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Making beautiful art using leaves


After our Foggy Forest Walk collecting Nature Little N came home and enjoyed some Nature Sticking using everything she had been busy collecting.

Tip: If you are planning to do this activity I would advise you to do it the day you collect your leaves before they dry out too much and become too crispy.

Here is what the invitation for play looked like today. I included a magnifying glass which Little N enjoyed looking through to see the leaves up close. I offered two glue options PVA with a paintbrush and a prick stick. She found it much easier and much more enjoyable using the PVA glue.

She dipped her paintbrush into the glue and spread it over her paper. She seemed a little puzzled as there wasn't much of a colour showing. This was her first experience with glue so it may have been a better idea to have used black paper.

She then selected the leaves, twigs and grasses we collected on our Foggy Forest Walk yesterday and pressed them down into the glue. At times she would explore the lumps of PVA that had fallen onto the paper with her finger tips. She did a great job of pushing the leaves down into the glue.

Here are her lovely creations.

Learning:
- Decision Making
- Fine Motor Skills
- Sensory Exploration
- Interested in the marks they make
- Shows an interest in texture
- Concentration (rigid attention)
- Responds to simple instructions
- Confidence to explore


Extending this Activity:
As Little N is currently enjoying collecting things in her basket so much I intend on going on another Woodland walk with her very soon and introducing some leaf rubbing's with wax crayons on our return home. This of course can be done outside but Little N is so excited when she is outdoors, she enjoys exploring too much to take in and try this at the moment.

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