama (mother earth).
Once you return home give the child a large piece of paper and liquid glue (I recommend pouring some into a bowl with a stick for spreading). With young children model spreading some glue on the paper and placing a plant on top. You can model mindfully selecting pieces of plants, for example a specific petal from a flower. With older children you can invite them to create a picture or design with the plants.
Extension: This art activity pairs well with an exploration of the parts of flowers. If you are interested in a Parts of Flowers lesson plan please connect with me.