Simple Nature Weave for kids
Nature weaving is now one of our favourite quiet time activities that incorporates some fine motor practice for busy little hands and fingers.
There are so many things to love about this easy set up activity. All you need is a piece of card, scissors, some yarn and of course some nature to weave; a nature scavenger hunt is an excellent build up activity for this one. Kids can get excited about this craft as they get to weave the things that they have found in the garden or on a nature walk to the woods.
The day we did this weave, we headed out into our garden. Things are looking pretty bare as it's the end of winter, so it was slim pickings from our end. However, we really love what we came up with. It was simple but very pretty and allowed some discussions around the wattle trees and lavender in our garden. The wattle trees have beautiful leaf arrangements along their thin stalky branches and since we are approaching Spring; there was even some fine yellow flowery foliage to be found amongst the leaves. Our Lavender, of which we have an abundance, was not in full bloom; however we did manage to scavenge a few lavender heads of varying size, some even had a few little flowers.
For the weave itself. I used a square piece of cardboard, about 15 x 15 cm. You could totally go bigger on this but since we were working with limited finds, I decided to keep it on the smaller side. Using scissors, I cut small slits along two opposite edges; big enough to keep the yarn in place. Then it was a simple case of taking a piece of yarn, stating at one end of the card and wrapping it round and round the card, through the slits and securing each end with a piece of tape.
The kids then set to work weaving their plant material in and out of the yarn, using their fingers to manipulate both the yarn and piece of nature. There was much concentration. Some of the pieces of wattle were tricky to weave, and it was really neat to watch the girls overcome tricky pieces and helping each other out. We're really excited about returning to this activity again in Spring when our scavenger hunts will produce a real variety of finds.