After a bit of rain, Art in the Park is back! Last week, we made wreaths with the colorful leaves that have fallen recently. Eight children showed up with their caregivers on a beautiful Autumn day for this activity. The children brought leaves and other outdoor objects that they had collected on their way to the park. One thoughtful nanny suggested that we set up on a flat rock wall so the children could stand and use it as a table. I loved this idea, especially because the ground was a little wet and cold from the previous rain showers. And so we began!
I, Miss Kelsey, provided pre-cut paper wreaths and regular paper if children wanted to create a collage instead. The wreaths were made out of white paper plates that I previously cut a hole in the middle. The paper and wreaths were laid out on the rock wall with buckets of leaves to share. I only brought three containers of glitter glue, with hopes the children would have more of a social environment and have to ask to share or pass a particular color. Although my NKs cannot talk yet, they signed “Please,” after pointing to the glitter glue that they wanted. Some of the children needed help squeezing the glitter glue out of the tubes. When they obtained help from their caregiver they did it hand over hand, which allowed them to still practice exercising their fine motor muscles. The activity lasted about 15 minutes from start to finish and surprisingly was not as messy as I expected, considering we were using glitter glue.
What materials do you need?
-Paper Plates (with center cut out ahead of time, unless the child is old enough to use scissors)
-Glitter glue (or just glue and glitter separate)
-Colorful leaves collected off the ground
After the children are finished and the wreath is dry, an adult can punch a hole at the top and tie a string through so it can be hung up. This is a great way to show children you appreciate their creativity and that it is just as lovely as the other paintings hung around the house. If you have an entrance way out of the cold, you can hang it on your door for all to see! Now it’s your turn to try this activity outside while the Autumn weather is still warm enough.
Kelsey Plimpton is currently a nanny in Boston and has been nannying for five years. She started as a part-time nanny while earning her associates degree in Early Childhood Education. Kelsey has worked with ages 2 months to 15 years in both nannying and babysitting positions, since the age of 13. While working with children she follows their interests to help create activities targeting developmental goals. She blogs with SitterCycle.com and is the Early Childhood Coordinator.