Today's post is about a simple little fine motor activity that I put together for the littles to go with our tree unit. I have used this activity previously (a different one, but similar) in my Montessori classroom several years ago.
To make this activity, you will need a package of silk leaves (these can be found almost anywhere this time of year, even the dollar store), a ribbon with buttons attached to each end, and a container for storing the materials. I found an adorable felt bucket with felt leaves on it at the Target Dollar Spot.
Sewing a button on each end of the ribbon prevents the leaves from slipping off and also helps provide something more sturdy to poke the ribbon through. You will need to cut a small slit into each leaf. The second photo shows this.
To do this activity, the littles simply string all the leaves on the ribbon. It is a great activity for using their fine motor skills such as pincer grasp and working with both hands together.