August 06, 2018 51 Comments

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


51 Responses

Valerie Symonds
Valerie Symonds

August 09, 2018

Love this idea! Thanks for the inspiration!

Julia Shuen
Julia Shuen

August 08, 2018

This is a fabulous idea ♡ We had a little Nature Corner with the treasures my children found in the woods before our recent move. This is a whole new level to help us deepen our connection to the seasons. I’d love to help my children set up a whole new shelf space like this, especially during this unsettling time of moving to a new city— Be intentional with the natural items to place, and honor my children’s innate reverence for Mother Nature. Most importantly, help to preserve their sense of wonder in changing seasons ♡

Cassie
Cassie

August 08, 2018

This is lovely! I’m feeling inspired. Thanks for the step-by-step guide to make it happen!

Rachel
Rachel

August 08, 2018

I love putting together our nature table scenes but this blog post reminds me to keep it simple! Thank you! Sometimes I over think it. ;)

Rachel
Rachel

August 08, 2018

I love putting together our nature table scenes but this blog post reminds me to keep it simple! Thank you! Sometimes I over think it. ;)

April
April

August 08, 2018

I LOVE this simple, beautiful idea. I know children take delight in finding these things and how wonderful to have a beautiful display. Also, thank you for the giveaway. I’ve wanted some scarves so bad, but we just can’t afford them right now.

Mallory
Mallory

August 08, 2018

Love this idea! My daughter is always collecting things from outside and I’m sure she would be so proud to see them displayed in our home.

Stacie
Stacie

August 07, 2018

The silks add a fun element to the nature table. I love it!

Julia
Julia

August 07, 2018

Really fun. This would be a big improvement on the random findings of rocks n things throughout the house. Do you do the decorating or let the children?

Ginia Black
Ginia Black

August 07, 2018

Oo, we’ve been collecting nature items, but this is a way better way to display them!

Alex Goode
Alex Goode

August 07, 2018

These are so beautiful!! What a great use for play silks! And I love your nature tables! So lovely!! 😍

Lalania OConnor
Lalania OConnor

August 07, 2018

Our nature table sits in front of the window so the sky is the sky :) We love the couple of silks we own. They are used constantly.

Sasha
Sasha

August 07, 2018

I am so excited to set up a nature table! I have been experimenting with a few peg dolls to make season gnomes! ♡

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

August 07, 2018

We are just in the process of setting up our nature table…and we just love your playsilks!

Susan Bosk
Susan Bosk

August 07, 2018

We do a nature table/scene and it is a lovely part of our home and my two daughters childhood! They sometimes request certain scenes ( a popular request is Elsa beskows children of the forest) … or as we celebrate holidays or change of seasons Sometimes it is all things they collect in nature and sometimes is more elaborate (as I enjoy the process!) we absolutely love it!

Gemma Foster
Gemma Foster

August 07, 2018

Love this! We use the top of a book shelf. We display seasonal books, nature finds and small felt figures we make. The only thing missing are the play silks! We would love to own some of your beautiful play silks!

Amber
Amber

August 07, 2018

I would love to set up a nature table! I have always loved the idea of one!

Reanna
Reanna

August 07, 2018

So beautiful. Looking forward to building season scapes for my son when he’s a bit older

Crissy
Crissy

August 07, 2018

We do a lot of sensory and nature bins

Diana P
Diana P

August 07, 2018

This is wonderful. Thank you for this.

Ray-Ann Miller
Ray-Ann Miller

August 07, 2018

I am learning to create nature tables in my toddler room. A play silk would be such a lovely and valuable addition. Thank you for sharing your ideas.

Emily
Emily

August 07, 2018

Lovely ideas! Have been wondering how to implement this for my children while baby proofing, I think on top of the piano is the answer!

Lauren
Lauren

August 06, 2018

What a great idea! My kids would love this!

Kelly
Kelly

August 06, 2018

Beautiful way to encourage curiosity in nature

Amanda
Amanda

August 06, 2018

I found the most perfect table at a thrift store to do this… I am so grateful to have come across this post.

Donna G.
Donna G.

August 06, 2018

We used to have one my daughter loved to put treasures on, but have fallen out of the habit. Thank you for
the inspiration to bring this wonder back into our lives

Sara S.
Sara S.

August 06, 2018

Sauce a beautiful way to bring the outside in! 💖💖

Diana
Diana

August 06, 2018

This is lovely. I love the different heights and textures as they’re very appealing to the eye. The hanging branch is my favorite piece! Thank you for these wonderful ideas.

Tara Carter
Tara Carter

August 06, 2018

Our family is transitioning to include more awareness of the cycle of the year and we did do a nature table for spring this year but did little to change it over for summer. :( My youngest has big plans for Fall and I am excited to see what she puts together. Baby steps, right? :) Your post was full of delightful inspiration! The way you incorporated the branches was delightful! Thank you

Darla
Darla

August 06, 2018

Really creative use of branches. I like how you tied the silk to the branch! :)

Lindsay Gilmore
Lindsay Gilmore

August 06, 2018

Looking forward to celebrating all seasons in our new home state of Connecticut. Our children love to collect nature treasures & show them off to friends & family. Our new nature table will be a wonderful addition to our new home. Looking forward to building a new tradition!

Megan Lane
Megan Lane

August 06, 2018

What gorgeous displays! Our nature table is so plain compared to these lovely creations. We would love to win some silks to jazz up our space!

Megan Schellman
Megan Schellman

August 06, 2018

This is my first year homeschooling and I’d love to start a nature table. Thanks for the inspiration. I’d love to win some scarves! 💕

Samantha Shapiro
Samantha Shapiro

August 06, 2018

Love this and am planning to make one in our new home! We find many treasures and would love to have them on display in such a lovely fashion.

Mercy Fritz
Mercy Fritz

August 06, 2018

Beautiful! We used to have nature tables, but after we moved last fall i’ve Yet to get into the groove of it again. I’ll have to start again soon. <3

Taylor Scutaru
Taylor Scutaru

August 06, 2018

Ok I absolutely LOVE this idea!! Not only is it an adorable visual way to learn about the seasons but also encourages kids to get out in nature & participate in the seasons

Kelly Zakrajsek
Kelly Zakrajsek

August 06, 2018

Your playsilks are amazing! Having them for every season would be a fabulous addition to our house! ❤️

Jess Parks Turcotte
Jess Parks Turcotte

August 06, 2018

Bookmarking this post! My daughter adores her rainbow play silk (plays with it daily & sleeps with it, too). I need to grow our play silk stash!

Meghan
Meghan

August 06, 2018

Thank you for the inspiration! I can’t wait to start a nature table with my own children as well as my kindergarteners.

Allison H
Allison H

August 06, 2018

We do not have a nature table, but I’d love to start one. Thank you for all the information! This will be a great way for my son to express himself.

Eliyah
Eliyah

August 06, 2018

I have been interested in setting up a nature table with silks for my small children! I would love to win this!!

Alison
Alison

August 06, 2018

Our nature table could use some sprucing up with new playsilks!

Sara
Sara

August 06, 2018

What a beautiful idea! I have a bureau that would be ideal for this!!

Amy
Amy

August 06, 2018

This autumn will be our very first season to have a nature table! My daughter is 3 and so excited at the idea! She started collecting acorns already! I adore the idea of a special place in our home to honor nature’s beauty. This going to beta wonderful tradition in our little family and through our homeschooling journey when the time comes. Thank so much for a chance win some silks….what a blessing and a treasure they will be!

Jessica C
Jessica C

August 06, 2018

This is the coolest idea! We don’t have one but definitely are going to put something together. Thank you so much for the ideas of how to get started! ❤️

Tara
Tara

August 06, 2018

I always want to try this, but needed a good resource to use as reference. Now i have one.

Emily
Emily

August 06, 2018

Such a wonderful idea! We are always bringing our nature finds inside and I’d love to create a space that honors our treasures.

Jenn
Jenn

August 06, 2018

These are enchanting! Now I know what to do with the empty alcove in our new house!

Raechel
Raechel

August 06, 2018

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! 😊

Tamara
Tamara

August 06, 2018

I love
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.

Barbara Lapointe
Barbara Lapointe

August 06, 2018

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! :-)

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