FRIDAY FOREST FUN – Bows and Arrows

Nature and Art are essential for the developing child The exercises we follow in our nature program are designed to engage mind, body and spirit, which in turn helps the child, grow into a whole being. The spirit needs to be recognized, nourished, encouraged; the imagination needs space and seeds of wonder to nurture, and the body needs fresh air …

GROWING UP IN HARMONY WITH NATURE

Froebel believed play was a necessary element in educating the “whole” child allowing them to use all their imaginative powers and physical movements to explore his interests. He stated, “Play is the highest expression of human development in childhood, for it alone is the free expression of what is in a child’s soul.” Yesterday at Educating the Heart with Nature Art we were making …

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 …

The Blending of Colours

This morning I was gifted the presence of a rather exquisite being. His vibrant colours popped out among the new growth of spring foliage. I love colour! The pheasants colours were mesmerizing. The deep vibrance of his head and neck colours complementing the blending of his body plumage colours, created a living, walking masterpiece. The main colour of his body is a …

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 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 …

Nature In the City

My little travelling companions were delighted to find poppies – these will make this most adorable little friends for the fairies to play with. Just 2 minutes off the busy High Street we found this wonderful green space, gifting time to reflect. Peace, joy and imaginative play become life’s constant companions when the heart is open to the benefits of nature. …

Respond to every call that excites your spirit

“Respond to every call that excites your spirit.” – Rumi And so I did – nature is forever calling our spirit to come and play….to dance and sing and create… The golden amber and rusty earth tones of the Beech leaves danced in the winter sun. Creating a glow that could not be ignored. The gentle breeze swirled it’s way …

The Wonder of Nature

Look with your heart and you’ll find the wonder of earth magic in every natural creation. These incredible delicate flowers – the Chinese Lantern plant ( Physalis alkekeng) -papery bright-orange lantern pods that develop around the ripening fruit had me jumping with excitement yesterday. The intricate detail in the almost lace-like form of the rotting lantern had me spellbound. Holding a …