Leaf Threading Play

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We love playing with what Mother Nature has provided us with. I often remind myself (and the children) to be grateful for living in such a beautiful part of the world surrounded by so much nature.We had some time to pass and with Miss 4s new found interest in accessorising herself I thought we would have a go at leaf threading.

Gathering Your Tools for Leaf Threading

On our morning walk we collected some thin sticks to use as needles. We secured some wool to our sticks with some tape, tied a knot in the end of the length of wool and we were set to start threading.

It was actually quite complicated. Fingers needed to be positioned in a certain way with just the right amount of tension before pushing the stick needle through the leaf to avoid tearing it completely.

After a few mistakes, Miss 4 refined her technique and happily thread herself a necklace just like the fairies might wear!

Educational Benefits

Although it looks simple enough, there were many skills being practised while completing this activity including

  • Hand eye coordination
  • Fine motor skills
  • Bilateral coordination
  • Problem solving
  • Resilience
  • Logical thinking
  • Creativity
  • Goal setting
  • Patience
  • Determination
  • Ordering a sequence of events

Our leaf threading was fun, engaging, inexpensive and Miss 4 was proud to wear (and share) a necklace she made herself!

Dani D x

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Dani is a busy mum, pre-service teacher and and founder of Play Inspired Mum. Her goal is to inspire creative play ideas, encourage the love of reading, offer tips to make your household eco friendly and remind you that you are not alone on this wild rollercoaster of a journey known as parenting! She loves houseplants, giant chunky cookies and all things play based, incorporating learning experiences into every day!