Nature Play All Year Round: Investigating the Elements: Water

There was a scattering of snow left in the forest and by the lake shore offering wonderful opportunities for my special needs student to investigate the element: Water I try to have an offering for each lesson that allows for spontaneous exploration and free-flowing creative adventures. This morning Elise noticed the paint containers were full of ice, what a delightful …

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 …

Storytelling with Nature – 3 Wise Men

I have always collected fallen leaves. I press them in an old book. They lose a lot of their colour and become quite brittle but if you are gentle, they can be used for beautiful creations at anytime of the year. Working on Christmas cards, I spread a few leaves out onto my desk – 3 leaves immediately spoke to …

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 …

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 …

We are all storytellers

Your Imagination is the key to unlocking the magical stories hidden in nature And so it was, a new creative exploration began to unfold, the minute I fell in love with this enchanting little leaf … It had me spellbound, the minute I held this incredible piece of art in my hands, along with its two little companions. “The power …