The Nature of Crafts

Ahead of time, spread the puzzle pieces on a sheet of newspaper. Use any color spray paint to spray the pieces a solid color. If you have various colors of spray paint, spread out more puzzle pieces and spray with different colors. Let dry.

Take campers on a nature walk, asking them to look for small leaves or flowers. Dry the leaves by placing them inside an old book. (Or if your camp has a flower press, by all means, use that to dry and press the flowers.)

After a few days the leaves should be stiff and dry. Give each child a cardboard frame along with a handful of painted puzzle pieces and dried leaves.

Show children how to glue a leaf to each puzzle piece. After the glue dries, glue the actual puzzle pieces in a random pattern around the frame as a decorative border.

Have some extra decoupage medium available? Paint over the puzzle pieces to give a shiny finish. Parents will proudly add their children’s photos to these hand-crafted frames.

Silvana Clark has over 20 years experience helping thousands of children create arts and crafts projects. (She thinks the dried paint under her fingernails might start a new beauty trend.) A frequent speaker at camp and recreation conferences, Silvana is also a spokesperson for S&S Worldwide.

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