Nurturing an intimate relationship with nature (Trees)

Continuing our investigation of the spirit of nature, we delved deeper into our relationship with trees. By allowing students to choose their own tree, they feel an instant connection. They can feel the texture of the tree, watch it swaying in the wind. They can explore the birds and insects that live in and around the tree. Today we learned about Canadian …

Creativity now is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status.” – Sir Ken Robinson

I just recently watched a short video : HOW SOCIETY KILLS YOUR CREATIVITY (You can view the video for yourself by following the link at the bottom of the page). Here is an excerpt from the article written by ALANNA KETLER in the Collective Evolution. “In many cases, the school system doesn’t celebrate gifts in the realm of art, music, poetry etc. Rather, the …

The Power of Nature Play – Once Upon a Time

Imaginations flourish outdoors in nature Nature provides the best environment for creative adventures with found objects. A few sticks, flowers, pebbles, rocks and twine…can offer a child of any age hours of creative fun and learning opportunities. Nature gifts the most beautiful organic open-ended materials for all sorts of creative exploration. Storytelling with nature One of my favourite nature based art activities for children …

Interview with Tom Shea – The Importance of Play

What an absolute delight it was to meet Tom Shea in person. He reminds me of a playful wizard – infact I can see him morphing into one of my children’s book characters one day. With over 40 years experience in child care it comes as no surprise that this beautiful soul understands the needs of young children. Specializing in 0-7 …

The Beauty of a Moment

Over the course of the next few months I will be writing and illustrating a new book for my children’s book series Orange Moon. I have had so much fun with my Orange Moon doll that I intend to tell part of the story through her adventures, infusing photography into the illustrated book. As with all my books, I will be incorporating …

Happy Spring Beautiful People

I would like to share one of my favourite poems with you on this sacred new day – the birth of Spring. (Even in the city I manage to find a crowd of golden daffodils – watch the video) I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud by William Wordsworth I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o’er vales and …

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 and how all things work together. Planting, …

Nature play awakens our senses, minds and hearts

We can never be whole, in harmony, balanced, unless every part of us is healthy – body, mind and spirit – if we only educate the mind we are not whole, there is an emptiness that we need to fill. By stepping outside, nature can help nurture harmony and balance which in turn lead to happiness. Nature nurtures the soul, …

Slow down

Many of us feel over worked, over whelmed and stressed out; experiencing a real sense of disconnection with the natural world. When we feel like this its a sign to look at our priorities and make some changes. As we rush through our lives, it’s easy to lose focus on what is really important. Yesterday, I took time out to sketch …

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 …