Everyone needs a little Art Therapy in their lives! Here's a great activity you can do with your kids this Autumn. It involves exploring the great outdoors, breathing in the fresh air, using your imagination, treasure hunting, and giving your kids a great fine motor skills workout in the process!
What you'll need:
- Collection bucket
- Laminator (and sleeves)
- Single hole punch (or sharp knife to pierce holes)
- Fishing line
- Get your gumboots on, grab your bucket and head outside.
- Start exploring, looking for as many different coloured leaves as you can. Fill up your bucket with leaves.
- Bring your leaves inside and lay them out flat.
- Pop them in-between some big heavy books.
- Leave them for about 5-10 minutes (or as long as your little ones will wait)!
- Get the laminator set up.
- Take out some leaves and place them into the plastic sleeves. (The flatter the leaves are the better they will seal).
- Proceed to laminate your leaves
- Carefully cut out each of the leaves, leaving a border of a few millimetres around each to ensure they remain laminated.
- Make sure you also leave a little extra plastic around where the stem comes out so that you have something to punch your hole through.
- Use the punch to make a hole in each leaf where the stem comes out.
- Cut various lengths of fishing line.
- String leaves onto fishing line, starting at the top and working your way down. Be sure to leave enough extra string at the top of the first leave so that you can tie it to the stick.
- Tie fishing line to your stick.
- Hang somewhere where there's lots of sunlight.