“The land is where our roots are. The children must be taught to feel and live in harmony with the Earth.” – Maria Montessori
No we’re not turning all poetic but thought it was an apt start to our Woodland Beasties weekly blog. It’s been all go these last few weeks as we settle into our new site. We are still at The Heart of the Country, Swinfen just a more exclusive part of the woods with our own secret entrance and at the moment, we’re surrounded by the stunning beauty of the bluebells, which adds to the magic of woodland play!
This week we have been busy making salt dough impressions. These are simple and great fun to make with your little beasties. All you need is a bowl to mix ingredients:
1 cup of plain flour
1/2 cup of water
1/2 of salt
Mix them together using your hands. This is a great sensory activity to do with the little ones, you can really get a feel for the dough. If it’s too sticky add more flour. Take a piece (as small or as big as you wish) and roll into a ball, then flatten out in between your hands, or you can use a rolling pin.
Now find anything you like to make an impression on it, such as a leaf, a flower, tree bark, then press it onto the salt dough and peel it back gently to reveal the pattern. When you’re finished, let it dry either in the oven on a low heat for about 3 hours or air dry for about 5 days. Now you can decorate it however you like. Finally take a photo and tag us!
Thanks a million for stopping by and we’ll see you next week!