Nature Art Therapy – Cat and Broomstick Magic

Down at the lake we searched for driftwood branches to make into broomsticks. Elise led the hunt, finding 3 and finally choosing the perfect one. We collected water from the lake to mix our powder earth paints. Elise loves this activity, collecting the water offers an opportunity to observe the lake and the rhythms of the water, the sounds, the ripples, …

TAKE A BREAK FROM TECHNOLOGY

It’s the weekend – time for me to Unplug! Why not take a break from technology and spend sometime in nature this weekend. I have selected a few videos and posts to inspire…. Even in the city we can get intimate with nature – watch the video: Take a hike – visit your local regional park – watch the video: …

NATURE ART WEEKEND – SPRING AWAKENING

Butterfly Love – this is one of my favourite workshops where we become butterflies – a creative journey exploring the life cycle of a butterfly through music, art and drama. We do not become writers…dancers…musicians…helpers…peacemakers. We came as such. We are. As soon as you put on the wings – something magical happens! There is nothing more beautiful than to …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …