Monday, August 9

Craft: Turning Pinecones into Berries

Usually when I am setting up our nature table for a new month, I am thinking about how the upcoming month is reflected in nature. I am remembering what gifts nature had given to us the years before and wonder what gifts might be new to us this year. What we will see, hear, smell, touch, and taste throughout the month? As I changed the nature table from July to August I thought about how enjoyable it is to pick berries on our walks this whole month long. There seem to be wild raspberries and blackberries everywhere we go and my daughters stand for long periods of time going through the bushes and finding them. So, to add to our August nature table, we made our own berries that will last the month long.

We picked through our pine cone basket (used for play) and found some small and medium sized pine cones. After we cut lengths of yarn, I started by wrapping the yarn a few times around each pine cone.

I helped each of them wrap the pine cones with the yarn, sometimes holding the pine cone while they wrapped. At the end, I tucked the yarn under and hot glued felt leaves onto the top.

And now we have berries for our nature table!


Leptir said...

It's so cute :-)

Mari-Ann said...

These are delightful!

Deborah said...

What a great activity for those fine motor skills and berries!

Anonymous said...

That is such a cute idea and a really cheap way of making some toys for play.

Plain and Joyful Living said...

That is sweet - such a perfect activity for a young child.