In Time to Create I talk about taking art activities outdoors as one way of stressing less about the mess. However less messy activities work just as well outdoors and today we set ourselves up on the picnic blanket in our backyard to do some threading. Threading is wonderful for fine motor development and our idea was to make sparkly mobiles to hang in our garden. Our treasure hunt through my craft room and the garage for ‘sparkly things’ ended up taking the form of ‘all sorts of things with holes which are good for threading!’
Taking our collection of all manner of bits and bobs, a spool of fine wire and a pair of scissors outside we were good to go. The stiffness of the wire makes threading into small holes easier for small fingers.
And now we have two lovely, quite sparkly mobiles. Simple to make, not messy at all and lovely hanging in the trees or from a verandah.