Every Friday afternoon we run an activity craft hour on the farm for the children staying here with us on holiday. The fun from these sessions I often share on my Saturday Country Kids linky in-between our own family adventures, but as these sessions build I am creating a post focusing simply on instructions to make the ideas we use. You can find more crafts in the series under the Farm Crafts Category. This week’s craft is inspired from a pin that our Apprentice Amber’s sister showed to us on our Pinterest that we’ve turned into some sensory fun.
Sensory Leaf Art
What You’ll Need
Sensory leaf activity printable
Herbs from the garden
Kitchen roll (optional)
Edit the sensory sheet to fit the fresh herbs and plants you have available and print off the amount of copies you need
Gather a leaf per person for all the herbs and plants you have on your sheet
Get the kids to lay out the leaves in the correct circles
Fold the paper over on the line.
4a If you are using a blackberry as we did a sheet of kitchen roll will help the inevitable splat from the squished blackberry running out of the paper and onto your work surface.
Roll the rolling pin over the sheet pressing down firmly
Unfold the activity sheet
Smell the different smells from the herbs as well as the different patterns and colours the leaves made.
Some of the younger guests had difficulty using the rolling pin so used a rock to hit the paper or placed it on the floor and jumped on it and then rubbed the leaves on the paper to get a stronger smell.
A few fun additions you could try:-
You could try using a hammer instead of a rolling pin if the children have better motor control
You could have multiple sheets with different herbs and plants on
You could combine it with some paint to make different leaf patterns.
The photo above is taken from our activity hour on the farm where we used this sensory craft as part of our fun and learning that week.
Click on the picture below to download or print out a sensory sheet for yourself!
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