Creating Art in Nature
From the Series Nature Heals
In this book, early fluent readers will learn about the healing power of nature through creating art. Social and emotional learning (SEL) concepts support growth mindset throughout, while Try This! and Grow with Goals activities at the end of the book further reinforce the content. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text engage young readers as they learn more about increasing focus and practicing mindfulness in nature. Each book also includes sidebars, a table of contents, glossary, index, and tips for educators and caregivers.Creating Art in Nature is part of Jump!’s Nature Heals series.
|Grade 2 - Grade 5
|Blue Owl Books
|Number of Pages
Nature Heals - Reviewed by School Library Journal
Now that we are all plugged in and cooped up, a series on healing and unplugging by connecting through nature is just what many need. The series is heavy in calming scenes, and the images share much of the information and, as such, express a sense of inclusion through the depiction of diverse abilities within each selection. There is also so much to do in these titles from physical activities like yoga and birding, to thoughtful activities such as creating a collection of nature drawings and journaling about feelings. While not using the buzz words, these titles incorporate relaxing eco-therapy practices such as forest bathing through comfortable STEM activities for younger readers. VERDICT Gentle mindfulness tips like breathing and unplugging help guide actions to the connected social and emotional learning goal for the title.
Creating Art in Nature - Reviewed by Booklist
This Nature Heals series entry (8 titles) for early fluent readers focuses on the benefits of getting creative inspiration from nature to aid social-emotional learning (SEL). The book begins by defining SEL for parents, then asks them to discuss with their kids how nature can inspire art forms. After the kids have spent time creating in nature, they can discuss with their parents how they felt about the experience. In addition to types of art and mindfulness tips, the book offers ways to handle emotions. Goals and tools in the back matter enhance the book’s purpose, as do its sidebars and weblinks. Although activities are only mentioned generally, without instructions, kids will still be inspired by the cheerful color photos and by the idea that nature can improve their emotional wellbeing.
— Sharon Rawlins