Creative and Fun Nature and Art Challenges for Your Child

Do you have children who love spending hours upon hours outdoors enjoying the wonders God has created? Do you have sketch artists who write on anything that is blank? Well, whether you answered yes or no to those two questions, one or both of these challenges may interest your child and provide a fun and new addition to your curriculum for the school year. These fun art and nature opportunities are free to participate in and may be done from the comfort of home or by just stepping outside. They are also for all ages, from toddlers to adults.
Outdoor Nature Hour
Barb, a homechool mother of four, started the Handbook of Nature Study blog to record and share the nature studies she and her children did using the book Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Comstock. What started as a simple way to archive their studies has grown into a wonderful resource for homeschool families as they pursue a nature study in their classrooms.

Through what she calls “nature challenges,” Barb has created a free study using the book Handbook of Nature Study as a resource, which you can go through with your children to learn about the great outdoors during anytime of the year. There are more than 50 challenges available. Although they are designed to use in any order you choose because of the different climates participants live in, you may want to at least start here and follow through in order with the first couple of challenges just to have a sense of how everything flows.

Sketch Tuesday
Calling all sketchers, children and adults. Yes, adults may participate too in this weekly art assignment, which gives you the opportunity to create through drawing. Sketch Tuesday is another creative idea from Barb, who is also known as Harmony Art Mom from her website Harmony Fine Arts where she offers art and music appreciation curriculum.

Jennifer Smeltser writes for HomeLife Academy blog. HomeLife Academy is an official private school serving thousands of home educators. For more of Jennifer's articles, visit the Homeschool Roster.

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