This fun activity accompanied our week of Over in the Meadow. The children brought in their own box lid and assortment of natural items to share with the class. I had a basket of additional sticks, shells, and rocks just in case some of the children decided not to share.
The children first create a nature collage on their box lid using the natural items we had accumulated in the classroom. We left the table set up all day so they could return to it whenever they wanted to. Some even decided to add to it the next day even.
A few days later we set up an art table in our small classroom yard. A little bit of white paint was added to our colors to mute then a bit and help them pop on our natural items once they were dry.