Fine motor – threading leaves

Our living room looks out onto some pretty large trees and Lottie is fascinated with them.  They have a lot of ivy growing up them and so we collected a few of the leaves and made our own super quick and easy threading set.

I used a hole punch to make two holes in each leaf and then just wrapped the end of some wool with sticky tape to stop it fraying.

That was it! Our threading set was ready to go…

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Lottie only managed to thread the wool through one of the holes in each leaf but in time she’ll be able to thread it through both holes to create more of a garland effect.

Easy, quick and free! What more could you want!

Supplies and Suppliers:

Leaves

Wool

Hole punch

Sticky tape

EYFS links:

PD: fine motor skills

UW: plants

 

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Sensory bin – sticks and leaves and nature bits

Today we had a nature themed set up. We’d been for a walk in the woods recently and while we were there we collected some leaves, fircones and sticks. I put them together to create a very easy but entertaining sensory bin.

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My daughter loves her little peg people (more detailed post about them to come!) and so we made nature homes for them. I found a lovely wooden hamster house in our local pet store and I’ve been desperate to use it in something. Turns out the peg people fit into it perfectly!

We just added the collected natural items and some leaves for the floor. Oh and some adorable little crochet trees (handmade by myself – link at the bottom!).

Small world/sensory bin/tub nature themed, outdoors, peg people, crochet trees, wooden house, learn through play, early years

This was really easy to set up but kept Lottie amused for ages. Especially when she discovered she could take the roof off the house and see the peg people inside!

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We also had great fun using the sticks to push the fircones along the floor. We raced each other and Lottie loved it. It was great for developing her fine motor control (and a bit of competitiveness too!).

Supplies and Suppliers:

Assorted leaves, sticks, fircones etc

Peg people or dolls house people

Crochet trees: www.littlelottielouise.co.uk

Hamster house: http://www.petsathome.com/shop/en/pets/feature/woodlands-homes-tunnels/woodlands-pickles-cottage

EYFS links:

PD: sensory exploration, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, co-ordination, control

UW: imaginative play, exploring the world, plants