As a child I used to make rowanberry necklaces at the end of summer holidays and in the beginning of the school year. My school was 10min walking distance from my house and I always walked through a park where there were a lot of rowan trees giving beautiful red berries.
Together with my friends, we used to pick-up the most beautiful berries to make little jewellery for us or our dolls :) I also remember that we did some crafts with the berries at school to improve our fine motor skills.
This autumn we went for a 4 day family trip to Montreal, Mont Tremblant and Montebello. The weather was gorgeous and we did a lot of walking in different parks and in the mountains. And we saw a lot of rowan trees!
So when I told my daughter that she could actually make ‘things’ from these beautiful red rowan berries, she couldn’t wait to be back home. Finally we decided to make a necklace and she did it all on her own! She loves all kinds of fine motor activities and she was really delighted when I told her she would use a real needle. I helped her with the thread and after a few minutes the necklace was ready. I can’t tell you how proud she was!
While making the necklace, you can also do a lot of different activities with your kids: count the berries before you start, count the ones already used, etc. If you have different sizes of berries, then you can divide them in groups and count them too. When the necklace is ready, you can also use it to make different shapes, etc. Be creative and have fun! :)
What you need
- rowan berries
How to make it
DIY rowanberry necklace – fine motor skills activity for kids