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How to Make a Seasonal Nature Table

How to Make a Seasonal Nature Table

How to Make a Seasonal Nature Table

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.

How to:

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

Comments

  • These are beautiful! My kids and I have been attempting this every year for about three years…but your ideas are definitely going to make our nature table much better! Thank you! 😊

    Raechel on

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    I love these tables! I’ve been looking for ideas for nature tables in our classroom and love the idea of different heights/levels and using silks as a backdrop. Great ideas!!!
    Thank you for the chance to win, we have yet to buy any play silks but have been eyeing them for quite some time.

    Tamara on

  • Those are beautiful! And it looks like a great way to honor and display found treasures from multiple kids of different ages – yes, your brother found a bluejay feather, and here is your awesome striped rock! :-)

    Barbara Lapointe on

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