Nature Numbers Made by Children

By | November 4, 2013

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The nature numbers wall is a beautiful addition to our Reggio inspired classroom. Children feel very proud of their accomplishment. They often refer to the number wall, counting and recalling their experience by commenting on which nature items they found, and which numbers they made. This is what hands on meaningful learning is all about.

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To make these nature number frames, you will need:

Black cardstock paper (you can use construction paper but we prefer cardstock)
White cardstock paper
IKEA Nyttja frame 5×7 in black that can be purchased at IKEA or on Amazon
Black marker or sharpie
Nature items collection (if you are not able to make a nature collection, consider using a bag of potpourri)

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Our collection included:
Pinecones, acorns, berries, rocks, corn, shells, sticks, wood slices, pods, and dried flowers

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Children spent few days gathering interesting items found around the classroom and outdoors. Once our collection was completed, children got busy sorting and counting. Children worked in pairs and were given a number to work with. They had to write the number on the white card and find the matching number of nature items from the collection.

Children were given two white cards, one for writing a number, and another one for gluing the nature items. Children used white glue to attach the items and it worked but I knew it would not last so the teachers used a hot glue gun at a later time to attach the items for a lasting effect.

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Children glued the white cards on the black paper that was cut to fit the frame. Since our nature number cards are 3D, we removed the protective plastic from the front and just attached our finished number card to the back of the frame.
Now I can’s wait to use those 10 plastic covers we ended up with for another project. I do have some ideas. Check back later to see.

This has been such a meaningful and hands on project for children to complete and enjoy in the classroom every day.


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