Playing With Natural Materials and Patterns

Today we received our monthly My Little Atelier box.

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The invitation to play was simple : Different sizes, structures and patterns, much to explore and a few words about a British artist who makes non-permanent sculptures and art from natural materials.

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The little ones had so much fun exploring the different textures,

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scents,

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and sounds.

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After they explored these natural items they started laying patterns and building sculptures.

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When they had built many different sculptures and patterns, Emily got out her Top Secret Nature Journal (“No pictures of the inside of the book, please, Mama!“) and started sketching the items individually, followed by sketches of her favourite sculptures.

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This was such a fun, beautiful and open-ended activity, it arrived at just the right time as we are in the process of adding a few Montessori and Reggio inspired ideas into our life. The beautiful shells and seed pods now live on our Nature Table, and the little ones have already made plans to build more sculptures tomorrow, adding leaves from the garden and dried flowers.

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2 Responses to Playing With Natural Materials and Patterns

  1. Karina says:

    Love that idea! great playing!

  2. Brandy says:

    From what I’ve been able to read about Reggio, I really like it. Great for these early years when children have so much creativity. :-)