Nature Art Therapy: Making Music

As we walked along the pebbled beach, we listened to the water, lapping and splashing. We listened to the sound of the small rocks moving ever so slightly beneath our feet. The frost (like a glue) had stuck them together.

Elise investigated the frozen leaves and gathered a few feathers to put in her basket. My basket was full of empty jars.

We poked at the stones with sticks to loosen them and threw the stones into the lake and made our own music…splish, splash, plop!

“We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.”

We took turns to gather water from the lake to fill our empty glass jars.

Elise filled each jar with a different amount of water so each jar would create a different sound when tapped with a stick.

Each of the jars had a different tone when hit with the stick, the jar with the most water had the lowest tone while the jar with the least water had the highest.


We heard ducks land on the lake so we went to get a closer look.

The sounds in nature are magical, mystical and something Elsie could not experience indoors. These multi-sensory experiences are incredibly therapeutic for Elise. Being creative in these magical spaces, helps nurture a love for the natural world; and allows Elsie to express herself creatively, at her own pace, in a relaxed and calming environment.

All sounds of the earth are like music

Watching the ducks swim away we decided to make some more music.

Bell Shakers

First, we had to hunt for a piece of driftwood, then we simply attached a bell using twine and we used a piece of ribbon to attach a feather Elsie had found.

Laughter is timeless. Imagination has no age. And dreams are forever. Walt Disney

Elise invited me to play. Her bellshaker had become a little person…

As we played, a dog appeared. Woof Woof

He offered yet more excitement, his collar had discs that jingled, making a sound very similar to our bell shakers.

Leaving the lake, the whispering wind carried another mystical sound – a crow cawing – Elise spotted  it perched on the top of a pole…what a magical sound to complete our little musical adventure.

Infusing nature art into the curriculum not only offers infinite learning opportunities, it brings the joy of learning back into the classroom and reunites our children with the natural world. If you would like to learn more about our Nature Art Program please visit NATURE ART

Elise is one of the special needs students I have the privilege of working with. You can follow our journey here: Nature Art Therapy




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