Art in Nature with Air Dry Clay

I think I’ve mentioned previously that I’ve started to do a little voluntary work at Rabbit Ings, our local nature reserve. When I first started there the rangers told me there was an ‘Art in Nature’ session running in a few weeks time, and said they would appreciate any ideas/support that I could offer with this event.  What a perfect place for me to start.  Off I went in search of cheap, easy and colourful ideas to get the kids interested in nature.

Many eons ago I bought some air dry clay.  My intention was to use it in mixed media projects.  I did use a little of it, but it been sat on my shelf ever since, occasionally coming out for a little fresh air. I took my little batch up to Rabbit Ings, along with a rolling pin, pastry cutters, cocktail sticks, brushes and acrylic paints.  I had a short walk around Rabbit Ings to search for leaves, grasses, anything that would leave an impressing in the clay, and set about creating some examples:

Art in nature air dry clayI also created an information sheet with step by step instructions on how to make these.  If you would like a copy of the pdf just click the following link:

Art in Nature with Air Dry Clay

When the day arrived the kids and parents had a great time. They had an enjoyable walk with ‘Ranger Tom’ (every time I see him I have to chuckle to myself because inside my head I’m singing ‘Ground control to Ranger Tom, your circuits dead, theres something wrong, can you hear me Ranger Tom’ – growing up with Ziggy Stardust and Major Tom must say a great deal about my age) and myself, searching for suitable items in the wood and along the footpaths.  Once we were back in the Rangers hut the clay and paints were out and the kids were strainght into the crafts.  I’ so glad that there were other adults there to help.  I didn’t manage to get pictures of the finished products as the kids took them away when the left for the day, but I can honestly say that despite the fact that they went away with items which were of varying degrees of success (ouch) they all had a good time and went home boucy and happy!