Here's a quick and easy craft to do with your kiddos at home. It helps with hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, sorting, patience, sitting skils, and it's really fun!
Above is the finished product of a 2 year old, completed independently.
Ages: As soon as they can stick things down on an already glued surface. For independent work, I'd say 2 years and up.
- Leaves (I got fake ones at the local dollar store. I've also seen them at craft stores and Wal-Mart).
- Craft glue (not Elmer's---not enough sticking power)
- Cotton swabs (optional)
- Large black foam sheet
- Cut a large "O" shape out of foam. This is the base of the wreath. Construction paper would work, but it's a bit flimsy.
- For younger children, cover the top of the foam with the glue. For older children (2+) let them put glue on the individual leaves. I showed my daughter how to stick them on. I covered the wreath base with some glue AND let her glue the leaves on. I wanted to make sure that once the glue dried the leaves really stayed in place.
- Sort leaves by color if desired. My directions were to cover the base with leaves until she couldn't see any more of the black foam.