Wishing you a Magical and Enchanting Christmas

Wishing all you beautiful souls, a Magical and Enchanting Christmas with your loved ones. One of the most precious gifts you can give is your time. The holiday season offers plenty of opportunities to play outdoors in nature with your loved ones, friends, neighbors. Go barefoot – just for a few seconds or sit around an open fire… Create some …

Nature Art – Anytime of the Year

Elise, my special needs student leads the way – she knows the path well now, jumping over boulders and large roots. Children are natural explorers We walk slowly observing and listening. We climb the rocks and jump over driftwood and experiment with sticks, rocks, pinecones and the frost. We say thank you for all the natural items we collect and …

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 …