The HIN Art and Nature Collection

Inside on a rainy day? Stressed out late at night or having a hectic evening with kids? Here are some quick suggestions for some nature inspired art activities to embed nature into your daily indoor routines !

Stay creative and inspired with HIN printable Sketch Art

As a reminder of HIN’s mission to #GetOutside and stay thinking about nature throughout our daily routines, check out HIN’s nature inspired art activity. Just download and print the sketches and color them in or further draw to create personal creations that are unique to you! – Don’t forget to tag us on Facebook or Instagram using the hashtags #HINProject #GetOutside #Humaninnature so we can see your fun creations and support for our HIN mission.

Activity idea for kids: Arts and crafts using natural materials

Inspire creativity and foster children’s curiosity about being outside. As a bonus, these materials are free!

  • Natural art and craft materials: e.g., sticks, twigs, leaves, flowers, rocks, shells, feathers.
  • An opportunity for children to learn about nature; teach names of flowers, plants, bugs, or animals.
  • Venture outdoors and notice small details in ones surrounding outdoor environment.
  • Nature findings can be used as drawing prompts, tracing, or picture collages!

Inspiration behind HIN printable Sketch Art

The Wildlife Trust’s nature engagement campaign: 30 days Wild, encourages people in the United Kingdom “to value nature more highly during their everyday living” (Richardson & McEwan, 2018). Participants interacted “with nature every day for one month”, and were provided with suggested activities for daily self directed nature engagement (Richardson & McEwan, 2018). The four main activities were categorized as noticing:”e.g., take a moment to watch a butterfly”, sharing: “e.g., sharing experiences and feelings via social media”, doing: “e.g., pro-nature behaviours such as leaving a wild are in the garden”, and connecting: “e.g., nature based arts” (Richardson & McEwan, 2018). Results showed sustained and “significant increases from pre-participation baseline to post-participation for nature connectedness, health, happiness, and conservation behaviors” (Richardson & McEwan, 2018). These results also provided additional support for work showing that “engagement with nature’s beauty is emerging as a key factor in the positive relationship between nature connectedness and well-being” (Richardson & McEwan, 2018).

References

  • Richardson, M., & McEwan, K. (2018). 30 Days Wild and the Relationships Between Engagement With Nature’s Beauty, Nature Connectedness and Well-Being. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, n/a. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01500

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