|Scavenger Hunt (pic is of Portland)|
We started out the day reading the Curious Garden by Peter Brown, and talked about how nature can be found in cityscapes. This book fits nicely with Portlander's sentiments because we are known for garden rooftops and green living. Then after a surprise lunch with Daddy at the shipyards it was off to the big city! The goal was to find natural thinks in a concrete jungle. Some of the things on our hunt was a flower in a sidewalk crack, birds, leaves, trees, puddles, seeds, and evidence of animals. In downtown Portland there are quite a few park spaces, but I purposely took "A" where we wouldn't come across them. It took some searching but we found everything but a seed (we went home and researched that Pine Cones can't be considered a seed). The great thing about the Urban Nature Scavenger Hunt I found was it also asked thoughtful questions like: Close your eyes and see if you can hear any natural things among the city sounds, take 20 steps and see if they were all concrete and where the nearest grass is, and (my fave) if you were a rabbit where would you sleep tonight. Of course, we also had lots of fun finding Curious Gardens of our own. "A" even discovered wind turbines on a skyscraper-nice find little man!!!
|Weed trying to sneak through a grate|
|Boys in Downtown with Max in the background|
|Do you see the wind turbines on the skyscraper in the back?|
|Roof Top Garden (Curious Gardens)|
|Flowers Blooming in a Concrete Jungle|
|I love this city!|
To finish up the Urban Nature Study I wanted to do an art project at home. I was really excited to do this one, so I made had to make one myself. My brother use to be an architecture major and had this fun stamp kit that makes buildings out of shapes. When he switched majors I got his castoff. Now this kit is pretty advanced! It has a book of ideas but it is not for the faint of heart. That being said the things you can make are endless, and I am excited to use this many times in the future for art work at home and in the classroom. "A" and I got busy building a city scene, and "A" was content creating for some time. Then we drew nature in the urban landscape because as we now know- nature is everywhere if you are just patient enough to look.
|"A" making a city using the stamps|
|My city with book of ideas and kit in background|
|My finished Urban Nature scene|
|"A" proud of his masterpiece (I'm pretty proud too)!|