I just returned from a fantastic family reunion in South Lake Tahoe. Three of the five grandchildren were present and activities for the week included a hike at beautiful Fallen Leaf Lake. We got close and personal with chipmunks, a snake, and a Steller’s Jay which was quite bold in stealing cherries from our picnic lunch! The kids found sticks, went swimming in the lake, and enjoyed skipping rocks. I happened to bring a roll of wide masking tape with me so the children could make Nature Bracelets of the items they collected on their hike. Materials:
- Cut or tear a strip of the masking tape about an inch longer than the circumference of each child’s wrist.
- Wrap the masking tape, sticky-side out, around each child’s wrist.
- Go on a hike or nature walk.
- Encourage children to pick up anything they like (except live insects!) and stick it to their bracelet. They discovered that flowers, petals, leaves, dandelions, pine needles, pine cone scales, grass, and even small rocks stuck to their bracelet.
Suggestions & Variations:
- When you take a hike again, have the children collect only one type of nature item--leaves, flowers--or collect only items that are one color--green, brown, etc.
- As the children find items, have them arrange their found items in a pattern, i.e., one leaf, one rock, one flower, one leaf, one rock, one flower, etc.
- Have the children compare their bracelets with a friend. How are they the same? How are they different?