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Nature Making - downloadable activities

Three activities to do at home and in your outdoor spaces.

Artist Mark Riley has created three downloadable activity sheets to help you explore your outdoor spaces and then get making. You can look at the activities on a computer, or other screen, or print them out and follow the instructions. Make sure a grownup helps you with the activities, if you are a young person.

Click below to download.


A Walk in the Park

Three fun filled family activities to try at home... you can make patterns with natural materials, meet the tree people and create your own journey sticks!

Download A Walk in the Park


Leaf Printing (Hapa Zome)

Hapa Zome, translating as ’leaf dye’, is the Japanese method of creating prints of leaves and flowers by smashing the colour out of them into fabric or paper.

Download Leaf Printing


Natural Inks

Make your own inks from berries, petals and plants, in this worksheet with three more activities. Try blackberry and elderberry inks, flower power pigments and cooking it up (making colours in the kitchen).

Download Natural Inks


A green background with graphic patterns and a photo of leaves and twigs. Text reads 'A Walk in the Park'.    A worksheet with instructions for leaf printing.    The title page for Natural Ink Making with text and graphics on a blue background. 


We want to enjoy our outdoor spaces, but not harm them. When gathering natural objects for our activities please do not pick wildflowers or pull leaves off trees or bushes. Use flowers such as daisies, dandelions, leaves and sticks that are found on the ground. If in doubt take advice from the Local Authority or landowner.

On your walk through a park or garden, get creative with natural materials and make patterns and pictures using natural objects! Summer is a great time to get out for a walk in our local parks. As well as a fun place to play and relax, parks are also full of opportunities to get creative!

Send us a photo of your work on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram @meadowarts (or ask a grown up to do it for you)