Last summer I shared about making nature bracelets and what a good time we had doing it with the Forest Friday families. They are so simple and engaging!
Last Friday we made fall nature bracelets and I was thinking about ways to take this project a step further for nature study when one of my Forest Friday kids mentioned that she wanted to identify everything on her bracelet. Of course! (Kids are so awesome!) While we talk about the things they are putting on their bracelets as they go, they might not remember everything and it would be great to have not only the bracelet but a visual guide to their discoveries.
In the past we had taped the bracelets to paper and displayed them on our cork board. Taking that to the next logical step, my daughter and I labeled the bracelets we later made at home collecting nature specimens from around the yard (because making my own bracelet during Forest Friday is a hopeless endeavor – I am having so much fun making discoveries with the kids).
Now that we have done it at home I am so excited to share this next time we do it as a group. I think the kids are really going to love having their nature finds identified (and maybe have a few mysteries to linger in the wonder of their minds until they do solve the mystery).
These bracelets are so simple the impact can be deceiving, but they are fun and even addicting for some (mom and dad you will not be able to resist making one of your own).
What you need:
- sticky tape (duct or painters tape)
- card stock (we used half sheets)
That is it!
I told you it was simple!
To make the bracelet:
To make your tape into a bracelet wrap it around the wrist with the sticky side out and secure the ends together.
As you walk along the trail collect things that attract your attention. You can simply put them on the bracelet any which way or you can be a bit more artistic about it and attempt a design. It is totally up to the creator!
When you finish gently cut the bracelet off at a good spot (it is not always where the two end meet so ask the kids where they want the cut).
Use some more tape to attach the bracelet to the card stock with room on the top and bottom for labelling.
Label what you already know, then grab the guides and you are off!
If you can’t find the answer you might ask the kids who they know that might be able to help them learn about the specimens on their bracelet. Is there an elderly neighbor that is a gardener and might know what the flowers are? Do you have a natural history museum nearby that might have someone who can help? Would grandma know? Maybe a group on the internet could help (like the Mud Puddles to Meteor Facebook group).
Have fun with this and let me know if you make a nature bracelet, or two, or three. I would love to see them! (You can also share them in the Mud Puddles Facebook group linked to above.)