Pine Cone Fun

Dec 6, 2012

It is amazing to be back in South Korea.  I'm so glad that I get to share this experience with my daughter. Sophia and I love to take nature walks on Dalmaji Gil.  There is a gorgeous forest path with spectacular ocean views.  On one particular walk, we kept finding beautiful pine cones.  Sophia collected some that had fallen. To her they look like flowers.  We decided to take some home with us.  Some of our pine cones became trees in an African safari cloud dough sensory bin.  A few others became objects to weave as well as paint with. We worked on these pine cones all day!

 

First, we decided to paint with our pine cones.  I prepared a palette by placing paint on a baking tray.

 

Sophia dipped the pine cones in the paints and created beautiful designs on construction paper.  My daughter enjoys painting and painting with a pine cone was definitely an interesting change from the standard paintbrush.

 

After Sophia finished painting with the pine cones, she began to paint the pine cones.

 

I got out some mini crafting pom poms and my daughter dipped them in glue and placed them on the scales of the pine cone. This is a great activity for helping to develop hand-eye coordination.

 

They pom pom pine cones turned out so lovely that we decided to make an ornament out one of them for Nana's tree.  To create a loop, I simply wrapped some twine around the stem and sealed it with a dab of glue.  

 

Sophia also enjoyed "weaving" glitter chenille sticks (pipe cleaners) around and through the scales of the pine cone.  Any type of weaving helps to promote fine motor skills.  This kind of weaving is great for toddlers and pre-school aged kids.  

 

Older kids may enjoy weaving soft and colorful yarn through a pine cone.

 

By the end of painting, weaving and placing pom poms on our pine cones, we had a bit of a collection.  We decided to create a pine cone garland to hang.  To do so, I got out some twine. String and yarn would work as well.  I made two loops to create a sliding knot. 

 

I pulled the right loop behind and through the left loop.

 

I pulled the loop taught.  This kind of loop can easily be adjusted.

 

I placed the loop over the stem of the pine cone.

 

I pulled one end of the twine tightly against the stem of the pine cone.

 

I continued this process for the other pine cones.

 

We found the perfect place to hang them!

 

I keep a bowl of pom poms and a pine cone on the table just in case Sophia feels the desire to create.

 

We keep some pine cones right in the middle of our table as a gorgeous and simple centerpiece. 

 

A friend of mine and her daughter made this adorable headband after one of their nature walks.  They painted the pine cones and drew all of the things they saw during their nature walk.  On the headband you can see a picture of an acorn as well as a magpie!


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