No one wants to admit it but Autumn is closing in. It is. At least in Yorkshire it is much colder. No more glorious basking in sun. The blazing heat, at least in the UK has subsided and a whispering of a cool breeze has entered the atmosphere. Tell tale signs of a spattering of leaves across our garden and the appearance of emerging conkers, acorns, pine cones and sloe berries on near by trees show us it is on the cusp of happening.
Our beautiful climbing red rose bush that has had gorgeous flowers all summer and has begun to lose it's petals. They've been shots of colour on our grass and I have had my eye on them, wondering if they could be utilised in an art or craft. Then, one afternoon, Little Feet A came to me and announced she was going to make something from the petals. Intrigued I asked what and she momentarily had a think and firmly told me she would make a necklace. Honestly, I was so proud of her! And pretty blown away at what a GREAT idea this was. So I told her to gather them all off the ground while I scampered off to get some natural thread and a large needle. And just like that she had created her very own first nature craft. I helped her thread into the needle, tied a knot at the end of the string and showed her where was best to pierce the petal.
As I watched her sew the petals onto her necklace I realised how great this was for her Fine Motor Skills. Fine Motor Skills are small actions that are important for Little Feet to practice. Like using tweezers to pick items up, or using scissors. She really was concentrating very hard with the process of piercing the petal, threading it through and then sliding the petal all the way to the end of the string and repeating. She did about 15 petals before she began to tire and start to pierce the petal all the way through so the string fell out. I took over at this point as she got lightly frustrated.
She was so proud of it, especially when I showed her the pictures I had taken of her wearing it.
Make Your Own Petal Necklace
What you will need:
Collect fallen petals or leaves from your garden, park or flower vase with your Little Feet.
Cut a piece of string long enough to be loosely tied about the neck to hang nicely as a necklace would do.
Tie a knot on the end of your string and thread the other end through the needle.
Demonstrate to your Little Feet how to thread the needle and string through the petals and then allow them to do it themselves.
When your string is sufficiently full, remove the needle and place somewhere safe. Tie the two ends of the necklace together.
Place necklace over head and wear proudly!