Autumn hanging mobile
A fab activity to help develop fine motor skills, a favourite woodland activity!
What you'll need
- a collection of leaves
- small sticks
- chunky threading needle/match stick sized stick & adhesive tape
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Consider the environmental impact of preparing, carrying out & completing this activity. Could this impact be reduced? Specific considerations for this activity could include:
- leave no trace
Health & Safety Considerations
Follow your usual operating procedures and carry out appropriate risk benefit assessments.
Some considerations particular to this activity include:
- collecting natural materials
Tie the match-sized stick to one end of the string – try to make the knot as tight and low profile as possible.
This stick will become the needle, threading through the leaves.
You have now created a Super Leaf Threader!
Sometimes it can be difficult to tie this little stick on or it may slip off. An alternative is to use a chunky needle.
Tie a knot in the string to stop the needle slipping off.
Another alternative is to tightly tape one end of a piece of string to make it rigid.
Tie the slightly larger stick to the other end of the string.
This will be the stopper that prevents the leaves falling off the string (a clove hitch is good for this).
Take a walk through the woods, gathering and threading lots of colourful and different-shaped fallen leaves.
Use the small stick to thread through the leaves, one by one.
… or use the needle for threading through the leaves.
Continue threading leaves onto the string until you have collected as many as you want, or are satisfied with your creation.
Take it further
★ Use the threaded leaves for outdoor art or craft or make multi-layered leaf mobiles.
★ Once you have a lovely long line of threaded leaves, double them over into a circle and attach both ends to create a beautiful leaf wreath.
Thanks you Free-range Forest for sharing this idea and photo.
"Irusya from Ukraine really enjoys the crafting element of Forest School and was so pleased with her wreath that she sent a photo to her family back home."
Autumn Hanging Mobile activity - free pdf download
Disclaimer: Muddy Faces cannot take any responsibility for accidents or damage that occurs as a result of following this activity.You are responsible for making sure the activity is conducted safely.