Make a nature mandala

How to use foraged finds to create outdoor art

What do you need?
  • A collection of nature finds that you might find on a walk. Below are a few ideas. Try to collect a lot of each type so you can create a regular pattern:
  • Chalk (not essential but useful if you have it)
  • Stones
  • Leaves
  • Petals
  • Twigs
  • Grass cuttings
  • Acorns
  • Pine cones
  • Shells, seaweed or driftwood if you’re on the beach.
  • Other interesting things you might find on your walk

As with any activity, they will need an adult to help them

  • How many can do this?
  • Will suit what age?
  • How long does the fun last?

This is a wonderful activity to fill a day in the great outdoors. It encourages kids to explore and interact in the natural world through hunting for interesting foraged finds before creating their very own work of art.

Step 1
Step 1

First of all get armed with buckets or bags and go out foraging. Take inspiration from the list above but go with what you find. If it’s Autumn, gather a collection of colourful leaves or if you’re on the beach be inspired by shells, stones and seaweed.

Step 2
Step 2

Next decide where you are going to create your work of art. If creating on a hard surface, it can be handy to give the kids a start by chalking out a pattern that they can arrange their gathered finds in. Encourage the children to look at the symmetrical patterns in nature (flower petals, spider webs, leaf skeletons) to help them engage and give them some further inspiration.

Step 3
Step 3

Now start to arrange your foraged finds in a circular pattern – see picture. It’s useful if an adult starts or even sets out the pattern the first time you do this, to give the kids an idea of what you want to achieve. Alternatively, set them and their creativity free to develop their own nature mandala.