Monday, September 29, 2014

Autumn/Fall sticky pictures

During our Autumn/Fall nature walk, we collected some interesting natural items that we plan to use during our craft projects this month. One activity we had in mind was to create pictures using the objects, paper and glue. 
Not only were the resources in this activity free and readily available but, were interesting and created lots of discussion too.

Who can play?
As with all activities it depends on your child's age and stage of development however, I would recommend it for children aged 2 years onwards.

Due to smaller children exploring objects with their mouths there is a risk of choking due to small objects. Younger children will also want to put the glue in their mouth too so, I would recommend adult supervision at all times. 

What do you need?
1. Paper
2. Glue
3. Natural objects that have been collected on your nature walk.
3. Apron to protect clothing.

What did we do?
To set up the activity, I placed the leaves, acorns etc in a container on the table and a protective mat. As soon as Bee saw the natural objects she said "we collected them the other day!" I invited her to place glue on the paper and arrange the items as she wished. 
Bee loved squeezing the glue bottle and making swirls and patterns with the runny glue. She then selected her items and placed them on the glue.

We talked about the texture, shape and size of objects and developed spacial awareness and creativity when arranging the items on the paper. Bee even made a face out of some leaves, acorns and a twig.

What did we learn?
  • Communication and language- Talk about what they are doing and what they see and feel.
  • Physical development- Fine and large manipulative skills and coordination when picking up leaves etc and placing them onto the paper. Squeezing the glue from the bottle and hand-eye coordination skills.
  • Personal, social and emotional- Fun and enjoyment. Developing sensory skills. Making decisions as to what items they would like to use and pride from finished product.
  • Mathematics- Comparing and measuring leaves and talking about sizes. Counting objects that you place on the paper. Learning about spacial awareness and patterns
  • Understanding of the world- Change of state and talking about weather conditions and seasons. Developing an awareness of the world around them and their local environment. 
  • Literacy- Developing fine manipulative skills that are needed for holding writing tools and an opportunity to make letters out of the natural objects.
  • Expressive arts and design- Creating patterns and designing pictures with the glue and natural objects.

What next
1. The finished products can be displayed on the wall, for a fall decoration. This will give your child a sense of pride and make them feel important and like they are valued.
2. Take a photograph of the picture because, as time goes by items may fall off and this way you will have a copy of it forever.


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