Finally – it is beginning to feel like September outside! The weather was so beautiful this weekend that I spent heaps of extra time outside enjoying it. This is the time of year booming with many family friendly outdoor festivals and things to do, not to mention the opening of Klyde Warren Park next month! The Park is next door to the Museum and will have an abundance of things to do – a Children’s Garden, Reading and Games Courtyard, and even a dog park, to name a few. The Park will have partnerships with many DFW organizations, including the Dallas Museum of Art. It is so fun to think about making art outside in a beautiful natural setting.
With a few short months of weather that isn’t sweltering hot, before it gets too chilly – why not bring art-making outdoors?
Here are some ideas to get you and your family started!
- Shadow collecting – search for shadows outside on your driveway or sidewalk and use chalk to trace the shadow. Or, use large paper and have fun tracing the shadows of family members! Find more shadow collecting and nature ideas at Flower Child: The inner ramblings of a not-quite flower child.
- Sidewalk chalk! Drawing characters, creating words, hopscotch, tic tac toe…the possibilities are endless! Check out Domestic Charm for a great DIY liquid sidewalk chalk recipe.
- Nature Scavenger Hunt – Enlist kids to sketch what they find in nature on their hunt, or check out I Am Momma Hear Me Roar for a cute way to recycle egg cartoons for various nature collections. Counting Coconuts has some very fun ideas about what one might need on a ‘searching for nature’ excursion.
- Make a Gnome Home or a Fairy Garden – think of all of the magical creature who inhabit our gardens and parks! Why not make your own? A garden is always much happier and better taken care of with the help of some friendly gnomes or friendly fairies. Find a sweet story about pine cone gnomes along with a tutorial on how to make your own on We Bloom Here. If fairies are more your thing, Momfluential has an extremely comprehensive list of all things fairy garden, including what you can collect from (mostly) nature to make your own.
Posted by Amanda