What You Need
- Easy-to-carry bag or container
- Collection of natural items (leaves, seeds, grass, sticks, feathers, etc.)
- Tape and clear contact paper
How to Do this Activity
Encourage your child to collect treasures during your nature walk from the ground in a bag or container — naming them together as materials are gathered. Bring everything home and lay the items out on the table (be mindful of choking hazards). Tape a piece of clear contact paper, sticky side up, to the table or another flat surface, such as the floor (on the floor, you’ll tend to have closer physical contact with your child). Work together to arrange the items he picked up outside on the sticky paper. When finished, adhere the sticky paper to a window. The light will shine through, illuminating the natural objects.
What Your Child Learns
This activity builds an appreciation for the aesthetic beauty of natural objects. Your child notices differences and similarities in each item and also learns to identify their names. Encourage thoughtful observation and questions as you work together.