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 …

FREE FOREST FAIRY DOLL GIVEAWAY

It is St Patricks Day this Saturday…to celebrate we’re giving away a FREE Forest Fairy – Nika the rock hunter…she’s our green butterfly forest fairy. Ireland is called the ‘Emerald Isle’  –  Emerald Isle is the poetic name for Ireland due to its green countryside, what a magical name don’t you think! I love the colour green, there are so …

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 …

Keep close to Nature’s heart

“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” – John Muir We have lost our intimacy with nature My love affair with trees began in childhood. Climbing up into the welcoming arms of the silver birch in our back garden was probably …

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 …

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 …