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, …

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 …

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 …

Playful Nature Art

Nature Art is Playful, Simple, Beautiful and Organic Meet Rufus, one of my Rosehip Beings I created today. I love the ready made crowns that appear on these rustic looking rosehips – making it the perfect head for a little Prince or Princess – simply adorable. There was a hint of Autumn in the air as I walked past the rose bushes. The delicate rose …

Why Nature Art Matters

CHILDREN NEED TO BE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO FALL IN LOVE WITH NATURE Children’s emotional and affective values of nature develop earlier than their abstract, logical and rational perspectives (Kellert 2002). We need to allow children to develop their biophilia, their love for the Earth, before we ask them to save it. Here is a beautiful and magical way for …

Storytelling with Nature Art : Stick People

The Importance of Communication in a Digital World. Remembering who and what we are through storytelling in nature, with nature. WATCH THE VIDEO: “Nature inspires creativity in a child by demanding visualization and the full use of the senses” Richard Louv – Last Child in the Woods FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY – PURCHASE YOUR BOOKLET PDF HERE  ONLY $9.99 …