Year 2 Art In Nature Activities

Covers: Activity Resources Relation to National Curriculum Downloads
Activity One - Land Art

Activity 1

Land Art

  • Ar1/1.3 to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • Ar1/1.4 about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work

Activity Two - Photography In Nature

Activity 2

Photography In Nature

  • Ar1/1.3 to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space

Activity Three - Colours In Nature

Activity 3

Colours In Nature

  • Ar1/1.3 to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
Activity Four - Leaf Printing

Activity 4

Leaf Printing

  • A4 / A3 paper
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Interesting leaves
  • Ar1/1.3 to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
Activity Five - Clay Moulds

Activity 5

Clay Moulds

  • Nature items for example:
  • rocks
    shells
    leaves
  • Modelling clay
  • Cutting board
  • Baking paper
  • Rolling pin

  • Optional:
  • Magnifying glass
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Ar1/1.2 to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • Ar1/1.3 to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
Activity Six - Drawing And Painting In Nature

Activity 6

Drawing And Painting In Nature

  • Nature journal / paper
  • Crayons / pencils
  • Watercolours
  • Paintbrush
  • Ar1/1.2 to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • Ar1/1.3 to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • Sc2/2.1c identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including microhabitats
Activity Seven - Music In Nature

Activity 7

Music In Nature

  • Xylophone
  • Variety of sticks of different sizes.
  • Wind chime
  • Variety of sticks, scissors and string.
  • Drum
  • Variety of nature items including sticks, rocks and leaves.
  • Mu1/1.2 play tuned and untuned instruments musically
  • Mu1/1.4 experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the interrelated dimensions of music
Activity One - Land Art

Activity 1
Land Art

Practical Resources:

Relation to Curriculum in England:

  • Ar1/1.3 to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • Ar1/1.4 about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work

Downloads:


Activity Two - Photography In Nature

Activity 2
Photography In Nature

Practical Resources:

Relation to Curriculum in England:

  • Ar1/1.3 to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space

Downloads:


Activity Three - Colours In Nature

Activity 3
Colours In Nature

Practical Resources:

Relation to Curriculum in England:

  • Ar1/1.3 to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space

Downloads:

Activity Four - Leaf Printing

Activity 4
Leaf Printing

Practical Resources:

  • A4 / A3 paper
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Interesting leaves

Relation to Curriculum in England:

  • Ar1/1.3 to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space

Downloads:

Activity Five - Clay Moulds

Activity 5
Clay Moulds

Practical Resources:

  • Nature items for example:
  • rocks
    shells
    leaves
  • Modelling clay
  • Cutting board
  • Baking paper
  • Rolling pin

  • Optional:
  • Magnifying glass
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes

Relation to Curriculum in England:

  • Ar1/1.2 to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • Ar1/1.3 to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space

Downloads:

Activity Six - Drawing And Painting In Nature

Activity 6
Drawing And Painting In Nature

Practical Resources:

  • Nature journal / paper
  • Crayons / pencils
  • Watercolours
  • Paintbrush

Relation to Curriculum in England:

  • Ar1/1.2 to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • Ar1/1.3 to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • Sc2/2.1c identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including microhabitats

Downloads:

Activity Seven - Music In Nature

Activity 7
Music In Nature

Practical Resources:

  • Xylophone
  • Variety of sticks of different sizes.
  • Wind chime
  • Variety of sticks, scissors and string.
  • Drum
  • Variety of nature items including sticks, rocks and leaves.

Relation to Curriculum in England:

  • Mu1/1.2 play tuned and untuned instruments musically
  • Mu1/1.4 experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the interrelated dimensions of music

Downloads:

Suggested Resources

How do I use these activities?

Encourage your child's creativity and love for nature by engaging in a fun painting activity using leaves, sticks, and other natural items. This activity is a great way to explore the colors of the outdoors and get your child's imagination flowing. Take pictures of their creations and make your own land art for an added element of creativity. This resource aligns with the National Curriculum of England's Art, Music, and Science aspects, making it a well-rounded educational activity. Don't forget to check out other year two topics for more great curriculum standard activities for your home or classroom.

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