Drawing From Nature

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In this activity, learners draw natural objects to explore the details, differences, and similarities of natural objects. Learners investigate plants, seeds, pinecones, and other items from nature at two stations. At station one, learners trace plants on plexiglass. At station two, learners observe small items through magnifying glasses and draw what they see. [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on Archive.org.]

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Magnifying glasses
  • Tabletop easels
  • Plexiglass
  • Wet erase markers
  • Damp sponges
  • Plants
  • Paper
  • Colored pencils (browns, blacks, and greens)
  • Regular pencils
  • Erasers
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Seeds, pinecones, sticks, natural materials to draw


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Plants
    • Ecology

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Nature and Environment


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

Access Rights:

  • Free access



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