All mothers know when their child is tired.
We’ve been watching those cues since they were born.
It’s not always obvious. Remember the times when we’d missed those subtle eye rubs or blank stares and the whole world caved in around our child and then around us?
We’re pretty good at preempting an overwhelmed child, or worse one that’s right on the edge of a melt down.
Now that my children are a little older, it usually always starts with irritability.
We may be good at predicting overwhelm in our kids, but we’re not always great at addressing it. We often forget that what they need is to slow down and to let their mind and body rest.
One wonderful tool we’ve been using is our nature weaving frames.
My youngest uses them after very busy days at school. She enjoys quiet time and her mind focuses entirely on weaving the stands of grass through the holes and over and under each other. It’s been so helpful to her.
The best part is, all you need is a photo frame, and some nature of course!
What you’ll need to make nature weaving frames
- Wooden photo Frame
For the full instructions on how to make the frames click here.
The only thing I did differently from the instructions above was that I didn’t buy unfinished frames. Instead, I just bought some wooden frames from the shop. They were really easy to make and the best part about them is that they can be used over and over again!
What you’ll need for nature weaving:
I collected a basket full of nature for the girls to weave with. Then it’s easy to fill your beautiful nature weaving frames.
Our basket was filled with:
- Lomandra Leaves or grass
- Gumnuts with holes drilled through them
- Long, thin sticks
I had to show the girls how to use the frames as they had never weaved before but it didn’t take long for them to get the hang of it. Giving them lots of materials meant that they used an array of nature in their weave creations.
We weaved the lomandra leaves together and looked at it through the sunlight. It was beautiful.
Then, we threaded nature into the weaved lomandras.
The nature weaving frames were really easy to make (I made them during their nap time) and it was a lovely, relaxing activity that they really enjoyed after they woke. We’ll be weaving a lot, I’m sure!
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You may also like our
Nature Arts and Crafts Pack
This pack will provide hours of fun, learning,
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– Over 30 nature arts and craft printables
– Printables include an easy how-to instruction sheet
Just add nature to bring the printable to life!
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What an absolutely beautiful project with natural resources Penny…and your girls are looking so big! Have pinned and will share and LOVE the new design, well done you clever lady!!
What a fun looking project!
Bek @Just For Daisy says
These are awesome Penny! I love that you’ve used so many different natural items to create beautiful art! And those leaves look amazing in the sunlight – what intricate patterns!
Your new look over here is awesome too! Really looks great! 🙂 🙂
I love LOVE LOOOVVEE this! what a neat idea and really beautiful.
Penny Whitehouse says
I’m so glad you liked it Jenni. I love that it was so simple and inexpensive to make.