My girls love to collect and gather. There is always a pile of sticks and rocks at my front door. There’s usually a bucket of little animals traveling from the house to the car and back again.
Recently, they each began focusing on collecting a certain item – buttons for Natalie, rocks for Delaney. Collections need a place to be stored, so we made labels (cardstock + clear contact paper) for divided bead containers and the girls have been happily filling them with their treasures.
Besides the simple fun of collecting these treasures, I love to use the girls’ collections to practice counting, sorting and describing. We can sort by size, color, shape, texture. We can count our treasures and put them in groups of 10. We can write about our favorite item in the collection and why we like it.
Natalie has big plans to take a photo of each button and create a “catalog” with photos and descriptions of her entire collection. I’ve been wanting to set up some nature jars too, where the girls can display assorted shells, rocks, sticks, etc. Just need to find the right spot to put them (away from the puppy!).
Do your kids like to collect things? How do you store or display your kids’ collections?