Nature Play Collection Egg Carton – Free Printable
Do you have a child that likes to collect? I do.
Oskar keeps collections of all sorts of bits and pieces, some that he is given or finds. For a while he took a little basket everywhere with him full of cars, then it was dinosaurs then it was cars and dinosaurs, a pom pom, a seed pod, a seashell, a pencil – you name it – he was collecting it and carrying it all in his little basket.
What eventually happens is that the basket would get emptied, usually on our kitchen table and a new collection would begin in a fresh basket but we would be left with a pipe cleaner that according to my toddler was more precious than GOLD!
So I decided to introduce the egg carton collection system which will help to curb the collecting mess, especially during a Nature Play month as we are always looking for treasures in the garden.
Each section of the carton is assigned a day and there are extra spots for the weekend, at the end of the week it gets moved to the toy box to become a permanent member of the play family he has created OR it goes in the bin and I have to tell you so far so good. We’ve ru-used and then binned a chunk of charcoal, accepted a dragon into the play family, used a pinecone to start our fire, kept some seed pods for future crafts and returned a few toys to their natural habits.
I’ve made our nature play collection egg carton as a free printable PDF so you can download and print it out A4 and with a little trimming, it will fit a standard dozen egg carton.
You will need;
A printer to print it out and some A4 paper (I used a lovely recycled paper for ecocern that matched the egg carton)
Glue or sticky tape
If you don’t glue the inside paper to the bottom of the carton you can swap it out and use the carton for activities. I have included a counting and colour match printable as well.
I would love to see if you do use this on an egg carton for your child, you can tag @wild_mountain_child or Instagram of Facebook.
Do you have a collector, how do you keep up with all their treasure?