Pulling this post up from the archives for you today friends, as it is my first day back in the classroom so I have been busily preparing! I will be teaching one day a cycle and otherwise home with my little ones – an incredible balance that I am so fortunate to have.
I wanted to re-share this post though, as it is a fabulous one for little collectors – Fall Leaf Sewing! I hope you enjoy it. Happy Tuesday!
With our fourth rainy day in a row, we could no longer take the indoors! We ventured into the woods for a nice nature walk. It was only drizzly and in the woods it was hardly noticeable. But we did notice how cold it is getting! Madeline announced today (our meteorologist) that we would be getting snow tomorrow … mid-October snow? Canada…
We brought some pipe cleaners into the woods with us, because today – I had a plan. A long time ago I found this picture on Pinterest of threading leaves onto florist wire. It was by Living in the Land of Chocolate. My Sammy is such a collector I knew he would love this activity!
Instead of florist wire I brought pipe cleaners – and they worked very well. Sammy had a wonderful time ‘sewing’ the leaves onto his pipe cleaner. Having the leaves slightly damp actually made this activity easier, as they didn’t crumble as dry leaves would. And, Mama didn’t have to carry a basket or bag at all!
Sammy would hunt for the perfect leaf before poking it onto his pipe cleaner. This was very funny to watch, as some of the leaves he selected looked far from perfect to me! But, beauty is in the eye of the beholder I suppose.
We were in the woods almost an hour, collecting and admiring and ‘sewing’. Perhaps it was because this activity helped my wee ones to be quiet, or perhaps it is the season, but either way we saw so many animals in the forest! We saw at least 20 chipmunks gathering and nibbling, squirrels climbing and scurrying, and heard so many birds. We even saw a Woodpecker pecking away busily.
I asked Sammy if we could attach another pipe cleaner to it to make a necklace, but he had other ideas. He wanted to hang it with his Facial Tissue Ghosts he made yesterday, during rainy day number three.
This was such a simple and easy way for Sammy to explore and collect Fall leaves independently. I am always looking for nature walk ideas for kids – so if you have any I would love to hear about them!
Looking for more nature walk ideas for kids? Check out this great one with playdough!