I have another great post for you today from Ang of There and Back Again…a Mother’s Tale. I bet, after Ang’s posts that I shared this week, her Birth and PND story part 1 and part 2, you’re starting to think Ang is more of a resident writer than a ‘guest’! But Ang is also busy writing pretty much daily on her own blog!

There and Back Again… is my go to place when I’m looking for things to do with Reuben. Ang is always doing such lovely activities with Joss, often with a focus on developing skills. Things I forget to think about! I really want to broaden the content on Mums’ Days so I asked Ang if she would be willing to do a guest post for us about things to do with a toddler. She has come back with this wonderful post about exploring springtime, that she has extended into an art project!

So, if you’re looking for things to do with your little one over the weekend, look no further!

Things to do - spring and summer art with flowers and leaves http://www.mumsdays.com/things-to-do-spring-art/ #toddler #art #education #outdoors #summer #spring #activities

Things to do: Exploring Springtime Art with Flowers and Leaves

Joss is really getting interested in the outdoors and she also really likes to line things up and organise. I take this into consideration when I’m thinking of things to do, and so this flower and leaf collage activity appeals to her current developmental stage (almost two).

This activity uses lots of new and developing skills. If you list them, that’s when we start to see how learning happens daily and how we can focus on certain areas of development:

  • It’s a sensory activity;
  • A ‘great outdoors’ activity;
  • It’s a progression activity so moves from outdoors to inside;
  • It uses compare and contrast skills;
  • Colour recognition;
  • Sorting;
  • Counting;
  • Language development; and,
  • Most importantly it’s great fun!

Just be aware of safety and don’t let your tot eat anything that you gather!

We started with a long walk looking out for interesting bits and bobs to include in our collage, look for lots of textures, colours and interesting things like pinecones:

Things to do - spring and summer art with flowers and leaves http://www.mumsdays.com/things-to-do-spring-art/ #toddler #art #education #outdoors #summer #spring #activities

We had a small bag with us to keep them in, try to keep the bag open so air circulates and the plants don’t go all floppy!

Things to do - spring and summer art with flowers and leaves http://www.mumsdays.com/things-to-do-spring-art/ #toddler #art #education #outdoors #summer #spring #activities

Once we got home we tipped them out on a big white sheet of paper, horsey got involved too!

Things to do - spring and summer art with flowers and leaves http://www.mumsdays.com/things-to-do-spring-art/ #toddler #art #education #outdoors #summer #spring #activities

When Joss got bored of piling up the leaves and flowers we started to have a good look at them

Things to do - spring and summer art with flowers and leaves http://www.mumsdays.com/things-to-do-spring-art/ #toddler #art #education #outdoors #summer #spring #activities

I showed Joss how to line the leaves and flowers up and we glued a few of them in place, eventually we finished up with this collage!

Things to do - spring and summer art with flowers and leaves http://www.mumsdays.com/things-to-do-spring-art/ #toddler #art #education #outdoors #summer #spring #activities

The fun didn’t stop there, this is a great activity for older ones, but being a big kid myself I thought I’d make some fun critters for Joss to explore further with the help of a Sharpie and a bit of imagination!

Things to do - spring and summer art with flowers and leaves http://www.mumsdays.com/things-to-do-spring-art/ #toddler #art #education #outdoors #summer #spring #activities

From Ang There and Back Again…a Mother’s Tale

What wonderful things to do with everyday things found on a walk! Have you ever tried anything creative with things you’ve found while out exploring?

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