There’s a lot of fun stuff to find in the grass this time of year. Trees shedding seeds and pods, late flowers with their final blooms and leaves of all shapes and sizes.
To get in touch with what’s happening in the natural world and practice fine motor skills at the same time, try this activity at home!
Seed and Nut Collage
First off, head outside with a basket to collect small items that would fit well on a piece of printer paper. Look for:
- Small seeds
- Dried berries that aren’t messy
- Small leaves
- Fallen petals from flowers
*Note: If you can’t find these things where you live or prefer to purchase supplies, try a simple bird seed mixture. When you’re done, toss the seeds out in the backyard!
Next, take your treasures inside and wipe off any dirt or moisture. Set up a work space for your child with your basket of items and a white piece of paper.
Finally, choose nuts and seeds one at a time and place them on the paper to create unique designs! Glue them down if you’d like, or simply place them where you’d like them.
Carefully choosing seeds one at a time requires your child to use the pincer grip, or thumb and forefinger together. These fine motor skills translate to many areas of life, including writing with a pencil!
Enjoy your creative outlet again and again by storing the seeds and nuts in a container with a lid. Take them out for any craft project!
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