The other day I was searching for some inspiration for a project or activity I could do with my Forest Friday group. I had a few thoughts but nothing was sounding really exciting to me at that moment. Then I saw Kelly’s post about nature bracelets and it reminded me that it was something I had been waiting to do with the group (trying to stick snow to tape did not sound appealing when I first came across the idea).
It is an activity low on supplies but big on fun. The kids (and parents) really got into it, even some of the reluctant older kids.
Here is what you need:
Yes, that’s it!
You simply make a bracelet with the tape so that the sticky side is out, then head out to collect and decorate as you go. I had both green masking tape and duct tape for the kids to choose from (most of them picked the green).
I went ahead and brought along some colorful card stock so the kids would have a way to display their bracelets once they were complete (and they were ready to take them off). Some of the kids even decided that they would rather just decorate the paper, so we taped tape sticky side up on their paper and they created masterpieces of collected nature finds.
It was very exciting to see the kids engaged and really keeping a keen eye out for what they could find for their creations. Along the way we discovered insect galls, spittle bugs, and even a bright blue flower that just did not belong in the woods (from a bouquet of store bought flowers at a picnic maybe?). We talked about the things that could be picked and things best left in the forest (pink lady’s slippers). The kids were constantly coming up to show me what they had discovered and added to their bracelets.
When we arrived home my son wanted to hang up his nature art so we decided to put it on the cork board.
I was having so much fun helping kids make their bracelets and attaching them to paper, all the while talking about what they were discovering along the trail, that I did not really get a chance to make my own. Everyone loved it so much I was inspired to go out into the yard and made one of my own design when I arrived home.
It was a lovely little meditation on the little things out back. I highly recommend it for you adults out there too!
For those of you who are interested in more specific details about how this activity engages kids, Kelly was a Montessori teacher and explains how this activity is done in her nephews Montessori School summer camp in her post here.
Try it and let me know how it goes!
I would love to see pictures in the Mud Puddles Facebook group!
P.S. Our Mud Puddles Summer Nature Camp starts July 6th!
Click on over to find out more about this online camp and how it can help you and your kids make nature study a fun part of your summer days!