Montessori Nature Jars
I like to bring the outdoors in and so do my babies.
They're always picking flowers -even in places they shouldn't. Haha!
So, my preschooler and I recently put together some nature jars full of things she found around our own backyard!
These are a great addition to your nature area or your Montessori area.
Plus, they're practically free to make. Ready to explore some nature up close with your little one?
This is a picture of the jars in our Montessori area. My little one can explore and see the natural elements of our yard when we aren't outside. Our Montessori preschool space in our living room provides a place for designed for her to explore natural elements as well as books and instruments, fine arts cards and more. It's clean and bright with natural light. She really enjoys looking at her backyard finds in her jars. Ready to see how to make them?
-Several Baby Food Jars - empty and washed
-Natural Elements from your Back Yard or Nature Walks
- A Place to Set Them
We don't have any babies in our house anymore, but my friends do! These baby food jars were graciously donated to me.
*Fill the jar with water.
*Place your nature find inside.
* Make sure the lid is sealed.
*Test for leaks.
*Set them up!
The purpose of the water is to magnify the natural samplings you place in the jars. Use your best judgement. We didn't put water in jar with the dandelion because I didn't want to flatten the seeds. Depending on what you and your preschooler collect, you may not prefer to put water in the jar.
These turn out very pretty, but don't forget to let your baby do the exploring and choosing- with your guidance, of course. Our first batch of jars lasted a couple weeks which is longer than I expected, but the great thing about this, is that you can continue starting over and collecting new finds.
I know some naturalists prefer not to to pick or take souvenirs out of their natural environment, but my goal here was to allow a touchy- in -need -of- hands -on little explorer to enjoy nature in her own way. Cultivating a love of God's creation is essential to our homeschool scope and we loved how our nature jars turned out!
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