For a while now I’ve been collecting links to posts on other people’s blogs that just really hit the spot with me. I have been wondering what exactly to do with these — to have a tab (when we get tabs) for links, or to post about them…
They’re piling up, though, so I thought I’d start sharing them with you before there are so many I can’t deal with them. I think I’ll post one or two once a week for a while until the list gets more reasonable.
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I love the idea of a nature table. Children just naturally want to collect little things as they meander on their walks. Instead of wracking your brains for crafts to make these things into, just have a designated place to display them.
An old table that doesn’t mind getting wet and sandy is perfect.
The fact is that children are delighted with natural objects. They see no need, usually, to use them to make other things. If they want to, fine! (And usually they don’t want to make a craft so much as a feather-fletched arrow…)
But arranging things, making little labels or drawings of them, and ordering them is quite enough activity on its own. When new things are brought in, some of the old can go out. In the end, you will have a fine collection of good specimens. A notebook to log things might appeal to an older child.
We keep some of our tiny nature treasures here along with other little memorabilia:
But a table is more practical for young children. Delicate things can be placed at the back of the table or on a shelf above it.
Here’s another source of inspiration:
Summer is a wonderful time to start a nature table or shelf. Make it humbly beautiful, teach them to keep it tidy. It will be a joy in your learning together.