Create a Nature Display for Kids

Create a Nature Display for ChildrenI believe both Waldorf and Montessori teaching methods encourage you to create a space where your children can display their nature finds. When I first read about the idea I have to admit I wasn't thrilled with the idea of one of my shelves being filled with the millions of items my daughter finds outside and drags in but I took a deep breath and gave her the space. It's now one of my favorite places in my home. At any given time, I will walk by and find something new. Acorn caps, feathers, shells have all made their appearance, but this weekend the ultimate find was on display. The skeletal remains of a rodent that were found in an owl pellet. We had gone to a nature presentation about birds of prey last weekend and one of the activities for the children was dissecting an owl pellet. My daughter scored with hers and found a large number of bones. What cracks me up (and also makes me realize how important a nature display space is for a child's creativity) is how my daughter displayed her find. Bones were arranged on doilies according to her own category system.

Create a Nature Display for ChildrenMy daughter always brags that she's good at science and art because her daddy's a scientist and her mama's a designer and I think she has driven her point home with this latest project, don't you? Do you have a nature display place in your house? What's there today?

4 Responses to Create a Nature Display for Kids

  1. Kim says:

    We love our nature table. It is always fun to switch it up each season and watch as new things are added and taken away. Love how your little one is showcasing her find, very cool.

    Enjoy your weekend.

  2. Art House Mum says:

    Yes, such a perfect mix of scientist and designer!  Imagine the things she'll create in the coming years…  I'm afraid that our latest nature walk collection remains in a pile outside the back door…  Still, we did a lot of talking on the walk 😉  grace

  3. Lina says:

    Skeletal remains of a rodent.. eewww! But love how she preciously displayed it all categorically!  

    We have had nature tables in the past. This post is a nice reminder to designate a space in our new house. Right now we have dried autumn leaves strewn around the house, some rocks, as well as some lavender we picked from a neighbourhood park. 

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