Each day as we walk through our community, I encourage the kids to be aware of their surroundings and be grateful to live in such a beautiful part of the world.
We only just moved to this area from an inner city suburbia just over a year. Not long after moving here, I made a promise to myself to not take our daily views for granted as they truly are beautiful.
We are spoilt with tree lined streets, beautiful gardens, parks littered through the streets, beautiful lakes and lots of raw nature areas all of which are boarded with tree covered hills in the near distance.
On our strolls, I try and get the kids to stop and really look closely at the little things that make up this bigger picture. We keep a magnifying glass in the pram for this very reason!
Over the last couple of weeks we have come to collect quite an assortment of different leaves, nuts and nature treasures on our walks. Today we noticed that this basket was close to over flowing so set up an activity to use these resources.
Using a couple of dots of blu-tak, we fastened some contact (sticky side out) to our back door. I purposely fixed them a little higher than eye level to encourage the girls to lift those arms, build up those gross motor skills and practise hand eye coordination at a angle they aren’t as familiar with.
With the morning sun shining through and recent memories of our morning walk for inspiration, the girls were stuck into that basket quickly. They were shuffling through examining the materials they had spent so much time collecting.
We started talking about the way the pieces felt, smelt, sounded as they were rifling through. Putting these sensory descriptions into context is a valuable way to build a child’s vocabulary and understanding of the words.
When they started to stick their selections to the contact, it didn’t take us long to discover that the rigid forms of our natural materials wasnt going to support our intentions for them.
The brief changed rather quickly. Rather than focussing on creating a little masterpiece, the amended activity was to find out which materials would stick and which would fall to the ground.
It didn’t take long before some squabbling started. Within a few minutes a strategy was formed and all was well in their world again – a perfect opportunity to create an emphasis on learning about compromise and considering the needs of others!
While the original outcome for this activity changed, I see it as a success!
The girls loved rummaging through the basket (and making a mess). Miss 4 has been inspired to use these natural materials to make other creations. I can’t wait to see them!
What are some things that you can be grateful for each day?
Dani D x
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