Take every chance you get to play outside! Catherine Sewell, Playgroup NSW's Playthinker in Residence, shares a great idea for some outdoor exploration.
- Leaves, sticks, feather (whatever you can find outside)
- A ball of wool
- Safety scissors
- Masking tape
1. Step outside and start exploring the outdoors. Instruct your child that your goal for today is to collect as many leaves, sticks and feathers as you can. Start your treasure hunt!
Tip: This is a great activity to discover your neighbourhood. Take a relaxing walk with your baby or toddler and discuss about the best places to look for your supplies.
2. Get your arts & crafts supplies out and be creative. Take a look at everything you collected on your treasure hunt and line them all on a table. Invite your child to choose their favourite nature gems.
Once you decide which pieces you are going to use, hang them all from a stick. Use wool threads or masking tape to connect them all.
The end result should be a nice piece of nature, perfect to cover a blank wall in your home.
Tip: Initiate the activity, but let your child be the creative master. Encourage and prompt whenever they need help and supervise their activity.