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This month Crusher is getting in touch with his inner artist with a creative project!  Crusher and Chompers are getting ready for Art on the River on November 20th- A free event open to kids and adults!  (Click the link to learn more and RSVP!)  http://www.spreeweb.org/artontheriver/

Have you ever found treasures in nature like a special rock, a pretty seashell, or a neat feather?  Sometimes it’s ok to take a small item home when spending time outside.  Finding different things in nature can help you learn about the world around you.

This month’s project is to create a treasure box for keeping all of the souvenirs you find on your adventures outside! (And a place to put all of your star sticks, seashells and trading cards from your SPREE field trips!)

What You Need

 
  1. An empty box.  This could be a shoebox or an old container of any shape or size.
  2. Materials to decorate your treasure box like markers, cut outs from magazines or newspapers, feathers, natural items, construction paper, or paint.
  3. Scissors
  4. Glue

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What You Do  
 
1. Create a collage on the outside of your treasure box using whatever materials you like.  You can try cutting pictures or words out of magazines, drawing with markers, painting pictures, or using natural items such as sticks, shells, or leaves.  Be creative!  See what items you can find around your home or outside in nature to help you decorate you box.
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2. If you are using any cut out materials, glue them all in place and let dry.
 
3. Once your box is all finished, go outside and explore!  See what treasures you can find to keep in your new nature treasure box!
 

Here are a couple of guidelines for collecting treasures in nature:

 

  1. As visitors in nature, we want to try and leave the places we visit looking just how we found them-if not better!
  2. While collecting treasures for your box, keep in mind that leaves, sticks, shells, or rocks can become homes for animals and critters, so take only your favorite item home with you and leave the rest for the animals to use as shelters or food.
  3. Instead of picking a pretty leaf off a tree branch, try and find one that has already fallen on the ground.

 

Happy exploring!

mary-01.jpgCrusher's Crafts are created by SPREE staffer Mary Palumbo.  Each month Mary comes up with a new craft that can be made from household items and found objects from just outside your front door.

 

Look on the left column for a complete list of all the crafts!