As the weather gets warmer, and spring transitions into summer, I'm taking Gwen outdoors at every opportunity I've got to soak up the sun and admire the blossoming of plants in parks and gardens.
We explore nature together and stop to pick up fallen leaves, twigs, pine cones etc. Gwen loves holding the little treasures from nature in her little hands, turning them here and there, feeling their various textures. With these souvenirs, I decided to make her something meaningful.
A Seasonal Nature Sensory Board!
This way, she could explore these wonderful items during those times that we can’t get outside, and I'll display the board in her play area so she could look at them and be reminded of our strolls in the park. I'm thinking of updating the nature sensory board every season too!
How to make a Seasonal Nature Sensory Board for Toddlers
- Find a moderately big board or piece of hard cardboard (I'm using a wooden crate from one of Gwen's Melissa and Doug toys)
- Use tape to stick the items your little one collected from nature onto the board
- Choose a prominent place to put the nature sensory board up at home (preferably play area)
- Keep the excess items in a container for your child to touch and explore at will
Engage Your Child in Nature Talk
When exploring parks and gardens together, take time to describe the different plants and animals you spot. This will boost language development.
For plants, talk about the various colours, shapes and sizes. If a fallen flower or leaf is safe to handle, pass it to your child so she can feel the textures and weights of the items for herself.
Note: Some parks do not allow any item to be taken out of them, so leave the nature's treasures where you found them so others can enjoy them too!
For physically active children who like to be on their feet running about, try activities like stomping on dry leaves or running around trees for a game of peekaboo!
I hope your child finds nature exploration a fun activity. Tell us your experience at miraculove_sg via Instagram Direct Message or Facebook Group.
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Hi! I am Yunnie. I am the newly minted mama to a little baby girl and a mum friend to everyone on this special (and many times scary) journey of motherhood. Also a graduated bride with a penchant for weddings.