Monday, 23 January 2012

Land Art - Wooden Heart


There doesn't seem to be a day that goes by when we're not playing... with sticks! We've turned them into:

Wind Chimes


 Frames


Walking Sticks


 & many more creations. 

My little girl becomes quite attached to these sticks & often on nature walks she'll collect one or two along the way. Just as we're heading home there's the inevitable request that we take them back with us, the reason being "I really LOVE them mummy!" 

The other morning we headed out for a wander around a nearby park, it was a beautiful frosty, sunny start to the day, & almost as soon as we entered the park Minnie had found a couple of sticks!

As we walked along I was thinking about a project that Jamie from Hands on : as we grow is putting together to raise funds for the American Heart Association (AHA). She's designing a collaborative book with fellow bloggers & inviting them to submit a heart theme project for the book. As I watched Minnie strolling along with her sticks I knew our contribution had to involve something she LOVED, & the inspiration for our activity was in her hands!

Inspired also by the beautiful Land Art created by British artist Andy Goldsworthy we started to create a rough heart shape with more sticks. 


Minnie collected more sticks & began to fill in the shape. 


As she added the twigs she was exploring shape, length, weight & comparing & estimating which sticks would fit within the frame.


Here's Minnie's finished heart & the image we've submitted for the Heart Project.


Minnie's creativity didn't finish there though, soon the heart became a home as Minnie turned it into a bird's nest! She became a bird & flew around (running & flapping her arms) before settling herself in the middle of the nest for a rest! 


It was obviously comfortable as she laid back & pretended to sleep! Her bird play continued until it was time for us to head home, this time though only one stick came back with us. 

We left the heart just as Minnie had created it, ready for someone else to find & discover.
Maybe someone else will just look at it & ponder, maybe a dog will collect a stick from it, or maybe someone else will play with it. I wonder how this heart will touch other people?


This activity encapsulates the things we LOVE - outdoor play, playing with natural objects, exploring & creating, imaginative play, & sharing play with others.

The Heart Project Book will be published at the beginning of February & I'll be posting more info about how you can get your copy next week. If you're looking for creative inspiration to share with your children/grandchildren, & the chance to support an amazing charity at the same time, then this beautiful book is for you! Help us spread a little love & change lives too!

13 comments:

  1. How absolutely beautiful! I'm a huge fan of outdoor learning. in fact just getting out there, even on city pavements. Love your blog.

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    1. Ahh thanks so much Rach :) Yay for outdoor play, so much to discover!

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  2. Love the heart with sticks! Simply beautiful! We made snowy hearts here:
    http://www.thechocolatemuffintree.com/2012/01/snowy-land-art-hearts.html

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    1. Wow Melissa those snow hearts are gorgeous, & I love the idea of spray painting the snow - so creative!

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  3. What a beautiful idea! I love the idea of making art with nature!

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  4. Over at waddlee-ah-chaa,we are big fans of getting out in the world! What a fabulous day of exploration. I just love the heart. We might have to steal your idea!

    jeannine: waddleeahchaa.com

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  5. That is a GORGEOUS heart! And I bet whoever comes across it will smile happily all the way home!

    Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!

    Maggy

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  6. I love this what a great way to play outdoors! I know that if I had come across that heart sculpture it would definitely make me smile!

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  7. This is so beautiful. I didn't realize how large it was until I saw the picture of you little girl sitting in the middle of it.

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  8. I love your creativity as well as your daughters by turning it into a nest. So much fun. Thanks for sharing on Monday Madness.

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  9. This is so beautiful. My kids love collecting sticks, too. I love your daughter's creativity with pretending to be a bird in a next. Thank you for posting this. ~Julie

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  10. I love nature explorations, and your heart sculpture is awesome! It's great that there's so much learning involved along with an appreciation of nature. I pinned your post to my Kids' Valentine's Day Activities Pinterest board at http://pinterest.com/debchitwood/kids-valentine-s-day-activities/

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