Today is our first Nature Makes Monday and I thought I'd start off by sharing a simple idea to help your little ones collect natural materials when you are out and about.
Grab an empty egg box and fill it with the treasures you find. The seperate compartments are great for collecting different bits and pieces and you can use the lid section for larger items. Many children love sorting and categorising and the egg box shape is perfect for this.
You could bring home the things you find and use them for a nature collage or weaving. Older children could make observational drawings or take photographs to help keep a record of the different things that you find.
Ava and I have been egg box treasure hunting a couple of times and what's great is that we always find something different depending on the time of year and where we are. Over the next few weeks I will be sharing ideas using specific natural materials but sometimes its nice to just get out there and see what you can discover.
PLEASE BE CAREFUL WHEN PICKING AND HANDLING UNKNOWN NATURAL MATERIALS. SUPERVISE CHILDREN TO ENSURE NOTHING IS EATEN AND WASH YOUR HANDS WHEN YOU ARE FINISHED.
If you have a go at finding your own egg box treasures then do share your images using #NatureMakesMondays.
You can also follow the Nature Makes Pinterest board for lots more nature inspiration.
Happy hunting everyone!
The idea for the egg box treasure hunt came from @posyandpetal who has a beautiful Instagram account. Do go and take a look!