With spring well and truly in the air I though it would a good time to share this little post. We are enjoying some beautiful sunshine in our little patch in the UK.
Our little patch in the woods
I love finding ways to bring a little magic into our lives.
Here are some simple activities to be done in nature, that do just that.
This is one of my favourites. We make a little selection of Wands, and we leave them outside in a jar, ready to be grabbed for some magic weaving. Such a simple thing, but it can really spark the imagination. These are so lovely for role play..Or turning mama into a frog!
We decorate them with different yarns/ ribbons. You can go on a little nature hunt to find feathers etc.
For older children you can also incorporate tree identification. Discover each tree that you take the branches from.
Long before I became a little obsessed with making our wooden toys into mandalas, you would find me in the woods, collecting treasures to make into mandalas.
Mandalas are magical! They promote a grounded, meditative state. I find the whole process of mandala making can bring a sense of calm and peacefulness to the most wild and feral children! Ha!
It begins with the collection of natural goodies, and turns into a little nature hunt, as you go in the search for 5 red leaves, or 6 pine cones. There’s is so much learning to be done, so naturally, while doing these. It’s so great for all ages too.
Flower and leaf identification, colours, counting, shapes/geometry and symmetry. You could make a whole art lesson from this if you wished. Which leads me perfectly onto the next one.
The evolution of my mandalas!
This one is so much fun! All you need is some paper/paint and some string for tying.
Again, you will need to collect some sticks, to make some natural paintbrushes. This is another great learning activity for leaf identification. You will need to collect a wide variety of leaves/twigs. It is fun to experiment and find all the different paint patterns.
Collect spiky leaves, bushy leaves, wide leaves and tie them to the sticks with the string. You can also use pine cones and other finds dipped right into the paint.
You can use whatever paint you wish, as long as it’s non toxic….
I use watercolours or craft paint, usually a mix of both! You can take a sheet of paper, cardboard, or a piece of wood. I love this and it’s always a hit with the kids. We had so much fun doing this today….warning…it usually gets pretty messy!
I think the pictures are so beautiful….
I always try to create some balance, and makes sure we have activities that give something back to nature too.
Here is a lovely activity to give a little back….
This one is so much fun, and more than a little messy!
There are so many treats you can make for our little feather friends, but making pretty pies is one of my favourites.
You will need some kind of fat, lard, vegetable suet etc to bind all the mixture together and lots of goodies to add to it. Some ideas are dried fruit, oats, cereal and there is so many different seeds you can add too! We like to decorate them with a few flower petals.
Another simple feeder that is fun to make, are loop cereal threaded on some string. This is fab for hand eye coordination skills too, especially for little ones. They look lovely strung through the trees too.
I hope you enjoyed this little post, and hopefully feel a little inspired to get messy in the garden!
Thank you for reading