“And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark breast
rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.”
This Nature Weaving Art Project is the perfect activity for a relaxing day in the garden.
Memories are made in the garden, on those sunny days spent exploring and creating. One of the joys of play is how much we can teach and learn while connecting with each and our environment.
Target Skills: Materials:
- Shared Enjoyment * Small branches cut into relatively similar sizes
- Exploring our Environment * String or twine
- Fine Motor * Flowers and Twigs
- Hand to eye coordination
Before you are ready to start your Nature Weaving Art Project spend some time collecting branches and flowers. encourage the children to make observations about the plants. You can make a scavenger hunt, too. Ask them to collect something green, something yellow, something that smells good, etc. Have the children sort the clippings into categories. Finding branches that are stable enough to make the frame will probably need an adult’s help but the children can help sort the branches by size.
Cut branches into similar lengths. There is no need to be exact. Match 2 similar lengths for each set of the sides of the frame. Attach 2 branches at a 90 degree angle by wrapping the twine or string around the branches in a figure 8 pattern. Involve the child in this as much as possible, this action works on crossing mid-line, visual tracking and fine motor all at the same time. Attach all 4 corners the same way. Then simply wrap the string horizontally around the frame. Be sure to tie off the end. Weave the flowers and stems through the strings. For a particularly aromatic version use fresh herbs.
Hang your Nature Weaving Art Project and Enjoy!
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