Nature tables or seasonal tables are a lovely addition to the home and classroom.
They are a place to celebrate the changing seasons, the natural cycle of the year. Our observation of what goes on in nature is sharpened when we walk outside, look carefully and take small pieces of special things back indoors with us. Our walks can become spiritual experiences.
Children love to collect beautiful natural objects and are often proud to see them displayed in a special place in the home. Let them play with there but also hold the space as sacred and special. You will foster an inner connection with nature.
1. Start with a small table, top of a bookshelf, piano, or other area in a commonly used room.
2. Vary the height of the surface-use blocks or a box. This adds levels and interest.
3. Drape the surface with cloth- silk, cotton or wool to match the colors outside of the mood of the current season. Use 1-2 colors.
4. Hang (with push pins or use a piece of cardboard or book to drape over) a color for the sky as background. You could also suspend a tree branch with string from the ceiling or anchor it in a vase.
5. Add a vase for flowers, grasses, wild things and a candle.
6. Stones and small logs of wood are nice to add next.
7. Take a walk and see what you find! Add things that are special-acorns, shells, a bird's nest, feathers, sticks, fall leaves....
8. Special toys and figures can be put there too.
9. For special celebrations you may have a themed table: Easter, Advent, Michaelmas, Birthdays, Valentines Day.
Color Ideas per season:
Spring: Yellow, Pink, Lime Green, Sky Blue
Summer: Green, Rose, Royal
Fall: Orange, Gold, Brown
Winter: White, Royal, Red
I'd love to see what you make!
These wonderful tableaux were made by Stefania @la_waziya
Ideas from the book The Nature Corner by Leeuwen and Moeslops