This week’s theme for the Wonderopolis’ Camp What-a-Wonder, is Craft-a-Palooza. I found several books at my local library that combine nature and crafting.
Look What I Did With a Leaf by Morteza E. Sohi
This book is all about collecting leaves of different colors, sizes and shapes and creating art with those leaves. Included is a a section that describes the different shape and sizes of leaves you will want to be sure to collect and what you might use them for. In the back of the book is a “field guide” that tells where you can find certain leaves and what colors they turn in the fall.
I can’t wait to use this book with Wonder #47 Why Do Leaves Change Color in Autumn?, go on a nature walk and collect many different sizes. shapes and colors of leaves and then create some art work.
Nature Crafts for Kids by Gwen Diehn and Terry Krautwurst
There are some fantastic crafts and ideas for kids, using nature and natural resources for kids. Some of my favorite ideas are, fish kites (p. 24), wild flower candles (p. 41) and a nature kaleidoscope (p. 58). The nature kaleidoscope goes perfectly with Wonder #594 What Is a Kaleidoscope.
EcoArt! by Laurie Carlson
This is great book filled with arts and crafts made from natural resources or recycled materials. Some of my favorites are a twig picture frame, a seed mosaic wreath and an animal track paperweight, which goes wonderfully with Wonder #479 Do All Animals Leave Tracks?.