I Can Make Nature Crafts
Dave Jenkinson is a professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba and the author of the “Portraits” section of Emergency Librarian.
This book offers directions on how to produce very simple crafts that
are in some fashion nature related. While most of the materials are
readily accessible, a few ingredients, such as clay, acrylic and tempera
paints, wing/tail feathers, and “googly eyes,” will likely require a
visit to the craft store. Some of the natural materials, such as grass,
moss, dandelion stems, and fresh leaves, will be seasonally limited,
though the truly dedicated crafter may anticipate making “Cornhusk
Dolls” and keep some corn husks and silk about.
For each craft, straightforward step-by-step instructions are
accompanied by color photographs illustrating each construction stage.
Instructions identify when, for safety reasons, adult help is necessary,
and guidelines are provided for “Respecting Nature” when collecting
living materials. Although there is little new here for seasoned ECE
teachers, parents will find much of interest for those stay-inside days.