Nature Wristbands

Create a wristband using nature!

Go on a nature walk and collect materials to create a wristband! On an outdoor walk, look for items that have fallen to the ground like leaves, flower petals, and sand to design and decorate the wristband. This activity helps children practice the act of discovery, an outlet that leads to creativity.

Materials Required

  • Painter’s tape, masking tape, or duct tape
  • Scissors
  • Natural materials like leaves, flower petals, and grass

Instructions

  1. Choose an outside place to explore. Go on a nature walk.
  2. Cut a piece of tape that wraps around your wrist comfortably, plus an extra inch or two.
  3. With the 
sticky side up, wrap the tape around your wrist and secure the ends together.
  4. During the nature walk, look closely for objects to decorate the wristband with, like leaves, flower petals, sand, or blades of grass. Think creatively about ways to make new patterns with pieces of the natural world. Use items that have already fallen to the ground like leaves, flower petals, etc. Collect unusual colors or shapes for the wristband.
  5. Press the natural materials into the tape to make a nature wristband.
  6. Show off the wristband!

Additional Tips

  • Select a theme for the wristband. For example, only collect and use items that grow from the ground, or items that are yellow.
  • Make a wristband for a friend. Think about what they might like on their wristband.

Links to Creativity

Sometimes the biggest contribution to creativity is the act of discovery. If we can help put children into a situation that helps them discover new ideas or materials, then all that’s left is for them to do is find an appropriate use for them in order to be creative.

Supporting research includes:

Runco, M. A., & Jaeger, G. J. (2012). The standard definition of creativity. Creativity Research Journal, 24(1), 92-96.

Simonton, D. K. (2011). Creativity and discovery as blind variation: Campbell's (1960) BVSR model after the half-century mark. Review of General Psychology, 15(2), 158-174.

Contributor

This activity was contributed by the Center for Childhood Creativity ©2015. It has been adapted from an activity in Susan Sachs Lipman’s Fed Up with Frenzy: Slow Parenting in a Fast-Moving World ©2012. For more information and resources see CenterforChildhoodCreativity.org or SlowFamilyOnline.com.