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Get outside this summer! Fresh ideas for children from the Woodland Trust

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Art competition 

It's time to get creative!

Download and print our stag beetle or peacock butterfly colouring sheets and unleash your inner artist for a chance to win a brilliant bug box or butterfly house.

Second prize is a wonderful woodland pencil case.
Third prize is a marvellous minibeast swatch.

This nature resource for kids is a pdf document  Stag beetle colouring sheet  Download this resource from the nature detectives wildlife website  Stag beetle

This nature resource for kids is a pdf document  Peacock butterfly colouring sheet  Download this resource from the nature detectives wildlife website  Peacock butterfly   

Use brightly coloured paints, patterned paper, or even petals, leaves and bark to really bring them to life.

You can be as colourful and inventive as you like - check out some of these ideas and get inspired!

Super symmetry

Use your paints to create a sensational symmetry picture like this one:

Symmetry art   

Magical mosaic

Cut or tear up little bits of coloured paper to make a marvellous mosaic like this: 

Mosaic art

Tremendous textures

Make your minibeasts from scrunched-up tissue paper: 

Texture art

Remarkably realistic

Take your cue from nature and recreate a realistic creature:
Peacock butterfly photo   

Realistic art

Send us your pictures!   

When you've created your masterpiece, pop it in an envelope and send it to:

Nature Detectives,
The Woodland Trust,
Kempton Way,
NG31 6LL

Don't forget to send us your name, address, age and email address, so we can tell you if you've won!

The competition is open until 3 September 2015.

You can find the competition terms and conditions here:

Competition Terms and Conditions               


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