24 Jun Nature Memory Cards
Playing games together can bring so much joy to a family. Whether it’s monopoly, snakes and ladders or a good old-fashioned game of memory. It can be even more rewarding if you’ve made the game yourself as it can be played for years to come.
Art can be a powerful form of mindfulness – as we paint or softly colour a sketch, we find a sense of calm. We have time to think. When done together as a family, we are absorbed with matters the most – a sense of togetherness. Of love. Of belonging.
Not only does nature-inspired art channel creativity but can also ignite imagination, curiosity and provide a thirst for knowledge. And when combined with a hand-crafted game for the whole family to enjoy – it creates an atmosphere of joy, laughter and pride.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
- 6 slightly thick x A4 sheets of paper (if painting, watercolour paper is preferable but not a necessity)
- Ruler and pencil
- Coloured pencils and/or watercolour paints with brushes
- String or ribbon
- Go for a wander in the backyard or neighbourhood and collect, or be inspired by, nine natural things (or how ever many pairs you’d like to do).
- Using your ruler, divide your six A4 pages into four and cut them (you should have 18 cards)
- Draw or paint your natural items. They need to be drawn twice to create a pair. You can do this as a family (the results will be fun and different).
- Write or find another create way to label your natural item (there are some great links to literacy)
- On the rear of your cards, decide on a theme and devise a consistent pattern. Or as optional step 2 you can paint or draw a pattern on all six A4 pages before cutting them.
- Once finished you can tie them with string or ribbon to keep them together (or make your own box).
- It’s time to play!
This activity can be done in many different ways. You can choose different themes such as shapes; fruit and vegetables; the beach; a national park or botanic garden; or something completely different. You can even cut out a picture if you don’t have the necessary art supplies. Either way the process is a fun and interesting way to create something special and long-lasting together. On rainy days if you are looking for inspiration consider getting a copy of our book Where Birds Sing and Wildflowers Dance that features almost 700 watercolour illustrations.