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Step 1: Set up a large spiral
- Select a spot outside where you can draw with chalk (e.g. sidewalk, driveway) or lay down string. If play needs to happen inside, use a piece of paper or a bed sheet as your play surface.
- Draw or lay down a large spiral.
Step 2: Move in and out of your spiral
- Behold your spiral. Wonder aloud, “Look at this spiral! I wonder how you could walk all the way from one end of the spiral to the other?"
- Step back and notice how your child approaches moving along the spiral. If your child needs a little support, model a bit yourself first.
- Once your child has explored the spiral with their body, offer the collection of tiny objects and see how your child chooses to use them in their spiral play.
Step 3: Arrange objects in a spiral pattern
- Gather nature treasures (e.g. stones, pine cones, acorns, sticks).
- Start to arrange them in a spiral shape. Encourage your kids to join you or do the same in parallel. Kids can also enjoy placing treasures along a spiral that you drew or lay down on the ground. Arranging objects in a circular pattern is calming in and of itself.
- Spirals of evergreen sprigs, nature treasures and candles can make perfect holiday decorations or activities to help kids celebrate the Winter Solstice and the cycles of our natural year!