Activity Introduction

Sometimes when you’re stressed or upset, it can be great to go and sit in a special place in nature that helps you relax. Do you have a place like this? Somewhere in your backyard, under a tree or near some beautiful flowers? Think about how it feels to just sit there and watch the world go by.

Your challenge today is to capture this special place in a work of art! Then you can hang it on your wall and enjoy the feeling it brings whenever you’re stuck inside.

This is a good activity for kids to complete independently.

Ideal for: Middle Primary Ages 7 – 9

Themes:

  • chill time
  • be creative
  • think and connect

Time required: 45 minutes

Curriculum connections: Visual Arts, Geography, Critical and Creative Thinking

Tips for Parents and Carers

This activity encourages children to take notice of the world around them. 

Photographs or internet searches of holiday destinations can be useful in providing stimulus for children who are determined to get their drawing ‘right’, but remind them it’s about what they remember and how the special place makes them feel. Encourage your child to be creative and take risks in their art. 

This activity can be a useful gateway to discussing with your children whether they’re feeling safe at school and at home, and to come up with some strategies such as meditating and calm breathing when they are feeling stressed and overwhelmed.

Lesson & Curriculum Details

Curriculum codes:

Complete lesson for classroom teachers:

CLIMARTE: Where is your special space in nature? – Years 3 & 4

Resources Required

  • Art supplies: coloured pencils, pens, paint, coloured paper, glue, scissors
  • White paper

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Worksheets

Student Worksheet

Drawing My Special Place In Nature - Activity Instructions

Sometimes when you’re stressed or upset, it can be great to go and sit in a special place in nature that helps you relax. Do you have a place like this? Somewhere in your backyard, under a tree or near some beautiful flowers? Think about how it feels to just sit there and watch the world go by.

Your challenge today is to capture this special place in a work of art! Then you can hang it on your wall and enjoy the feeling it brings whenever you’re stuck inside.

Step 1. Think about a place in nature that is special to you. It could be in your backyard, somewhere at school, the beach, a mountain you climbed, or somewhere else you went on holiday. Close your eyes and try to imagine being in this place. What can you see and hear? How does this special place make you feel?

Step 2. Create an artwork of your special place. You might draw or paint, or use paper craft and glue to make a collage. Try to fill the whole page with colour.

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