Our Hungry Caterpillar

  As a children’s author and illustrator of children’s books, I will often begin an art therapy session for my special needs students with a picture book. This week, I couldn’t resist the classic “The Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carl. I love the simplicity of the illustrations, especially the segmented form of the caterpillar….which led me to create this little driftwood …

Nurturing the Child’s Creative Spirit

Continuing my sessions on Storytelling with Nature with special needs student Elise, we investigated what the animals and birds need in order to survive – shelter, water and food. (Post on Habitat will follow) Having made clay and paper-mache models of the main book characters (fox, crow, rabbit and owl), Elise wished to take them into the forest to help …

Friday Fun with the Forest Fairies

The Forest Fairies love hanging out with their giant friends – the Ponderosa Pines!   “To climb a tree is for a child to discover a new world” – Froebel   Let the Forest Echo with Laughter Once More…   Learning through play, exploration and discovery is an essential part of early years education. Imagine…   Outdoor learning involving nature …

Storytelling with Nature

Had oodles of fun today in the snow recording a new video session for Storytelling with Nature. Can you guess what storybook we were sharing today – it features a Crow as the main character and all his forest friends and involves snow and fire?   The students (both young and old) love making the characters out of clay and …

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 …

Magical Monday

Don’t you just love when days flow so organically that you feel you are floating in a dream. Today was one of those days. I awoke to find treasure scattered all around the garden. The wild winds the night before had left a carpet of pine cones, a small offering of tiny twigs, seeds and a few long stem flowers …

Deeply Rooted – We Are One

When we reawaken to the wonders of nature, we feel a new lease of life. We begin to feel happier and healthier. “We Inter-breath with the rain forests, we drink from the oceans. They are part of our own body” – Thich Nhat Hanh As our love affair (intimacy) with the natural world deepens, so too, does our understanding of …

Play, Learn and Grow with Nature

Once upon a time there was a little tomato seed…     Today I was doodling some of the many wonderful experiences children encounter when growing their very own vegetables and flowers.     Every child should grow at least one sunflower and one tomato plant     The garden is a great environment for children to understand the cycle of life …

Happy first day of March!

Each month gifts endless opportunities to explore and create outdoors in nature. The birth of Spring unfolds in March, gifting longer, warmer days to play outdoors. Fallen branches are easier to find now that the snow has finally melted and snow drops, daffodils and crocuses offer delightful colour, texture and scent to our nature play and creations. One of our favourite …

The Power of Imagination – Soup, Bugs and Journals

Imagination stirs in nature… The students decided they would make soup. The giant tractor tire became the cooking pot. The students gathered cones, grasses and wildflowers to add to their bubbling soup. Later the tire became a sailing boat and then a witches couldron. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire …