Thread a Leaf

by Ling Bee Lain

#Scienceofplay25

Children will weave a piece of yarn in and out of a leaf.

Skill Level: Easy

Suitable For: 3 - 4 years old

Estimated Time: > 30 mins

Environment: Indoors

Learning Framework

  • Physical - Fine Motor skills - threading, object control

  • Intellectual - Observing, comparing, seriation

  • Emotional - Appreciation, engagement

  • Social - Sharing

Materials

Step 1

Take your child/children out on a nature walk, around the neighbourhood or the park. Look out and collect leaves (fallen) of various sizes and colours in a plastic bag. At home, place these leaves on the table. Arrange them either in sizes OR shades of colours (from light to dark).

Step 3

Invite your child/children to weave through the holes along the edges of the leaves. You may tape the end of a piece of yarn for easy threading. Encourage creativity by allowing them to weave along or across the face of the leaves.

  • Stickers

  • Yarn/string of different colours

  • One-hole puncher

  • Leaves of various sizes and colours

  • Marker

Step 2

Have children punch holes around the edges of the larger leaves (about the size of an adult’s palm).

Step 4

Child may use stickers or markers to decorate the leaves. He/she may weave differently on each leaf.

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