Try this fun fine motor activity for kids! This is perfect to try on a beautiful fall day, but will work for anytime of year. You can bring this on your next nature walk or use it to display nature finds in your home! Children will love rearranging their nature collection and adding new pieces as the year progresses.
I try a lot of nature activities with my boys, but only share my biggest hits here! Our favorite activities are usually easy to prep, fun to play and create with, and can be reused multiple times. This activity checks all of those boxes!
We brought it along during our last nature walk and my boys continued to play with it when we got home. They loved using the box to practice counting, organizing and sorting, and now it’s displayed on their dresser. There are a few holes empty, so they are already talking about getting outside and finishing their box tomorrow!
Ready to make a one!? Here’s what you’ll need..
- A cardboard box
- Sharp Pencil
- Pieces of nature
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Here’s How to Make the Nature Poke Box:
If you plan on taking it on nature walks, I suggest putting some kind of handle on your box. I created twine handles and secured them by tying a knot on the inside of the box. The random piece of string you see there is from the knot on the other side. The string was a little longer over there.
Also, I suggest cutting out the inside flaps, so you only have one layer to poke through. I did not do this, so we had issues poking nature pieces through a few of the holes.
You can skip this step if you would like, but the box I had was a bit of a mess. I decided to add a piece of white card stock to clean up the top of the box. I placed the card stock on the top of the box and creased it for cutting lines.
Now glue the card stock to the box top and poke holes with a sharp pencil.
It’s time to head outside and search for the perfect pieces of nature to display! The colors are starting to change in Wisconsin, so we found some beautiful leaves to display.
The handles were perfect for carrying! The boys were so proud of their portable display and it got a lot of compliments from people walking past us!
This is the perfect activity for building fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
The next time your kids need a little nudge to get outside, give this activity a try! They will love building their very own nature display.
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I hope you give this simple nature activity a try! I promise, your little nature lovers will love this one.