I saw these “Invitation To Create” activities on Pinterest not too long ago and knew that Nova would really enjoy it. I think it’s really neat because all I did was give her the items and she used her imagination for the rest.
There are many different versions of this that you can set up – flowers, bugs, trees, monsters. Bugs was the activity of choice today! Nova is really interested in bugs – we even had her in a bug themed summer camp in July. I decided to surprise her with this one and had everything set up and waiting for her.
I had picked Nova up for the afternoon and before I got her I cut out the shapes that she would need and set up a station at the kitchen table. When we got to the house she was so excited and asked what to do with the shapes. All I had to say was “bugs” and she was right in there. Knew exactly what to do!
HINT: I got this tray from the dollar store! I tried Walmart first but they only had glass dishes.
Nova started right off the bat with a spider. She grabbed what she needed and went to town!
TIP: In the link they had a punch to get small circles for the bugs. I don’t have one (definitely will be getting one now!) so that’s why I pulled out the small circle gems instead.
TIP: The link shows gluing the bugs onto construction paper as you go, but we just made the bugs without a background. Whichever you prefer!
**UPDATE: We did another one of these! This time was sea creatures! Nova went right to town on this one too!
This is what she ended up with! She made up a game later in the night where Curtis was the octopus and had to capture all the fish while we sang songs about swimming fishies and octopus’ getting them.