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Express and harness the power of creativity by engaging with your surroundings to create pieces of art. This activity will enable participants to authentically immerse themselves in nature by identifying the beauty in our surroundings and designing crafts that reflect this, whilst simultaneously furthering their environmental knowledge and appreciation.
10:00 meet at the Park
10:15 walk along the park to our selected spot
10:30 activity introduction
10:45 collect our materials
11:30 start our creations
12:30 groups sharing
This event is designed with the Greensteps triple focus method to achieve the following aims:
Direct aim: Identify the different elements of our surroundings, including plants and other forms of wildlife, as well as creating a piece of art that encompasses this.
- Fine motor skills: manipulate small objects
- Language: English terminology for plants and items in our surroundings
- Creative ability: using innovative ways to collect resources to create pieces of art
Comprehension: identifying and recognizing aspects of the environment
Practice: feeling and observing nature
Observation: plants, insects and the environment we will work in
Collaboration with peers to collect resources
engaging with guides to absorb information
Perceive one’s own state of mind in a natural environment
Creating a final piece independently
About Green Steps
At Green Steps we have made it our mission to connect children with nature and develop environmental knowledge. We believe that learning must be fun and as educators, we nurture the curiosity to explore the outdoors. We believe a change in our behavior towards the planet starts by understanding the process that maintains life on it. This change starts when we become aware and responsible for our intimate connection to nature. We teach hands-on natural sciences using the outdoors as a playground and laboratory.
At Green Steps we have further developed the Montessori Method and apply it on nature education. We have designed a triple focus curriculum, which builds simultaneously intrapersonal, interpersonal and ecological intelligence. Instead of forcing children to study indoors, we facilitate learning outdoors. Chinese proverb pins down our learning approach when applied to nature: Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; let me do it and I’ll understand.