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Expressing creativity is something we can do with nature any time of year but Spring is a lot more fun for these activities.

Every April 22nd, Earth Day is celebrated world wide and that is something that is truly special! It is a day where everyone, no matter the place or race of Earth’s population takes the time to acknowledge and remember that we all live on a pretty incredible planet. It is one of the days each year that everyone celebrates something together. 

At this time, the world is also experiencing and currently coping with something that effects us all. It has been awhile since everywhere in the world has the same reason they are struggling together.

But, we have to celebrate the good days and remember what is special in our lives. Thankfully, we have life and that is because of the Earth. SO, let’s celebrate and use the things it gives us to show its beauty.

expressing creativity through nature

Expressing creativity with nature!

Every child has a different imagination and here are some ways we can facilitate it!

Step 1: Look around! What draws your eye?

Step 2: Let’s collect! Choose two to three materials from nature (a leaf, a rock, a flower, etc) and find five of each to gather.

Step 3: Sort them! Put each of the products into piles to sort them.

Step 4: Find a background! You can use grass, wood, a table, the floor of your living room to put your materials together on.

Step 5: Imagine! Think of something you’d like to produce. It could be a shape (circle, square, heart, etc.) or an image! Anything!

Step 6: Create! Put it together, use the materials you chose to make your picture.

Step 7: Take a picture!

Step 8: Put your materials back into nature! Place everything back to the ground, anywhere you want. The materials you chose were decomposable. Which means that it will live another life in the Earth if it is put there!

expressing creativity through nature
expressing creativity through nature
expressing creativity through nature

Take it one step further and create a nature mandala!

expressing creativity through nature
expressing creativity through nature

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Nina Semchyshyn

Originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Nina graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a BA in French Language, Literature Studies and the Certificate French Language Proficiency Program at McGill University. Currently, she studies public relations at Humber College. Her passion for working with children began at a young age through the Ukrainian community’s leadership program and coaching rhythmic gymnastics for the past nine years. Through working with students that have faced the difficulties of learning a different language, or the training hardships that her gymnasts faced, Nina believes that best practices come from learning resilience. Recognizing and understanding each student’s learning style and finding techniques to help guide them to their own personal and academic successes is a value that Nina believes will help promote the principle that education is a journey and she hopes to be a supportive influence of that.
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