11.7.11

Nature Mobile

Making art with what you have is one of the most important 'lessons' I hope to instill on my monkeys.  Really it translates to how to have overall happiness in life and keeps creativity flowing. 
I love making art out of recycled objects, found objects and the gifts nature provides
While we were in Colorado we had the opportunity to go for many walks in the forest.  We often found  fallen trees and so one day brought a hand saw with us to cut some branches.  We also collected cattails, pine cones, twigs and rocks.  No living things were harmed in our artistic process.
The original idea was to make nature mobiles using a few basic tools.
After collecting more branches then we could ever use we cut specific lengths:

My oldest monkey had the idea of making a marionette- instead of a mobile.
The monkeys had loads of fun sawing, hammering and tying knots.



They loved the final result:
This is what 'Steve' the marionette looks like sleeping, covered- in the mudroom:

Questions to consider while creating:
What materials are we using? Where do they come from?  What kind of tree?
What is recycled art?  Found object art?
Great opportunity to go over how to safely saw wood, hammer nails.
Could this be considered a sculpture? (yes- it is three dimensional art)
What is kinetic art and is this kinetic art? (sure- it moves and can be moved).
Check out more than 20 other Farts and Crafts projects we've made.

What are your favorite Farts and Crafts to make using nature? 

35 comments:

Elisa said...

what a great idea. I love that your 'monkeys' take part in your art projects. I love steve! and what a beautiful scenery. colorado is such a pretty state isn't it?

Brissa said...

i love this idea! these memories will be treasures for your boys when they are older.

Shari said...

Great pics from those monkeys of yours! I love that it was during the kids' pajama day, too!

dotblogg said...

they look great! and I love Steve!;)
hugs
J.

Jenny in Ohio said...

so cute!

Jacqueline H. Vo said...

you are such a wonderful environmentally friendly mamma!

Courtney said...

Great idea! And what a beautiful environment to do it in :)

Ana Degenaar said...

This is so smart! I adore the idea!

Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl said...

Wow, this is a serious project here! So much work done! Great job everyone :)

Erika Lee Sears said...

It's amazing what you can think up with easy materials. :)

Lenore @ Lather. Write. Repeat. said...

That's so cool Ren. I just how you experience life with your boys. And I too am a huge found of found goodness in nature so I love this project!

XO
Lenore

Pearl said...

Rusticly cute and cutely rustic!

:-) Fun project.

Pearl

Hannah {Culture Connoisseur} said...

Love it! I made my own paper out of natural leaves and flowers once...that's about it. :)

The Barefoot Crofter said...

Great project! We loved Steve - and your yellow boots - you know that makes you a Crofter! xx

Kristin H said...

How wonderful!!! They are lucky to have YOU as their mother!

the nyanzi report said...

i just love this post. lovely way to spend time with family doing something creative and fun.

the nyanzi report said...

i just love this post. what a lovely way to spend time with family doing something creative and fun.

shopgirl said...

I love what you're teaching your children and they're having so much fun and learning from it. I'm afraid there's not too many trees out here in my neck of the woods, but I'm always picking up rocks and taking them home to write on and use as paper weights or decoration even.

p.s. thanks so much for your supportive words!

Krystal said...

oh my gosh, you guys rock :)

Reina said...

oh my gosh, i remember when i was in elementry school and my nature obsessed friend and i 'built' a for out of snow in a little grove of pine trees on the edge of the playground. Earlier in the fall, we'd take fallen bits of bark and widdle away a little hole and pretend we were native americans making a bark necklaces. And i remember this one small branch that had fallen off and it was quite light and we started poking at the side and this foamy stuff came out and so i hollowed it out completely and started to widdle away holes at the top to make a flute.
And then i think it got lost in our snow fort ):
anyways, yea, i just saw all the sticks and it reminded me of my escapades with sticks ;D
sweet marionettes ;D

Gabbi said...

Love the way you bring nature and crafts together Ren... wonderful photos and share!♥

la petite coquine said...

What a clever craft, and such gorgeous results! Like a little bit of the outside in!

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

Oh what a fabulous idea! So crafty :)

Ninjagaiden78 said...

That is so cool.
I love how your children are doing something constructive instead of playing with "today's" toys.

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Clair said...

Such a great idea. Your boys are
so involved in the project and the results are cool. Sleeping Steve is adorable!
Love your ideas and the energy behind them. Your are a super MOM!

jacqueline said...

Dearest sweeet ren, such beautiful view and an awesome idea! I really love how everyone participated in this project! YOU are so inspiring and amazing! Have a lovely merry happy week and love to you!

Crystle said...

Way cool! And lovely scenery. Can't wait to get to the mountains myself!

Luna said...

Just fantastic! I love your commitment to this kind of thing!

akiko hiramatsu said...

Thankyou for comment ♡
and,, Congraturation you are No.100 follower.
I'm glad.

Nice wood toy!!
It looks so cute..

Catherine said...

What a great Mum you are to keep your boys inspired in such a natural way. I love your art activity, perfect to keep those creative minds active and give them great skills too. Thank you for the inspiration. :)

P.S. I'll post the coconut cake recipe this week for you, I just haven't quite done any baking but hopefully tomorrow.x

Valarie said...

These are great Marionettes. O calls arts and crafts, Arts and Craps. ;) Happy Birthday to your little monkey. Hope you all enjoyed the day.

Vintage is for Lovers said...

What a great idea! I am so putting this in my files!! We have been collecting sticks and wrapping colored yarn around them . . . xo Samantha

sherri said...

that is awesome! and that photo of you with your monkey in your lap while he is creating, is just beautiful.

Brooke @ Let Kids Create said...

You and your monkeys are so amazing! I love that he wanted to make a marionette, it is fabulous. Thanks for linking up again at Monday Madness!

Laura @Art For Little Hands said...

I know I have seen this post before. I love it so much. The pictures are wonderful and your kids are so cute.

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