Bottled Spring: Fine Motor Nature Walk
Put spring in a bottle!
This is a fun nature walk sensory project. All you need are a few kids who like exploring, some empty water bottles (clear), and colored tape.
Give each child a bottle. Talk about spring and how wonderful it is to see everything growing and blooming. Then go out to the backyard or the park, or take a walk around the neighborhood, keeping your eyes out for signs of spring.
We looked for flower petals and baby leaves that had dropped off their plants. If you’re in your own yard you can pick flowers (even dandelions are pretty) or pull up a few blades of grass. Put the little treasures into the empty bottles until you have a nice variety of pieces of spring.
Now things start getting pretty! Gently fill each bottle the rest of the way with water. Screw the lid on tightly and use colored tape to decorate/hold them on.
Have the children tilt and shake their bottles and watch the pieces float and shift. It’s like a spring kaleidoscope! These are also fun to roll back and forth on the ground. Experiment with putting more or less items in the water for different effects. You could even throw in some glitter if you’re feeling really sparkly.