Creativity blossoms in play

Play isn’t just for kids – I am constantly playing with loose parts found in nature. Fallen leaves morph into my “Three Wise Men” …dry grasses and renmants of Autumn make the most delightful angel dresses… Creativity blossoms in play Outdoors in nature – we are surrounded by loose parts such as fallen branches, leaves, feathers, rocks, pebbles, driftwood, seeds …

Let’s Make Nature Play Every Day

Winter offers new investigations regarding the trees. We began our lesson by noticing the trees that were evergreen, like the giant Ponderosa Pine trees. We stopped to admire these friendly giants. Elise remembered the bird nests we built with the pine needles last week. Play… Moving about keeps us warm during these cooler winter days. Elise loves owls and so we …

Once Upon a Time…

Storytelling with Nature: Once upon a time their was a little Dragon… Children learn out of interest and curiosity. Elise is one of the special needs students I am working with this year. During our one to one session last week, she drew a dragon cloud in one of her paintings and told me she loved friendly dragons, so in …

Rudolph, Rain and Rainbows

We were making deer this week as they are frequent visitors to the garden and the forest at the back of the property. The family of deer and their young pass through the forest and garden every day, we don’t always see them but they do leave us clues of their visit. The deer represents many things to different cultures; …

Nature Art Therapy – Cat and Broomstick Magic

Down at the lake we searched for driftwood branches to make into broomsticks. Elise led the hunt, finding 3 and finally choosing the perfect one. We collected water from the lake to mix our powder earth paints. Elise loves this activity, collecting the water offers an opportunity to observe the lake and the rhythms of the water, the sounds, the ripples, …

Let the Forest Echo with Laughter

This simple sign has followed me for the past 9 years. Popping up at all the different forest locations, I have had the privilege of running nature art classes, each one unique, offering infinite learning opportunities for the students, young and old.   The sign seems right at home in it’s new location, the forest hill at the back of …

5 fun activities to do outdoors this weekend

Autumn and Spring (depending on where you are in the world) offer infinite possibilities for creative exploration with nature; fallen leaves morph into meaningful works of art, fallen branches make great dens to hide in or little companions to play with….Here are a few simple nature-based art activities that you and your family/ students of all ages can have fun …

Artists and Nature

My desk is always messy, especially with all the treasure I find in nature; horse chestnuts become conkers, fallen leaves morph into little crowns. However, this week it’s even messier, after a visit to the local library. I love visiting the library! I love books! I found a most delightful book on the wonderful abstract artist Paul Klee ” Life and …

Nature Art – Sensory Play

Today’s focus was on Trees – colour, texture, shape, leaves, seeds… We began down at the lake – bark rubbing Elise is one of the special needs students I am fortunate to be working with this year. We learn together through nature play! We then headed back up to the wooded area at the back of the garden, gathering fallen …

Nature Art Therapy

During our one to one nature art therapy sessions – I have the privilege of playing and creating, learning and growing with this beautiful child. Elise is one of my special needs students that I am working with this year. I cannot express the joy she is gifting me as we get creative with nature. Playful Sensory Experiences Yesterday, our …