Set Up: Grab a large container and head outside with your child to collect a variety of nature treasures.
Invite Play: Say, “Do you think we could make a design with these nature treasures to make people who walk by feel happy?” Invite your child to make a shape or design with the treasures in a spot where neighbors or passersby will be able to see it. Leave a pile or container of nature treasures next to the display and help your child make a sign that welcomes community members to contribute to it.
Support Play: Visit your community display every day to see how it has changed. Take photos to document how it changes over time. Gather more nature treasures to replenish the pile.
Why is this activity great for kids?
Kids use and develop multiple senses
as they collect, arrange and enjoy the objects in their display. And, the designing of a nature display gives kids the chance to practice sorting, categorizing and playing with patterns. Making a nature display in a public area where others can enjoy is a great way to show kids simple ways they can bring beauty and joy to their community. Plus, seeing how the display changes over time as others add to and change the design is super exciting!