Nature Weaving

 

Helen Ahpornsiri's work is absolutely incredible.  Each of her many beautiful illustrations is created entirely out of natural materials.

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 Totally awe-inspiring!

Totally awe-inspiring!

Inspired by her use of nature and all the green that's finally popping up here in the midwest, I set up a simple nature weaving activity for my youngest.

There are all kinds of ways you can DIY a simple loom, but here's a technique that's super fast and easy, perfect for a sunny spring afternoon.

Supplies:

  • rectangle of cardboard
  • rubber bands
  • natural materials (grasses, flowers, sticks, leaves, bush trimmings...)
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Steps:

1.  Assemble the loom by simply sliding on your rubber bands.  I set this up ahead of time for my three year old, but kids could easily do this themselves.  Plus, rubber bands are always always always a hit with kids, right??

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2.  Go on a nature hunt!  I gathered a few natural materials ahead of time to get my little one inspired, but then she took off on her own!  They way you present activities can make such a difference to children.  Try laying materials out in a new or interesting way to inspire creation and play.  Here's how I presented this activity on our backyard picnic table:

 With a set up like this, the grownup doesn't even have to explain anything!  My three year old took one look at this and started adding to what I'd begun.

With a set up like this, the grownup doesn't even have to explain anything!  My three year old took one look at this and started adding to what I'd begun.

3.  Weave, weave, weave!

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This rubber band loom is perfect for tiny hands because it's so easy to use.  The natural tension and elasticity helps stick just about anything in place. You don't have to have perfected the "weaving" technique to have very cool results. 

My three year old absolutely loved this activity!  She kept claiming she was all done until she turned around and saw something in our yard she just had to add to her "nature art."

 So proud!

So proud!

Try this activity the next time you're looking to spend some creative time outdoors- you won't be disappointed!