What you need:
- Stick in a “y” shape.
- Leaves and/or plants.
- Locate a stick in the shape of a “y.”
- Use the yarn to wrap around the stick leaving spaces for you to add the leaves.
- Tie the yarn to the stick so it will not slide off.
- Weave in the leaves and other plant life into the yarn.
- Your wand is ready to go!
Ways to Expand the Activity:
- Does your wand have magical powers? Add some! What kind of powers would a nature wand have that other wands wouldn’t?
- Add other things you find in nature. Pine cones and rocks could transform your wand into an even more powerful nature wand! Use your imagination!
What Kids Learn:
- Children gain social and emotional skills through dramatic play. When they pretend, they are experimenting in social roles, practicing language, and solving problems.
- Basic engineering skills. Engineers solve problems with constraints. They learn to solve problems by using the engineering design process: asking questions, coming up with solutions, building, testing and improving.
- Fine motor skills. Kids practice using the small muscles in their hands later used for writing.