Have you ever wished you could find a use for those colorful sample cards found in the household paint aisle? Well, they’re not just for choosing colors for your walls anymore!
Greetings nature, colors, photography and scrap-booking! This is a neat project that is perfect for the kiddos who love to be outdoors in nature, with a camera.
You’ll need: paint sample cards from your local hardware store, or paint store, a camera, pages for a scrapbook, and glue. *The photographs will need to be printed in order to make a little scrapbook.
What to Do: Invite your child to join you on a “paint-card picture walk”. Go to the hardware/paint store and pick out paint sample cards that are in colors that might match your surroundings, or your local park. Greens, yellows, browns, reds? The colors of rocks, of wildflowers? What do you have living outside around you? Collect some of the cards to bring home.
Grab the cards, and a camera, and take a great big nature walk (a lovely time to bring a picnic lunch along!). The object is to find things in nature that match the colors of the cards. Not exactly matching, of course, but of a similar color family. The child will take photos of the plants, rocks, trees, etc. This is great fun!!! *I took a moment to remind Captain know that we were not going to print ALL of the seemingly hundreds of photos she took, but that she could choose 20 of her favorites to create a little scrapbook. Kids take their photographs seriously, and I think it is best to let them know, ahead of time, that there are limits.
After the walk, review the photos with your child. Captain was excited at the dinner-table that night to share her experience with her dad. After the selected photos are printed, a scrapbook can be made with the paint cards displayed on a page with the photos, perhaps a little writing about what is in the photos, and Captain even suggested that we find some of the featured plants and flowers to press between waxed paper (under heavy books) to add later!
“These colors don’t match, but don’t they look nice together?”
Captain’s colorful photos of a dog bone on granite and wildflowers
The creative skies are the limit when arranging pages for the scrapbook. The colored cards can be pasted side by side, or in a fan-pattern, with the photos over the top etc. Each project is unique to the child who creates it. Oh yes! You can take these picture-walks more than once and keep adding to the scrapbook. What a sweet way to let loose the creativity, spend time observing nature, and have a neat memorable keepsake!
I got the idea for this project on Education.com. They offer tons of great project ideas, sheets and activities for kids of all ages.
If you go on a picture walk with your kids, we would love to hear about it here on Kartwheels!
Thanks for reading.