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Nature Hunt Treasure Stick

Nature Hunt Treasure Stick

Ah, another "let's roam the woods" activity! My kids love the wandering, the exploring, the discoveries...and I love seeing my children delight in all their fantastic finds (tree pods! caterpillars!). Here is a lovely bit of art for displaying favorite discoveries.

How We Did It

Nature Hunt Treasure Stick

Our family had a day of playing in our nearby mountains planned and I had a few exploring ideas in mind, so I tossed into my pack a few different colors of yarn. The only other things we would need would be found by roaming the paths and sides of the stream...

Nature Hunt Treasure Stick

While Trev and my husband hunted for and and collected firewood, Madeleine and I wandered, looking for things that interested us. Every few minutes, my daughter would exclaim, "Oooh, look, Mama, I found some (fill in the blank: moss/berries/grass/pretty leaves!)"

Nature Hunt Treasure Stick

When we were very pleased with our collection and had found some Y-shaped sticks, we went back to our table to make our art.

Nature Hunt Treasure Stick

We wound yarn around the open part of our sticks...

Nature Hunt Treasure Stick

...tied off the yarn, and wove in our treasures.

Nature Hunt Treasure Stick

I asked Maddie what her favorite part of this project was. "All of it," she said.

"But did you like looking for things to add, or making something pretty...?" I asked.

"All of it! I liked all of it," she reiterated. Yes--roaming the woods together, talking and uncovering, then creating something beautiful... she's right. All of it. All of it is our favorite.

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I had my 5- 8 year old campers do this activity a few weeks ago. It was a huge hit! The campers loved having a reason to take all of their treasures home, their counselors loved that it was easy to make and take home on the bus, and the counselors whose campers did not do it thought it was adorable. Definitely doing it again next week!

posted by: Socks on 7.2.2014

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