This activity is jam packed with academic learning along with fine AND gross motor work! Yes, this simple and easy to set up learning invitation gives your child the opportunity to work on scissor skills, crossing the midline, and nature vocabulary words. Read on to see our tips and tricks to help make this a successful activity.
I put a fall twist on the classic book, In the Tall, Tall Grass by Denise Fleming. Instead on drawing bugs and other warm weather creatures behind the grass, I drew items you might find hiding in the tall, fall grass! Yes, if you ask me that should be a sequel;)
This was an absolute hit in our home and it kept my four year old busy for about 30 minutes! I plan on keeping the paper up all week and replacing the green cardstock so my son can try the activity multiple times.
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How to Make the Giant Cut and Reveal
Cut grass in the green cardstock. I tried regular construction paper and it ended up flopping over. So if you want this to be a wall activity, I highly recommend using cardstock. If you want to use construction paper, then try this as a tabletop activity.
Tape a large piece of white paper on the wall with painter’s tape. Painter’s tape is great because it won’t peal any paint off your walls!
I wanted to make sure the my drawings would be right behind the cut grass, so I lined up the green cardstock on the white paper and made little marks to guide my fall drawings. I made sure to draw my pictures in between those two lines.
I’m not much of an artist so I drew an acorn, 2 leaves, walnut, spider, and apple with pencil first. Then I traced over the pencil with marker. I labeled the pictures for extra nature vocabulary practice. If you really don’t feel like drawing, you could always find fall nature stickers and put them on the white paper.
Cover your drawings with the grass! I used scotch tape for this part of the activity. I taped the left, right, and bottom sides of each piece of green construction paper to the white paper.
Here’s What We Did
Leo was super excited when he walked into the living room and saw this taped to the wall! I told him there were fall nature finds behind the grass and he had to cut it to see what was hiding in the tall, fall grass.
I showed him how to hold his scissors in one hand and a blade of grass with the other. This was difficult for him so this was the perfect way to practice!
He was so excited as he started cutting away and shouted out each picture as they were revealed to him.
Leo practically lost his mind when he saw the walnut and tore the paper with his scissors! It’s literally his favorite thing to collect and if you watch our Instagram stories you are well aware of this! It was no big deal; I slapped some tape on the cardstock and we kept on truckin.
As we neared the end of the activity, Leo went back and named all of the items he found behind the tall, fall grass and shouted out that he wanted to color his nature finds. I thought it was a great idea and another fabulous way to cross the midline while working on a vertical surface.
As I mentioned above, I plan on gently taking down whats left of our grass and setting up this invitation again tomorrow with freshly cut grass. I will drew a couple new nature items to keep him interested and engaged with the activity!
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