Creative Challenges for Curious Kids
Outset Publishing – November 2020
Scavenger hunts are fun.
Drawing is fun.
Put them together for ★ SCAVENGER ART ★
This unique art-based activity book includes 52 scavenger hunts designed to
encourage curious minds
develop drawing skills
Art is one of my most favourite subjects to teach, so I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to take part in the Scavenger Art One Day Blog Blitz.
Often, for both adults and children, the hardest part of drawing is getting started – sometimes it’s hard to know what to draw. Scavenger Art takes the pressure off by generating a starting point. With 52 prompts to stimulate ideas it’s not long before the creative juices start flowing and the illustrations on each page act as an additional source of inspiration. Each Scavenger hunt has a grid with 9 little boxes and the challenge is to fill each box with a different sketch that fits the theme. The book is divided into 8 sections, including My House, People, Eating, Nature and Animals and these then focus in on more specific themes, for example, insects, fruit, seeds, eyes.
It can be easy to rush through life without stopping to notice much. Scavenger Art encourages us to hone in on details we might otherwise miss – the veins on a leaf, the button on a pair of jeans, the patterns and textures of bark – and take time for ourselves in the present. I for one, find drawing so therapeutic and it was lovely to loose myself completely sketching and clear my mind of the endless To Do lists and pressures of everyday life.
Reviewing Scavenger Art has been a real family affair! My two children have literally been fighting over it, so they’ve each contributed some of their own art work (once I had reluctantly handed the book over after dabbling myself!) I think that’s the real beauty of Scavenger Art, that it can be enjoyed by all ages and in any order.
When I was drawing and shading my butterfly, dragonfly and bumble bee on the insects page, my son, 8, just sat next to me watching. It never fails to amaze me the awe and wonder created in my classroom when I model sketching, drawing or painting – the children absolutely love it. (I always think the Tony Hart Gallery music should be playing in the background – if you’re old enough to remember Hartbeat like me!) Art is no different to English or Maths in that the skills need to be explicitly taught. There’s so much to be gained from children watching an adult model the drawing process whilst they narrate the steps and Scavenger Art lends itself beautifully to adult and child working together.
We’re really enjoying Scavenger Art and I’m sure more family art collaborations will happen over Christmas – daddy hasn’t had a turn yet!
With thanks to Lexi and Rachel’s Random Resources for providing me with a copy of Scavenger Art to review for the 1 day Blog Blitz.
About the Author:
Lexi Rees was born in Scotland but now lives down south. She writes action-packed adventures brim full of witch-doctors, fortune-tellers, warriors and smugglers, combining elemental magic with hints of dystopia. She also writes fun activity books for children.
Her fantasy adventure, Eternal Seas, was awarded a “loved by” badge from LoveReading4Kids. The sequel, Wild Sky, is available now.
She’s passionate about developing a love of reading and writing in children and, as well as her Creative Writing Skills workbook, she has an active programme of school visits and other events, is a Book PenPal for three primary schools, and runs a free online #kidsclub and newsletter which includes book recommendations and creative writing activities.
In her spare time, she’s a keen crafter and spends a considerable amount of time trying not to fall off horses or boats.
Social Media Links –
Twitter: @lexi_rees or https://twitter.com/lexi_rees