Friday, October 19, 2012

Finding Letters in Nature from at The Pleasantest Thing

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Carolyn from The Pleasantest Thing has so many great ideas that can be done inside and out, but she has some of the best nature-based activities that i've found.  her blog has a wonderfully fresh feel to it that instantly makes me smile.  find some of her great fall posts here: Fall Sensory Bin: Squirrel Play, Fall Guess Bags, and Apple Tasting.

Hi! I am happy to be guest posting here at Crayon Freckles. Thank you for having. Today I'm going to share an activity we often do on our nature walks. Finding Letters In Nature On walks, we sometimes play a game where we try to find letters formed in nature. A tree knot is an "o", a dandelion an "i", branches often form "y" or "k." Once you start doing it, you and your child find letters almost anywhere.
Forming Letters Ourselves We also use what we find on our walks to create our own letters- leaves, pine cones, stones, acorns, sticks. Depending on the complexity, sometimes I form the letters, sometimes my 4 1/2 year old forms them, or we do it together. In the pictures below, I made the B and my 4 year old made the N.

Fill In The Line I draw a letter, with a stick or my fingers, and my son fills in the lines. We did this a lot when he was younger and still learning his letters. It's a very good fine motor skill activity. This is something we do a lot at the beach- it's fun drawing a line in the sand and finding shells and stones to fill it.

This is an activity that can be done any number of ways, and easily modified for different ages. We've also looked letters in clouds, or looked for shapes in nature. It's a fun way to add a little something new to your walks.

Carolyn is a mom to two boys, ages 4 1/2 and 1. She believes play is critical to child development, and her blog, The Pleasantest Thing, focuses on play-based learning, books, nature, and fun. You can also join in the fun by following her blog on Facebook.
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