Prep time: 10 minutes
Estimated Cost: Collect from outdoor
Mess level: Medium
What you need
Loose parts that can be combined, moved, lined up, taken apart, and put back together again.
Biotic materials. Wood (rattan, bamboo, bark, etc.) Natural fiber (silk, wool, cotton, flax, hemp, jute, kapok, kenaf, moss, etc.)
Inorganic material. Stone (flint, granite, obsidian, sandstone, sand, gems, glass, etc.) Native metal (copper, iron, gold, silver, etc.) ...
Other natural materials. Soil.
A tray to place them on
Collect items from nature to study and to use for language work, on a tray or in a basket. See if you can find interesting things like feathers, leaves, seedpods.
A Sensory Nature Tray is a fun activity for kids to engage with nature, stimulate the senses and develop fine motor and sorting skills too.
How to adapt:
Sit with your child, feel and discuss their items or allow the child to touch and explore them independently.
Introduce a magnifying glass
Use the items you have collected for an arts and crafts activity and make various patterns/shapes or add scissors and cut the leave to stick onto paper.
Good to know:
I have never seen a child get bored of nature, so if you can take them outside, open-ended play will always evolve.