HOW TO GET INTIMATE WITH NATURE IN THE CITY

“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder… he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.” – Rachel Carson The truth is young children are naturally intimate with nature. The problem is a young child cannot venture out to …

VITAMIN N CHALLENGE

The Children and Nature Network invited me to take the Vitamin N challenge as one of the challenge bloggers and social networkers to help connect children families and communities to the natural world. Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life, Richard Louv’s new book, was written to encourage widespread, diverse and accessible action to nature. Richard states, “It’s not …

Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything

Getting Intimate with Nature We lack an intimacy with nature – children’s opportunity for direct and spontaneous contact with nature is a vanishing experience of childhood, partly due to the fact that we as adults rarely get intimate with nature. “Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.”. Carl Sagan During my walk last Saturday I came …

What do you get when you mix nature, children and art?

Q: What do you get when you mix nature, children and art? A: Happy, healthy children engaging creatively with nature. In this nature art class we were learning about Owls and their habitat, however we will keep the lesson plan for another day. Today I will share with you how you can provide an opportunity for creative nature play with just a …

We are all branches from the same tree

“If we are to create peace in our world, we must begin with our children.” Mahatma Gandhi The students give new life to a fallen branch with the help of their creative imagination. The fallen branch was once part of a living tree – which is a story in itself. A tree can represent the shared roots and branches of every …

Happy Summer

‘There’s a revolution that needs to happen and it starts from inside each one of us. We need to wake up and fall in love with Earth.’ Thich Nhat Hanh I can’t think of a more magical time than right now during the summer months to reawaken that deep-rooted connection we all have with nature. Here are 5 magical and enchanting activities …

Happy Fathers Day

My father gifted my 3 brothers and I a lifetime of treasured memories immersed in nature. He taught me how to climb a tree, hunt for agates and discover the magic- hidden in a chrysalis. He instilled in me, a deep love and repsect for the natural world which led me on this sacred journey of helping others rediscover the …

Engaging a Child’s Imagination

Inviting all kindergartens, schools, playgroups, educators, parents, grandparents to join us for the  International Build a Fairy House and Den Week 2016, from June 21 to June 28! With a mission to help raise awareness of the importance of nature and creativity in a child’s life. Download your FREE FAIRY HOUSE & DEN BUILDING BOOKLET here: http://educatingheartnatureart.com/fairy-house-download/ “Creativity is as important …

Why Nature Art Matters

CHILDREN NEED TO BE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO FALL IN LOVE WITH NATURE Children’s emotional and affective values of nature develop earlier than their abstract, logical and rational perspectives (Kellert 2002). We need to allow children to develop their biophilia, their love for the Earth, before we ask them to save it. Here is a beautiful and magical way for …

NATURE ART PROGRAM

Are you that teacher that wishes to connect your students to Mother Earth’s Heart? Watch the video: Or that parent or individual that would like to start up your very own nature art camp? Why not try the short introductory course We would love you to join us this month: NATURE ART PROGRAM Heres what others have been saying from around …