We Learn Through Play

Playing with nature inside and outside is a big part of my day.. today I was playing with one of my little stick beings I made last month after a visit to the local farmers market.     His wizardly look came about after topping and tailing some beetroot.       The long root made the most delightful hat… …

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 …

Storytelling with Nature Video Series

Doing some prep work today for a new video series – Storytelling with Nature We investigate different cultures, landscapes, environments and all the animals, birds and insects that live in these sacred places. Offering students hours of imaginative play and creative exploration – story making with painting, sculpture, music, dance and drama. Storytelling is a fundamental form of human communication …

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 …

Storytelling is a fundamental form of human communication

We are all storytellers, sadly though, today in our fast paced technologically driven modern world, storytelling is being forgotten. That’s why I love to support organizations that help raise awareness of the importance of sharing our stories and storytelling. Last week was National Storytelling Week in the UK so today I would like to share a few little stories with …

FREE E BOOK – Orange Moon and the Grandmother Tree

Its National Storytelling Week in the UK and to celebrate I am gifting FREE copies of my ebook – Orange Moon and the Grandmother Tree. If you would like to receive a Free copy, simply share with me what you love about storytelling or why you believe storytelling is important; or share why you love trees, maybe you have a …

We are all storytellers

Your Imagination is the key to unlocking the magical stories hidden in nature And so it was, a new creative exploration began to unfold, the minute I fell in love with this enchanting little leaf … It had me spellbound, the minute I held this incredible piece of art in my hands, along with its two little companions. “The power …

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 JOY OF LEARNING

Here is part one of my latest nature art project “Telling our Stories with the Help of Nature’s Muses” – A three week joy filled learning exploration of our interconnectedness, life cycles and celebrations of all life. As Spring blooms so too do the grade one students of Khalsa Elementary School as they learn how to tell their stories orally, …