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Making Letters with Nature

 Posted by on September 5, 2012
Sep 052012
 

While we were playing at the playground this summer, Aiden started drawing in the sand. He asked me to draw, too. He requested letters. This gave me the idea of making letters with nature – using objects around us to form the letters.

Making Letters with Nature

I had Aiden gather leaves, sticks, and other things from nature that were on the ground.

We used sticks and leaves.

Making Letters with Nature

Or just leaves like in the letter D.

We created letters with wood chips.

Making Letters with Nature

We shaped moss into the letter O.

Making Letters with Nature

This is a great way to explore nature, get moving, and practice letters. You could also practice making words, numbers, or shapes with objects from nature.

Rather than gathering objects, you could try to find letters, numbers, or shapes already in nature. This works especially well for shapes. {Check out my post at the Kids Activities Blog for Finding Shapes in Nature}.

Is this something you’ve ever done? Do you and your kids enjoy making letters with nature?

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  7 Responses to “Making Letters with Nature”

  1. Great idea and nicely illustrative photos. I’m saving this idea to use with my children’s nature programs.
    Neita recently posted..Crickets Are Not Optional – DC/Baltimore Cricket CrawlMy Profile

  2. Love this idea & how Aiden is learning without even thinking about it, thanks so much for adding this to the outdoor play link up.
    Kierna Corr (@CiarnaC) recently posted..Outdoor Play Link Up – Enjoying the mud patchMy Profile

  3. I did this exact activity with my kindergarten kids last year – and just added the post about it to the link up! We were in the forest – and you were at the beach. On a side note, my son, who was not at all interested in learning to print as a wee lad, learned how with a big stick at the beach. I believe that linking literacy and nature has incredible benefits.
    Sandi recently posted..throwback Thursday: holding them capable – life skills in KindergartenMy Profile

  4. This is such a wonderful idea, and I agree with Sandi above…linking nature and literacy does have incredible benefits! Thanks for linking up to Discover & Explore!
    Stephanie @ Twodaloo recently posted..Farm Activities for ToddlersMy Profile

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