Starting a collection of natural materials sounds easy enough. Take a walk, pick up a few things . . . I figured I’d have a buckets of things in no time. I didn’t realize that 95% of the time the treasures the girls gathered were rocks. Rocks are great, they just did not make for a varied collection.
In time, our collection has grown. Spring has been full of walks and hikes, so we have now have a modest tray of things we have found as well as things we have collected from our yard.
I wasn’t sure how to offer the materials at first. Since everything makes its way to the floor eventually, I decided that’s where we should start.
Greysen took the tray to the building area immediately.
Since then, the girls have also used the natural materials exclusive of other toys, like this “den”.
In addition to the things the girls pick up, I now gather and save a few things for home. Our collection is small but growing. It may not be enviable but has inspired play around here and that’s all I can ask for.
Do you collect natural materials for your children to play with? How did you grow your collection?