M has a “nature basket” that he just adores. Anything interesting that he finds outside is lovingly placed in his nature basket. Quite often it’s mainly full of leaves and I empty it every once in a while (he doesn’t seem to notice). This time, however, it had lots of really cool things in it – a group of leaves still clumped together on a stem, several pieces of bark (he’s taken to sawing the bark off of our fire wood), some maple seeds, and some tiny pinecones. I decided these were keepers and set up an art activity for him one morning.
Here’s what we used:
His nature basket, an egg carton, and some playdough that we need to use up so we can make a new batch.
(As an aside, this playdough has been around since Valentine’s Day – seriously! And it is still in perfect condition! I am loving our homemade playdough. I know I posted our recipe at sometime… I’ll have to look for that link!)
M was really excited about this project, even more so than I expected him to be. He rolled small portions of the playdough into balls and set them inside the egg carton sections, pressed them down a tiny bit, and then stuck his nature treasures into the playdough:
We didn’t have enough playdough for 2 of the sections, so he decided to leave the two sections in the center empty. We've noticed he's very symmetrical with things like this - is that odd for a 3 year old?
Here’s what his final product looked like:
And the view from the side:
M was very proud of it, and I absolutely love it! It looks so neat sitting on a table in our breezeway.
Have a beautiful day! :)
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