When Nature and Letters Collide

Spring was upon us and so was the end of the school year.  The outdoor classroom was calling our name everyday in the beautiful weather. The children wanted to spend their spring days exploring the outdoors as much as they could.  We decided to incorporate literacy and nature and have the children build their names with all the “looseparts” they could find outside.  We armed them with carry trays and binoculars to enhance their search for letter sculpting materials.


They collected rocks, twigs, pebbles and leaves to create their letters.

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The children discovered many natural items to use in their name building.  Some built their initials.


Some built one initial.


Some built their names.





And some built their names and more.  This child wanted to use all her findings to include a “circle” around her name.


The children loved manipulating the natural materials to create their names. Nature continues to deliver success in sustaining engagement and helping to document awesome creativity. How does nature collide with literacy in your classroom?

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