February is the time of the year when the season changes, the sun shifts a bit northward, the temperatures rise a notch, tiny buds begin to appear, seeds sprout and the feeling of wholesomeness is all around you. The air is filled with sweet fragrance of blooms, sounds of birds and buzz of bees. The general emotions we then begin to associate with February as it ushers in spring are those of Hope, Fulfilment and Love.
Spring in fact, in India is also the season of leaf fall. Deciduous trees start to drop leaves to direct their energy and resources to flowering- which is their safety net to ensure seed formation and propagation. It does also appear from studies that bright attractive flowers on bare trees may attract pollinators from afar and is therefore an advantageous strategy to go by.
Keeping all these observations in mind, let us talk of our favourite spring nature inspired crafts that you may adapt to your themes of plant study, season study, nature study
1. Nature inspired flatlay
Top of our list is creating an outdoor nature inspired flatlay. Collect fallen branches, leaves, flowers and feathers and rocks. Brainstorm with your child to build a flatlay of any idea that inspires you or any theme that you want to drive home by means of real life learning
2. Painted Sticks Bouquet
Collect fallen branches and twigs. Note the node from where they have detached from the plant. Are their smaller nodes along the stick? Is the stick smooth or rough? Can you spot lenticels along it? Lenticels are small holes used to exchange gases (breathe)
Paint these sticks with bright bold colours. Let the child lead the project. For thicker sticks, choose multiple colours or shades of a colour and make patterns like dots or stripes of an added dimension
Display in a vase or clear bottle. This sticks bouquet looks gorgeous as is, but you may choose to attach some flowers (real or paper flowers) with crafting wire or string around a string of fairy lights to give it a touch of oomph.
3. Splatter painted sticks
Draw an outline of any shape you like and cut sticks to the length to fit within the borders. Offer the child the opportunity to fit in the puzzle with the pieces – put the correct sized sticks in the right location in the shape.
Next offer some acrylic or glitter glue paints to splatter the spins around and see magic being created.
4. Make seed bombs
What better activity to inspired by nature than to return to nature? Make some seed bombs to spread around on barren lands, fields, gardens or even just backyards.
Make seed bombs with paper egg trays 🌱
- Soak a paper egg tray in water overnight.
- Once well soaked, drain the excess water and make a mush of the tray which should easily crush between your fingers. No need for blending but do so if you prefer a thick purée.
- The important step now is to squeeze out as much water as possible from the mixture. Use a sieve and apply pressure. If there is too much water, the seeds you place in this will start to germinate.
- Once fairly dry, roll into a cup shape and stuff with seed mix. You may use seeds from the kitchen, wildflower seeds, fruit seeds or flower seeds bought from the nursery.
- Put these bombs out in the sun to dry.
Drop these seed bombs in gardens, fields and backyards. Enough water, air and sunlight- and these will sprout to beautiful little saplings soon enough.
Let’s teach our children the value of sowing seeds.
5. Pencil shavings art
How are pencils made? With wood, graphite, lead and clay. To talk about the source of where these tools children use in day to day life is important as is humbling. To understand that tress are more giving than we have ever noticed or realised and make way into the smallest items of day to day life is an eye opening experience for a young child.
https://blog.pencils.com/pencil-making-today-2/ takes you through this entire process of pencil making that you may discuss with your child.
When you sharpen your pencils, collect the shavings instead of throwing them out. And then these may be used to make a whole array of crafts. Our favourite for February is the pencil shavings heart- showing some love to the trees from where the wood has been sourced.