Fall Nature Table for Children and Toddlers
Hello my loving parents,
So the past week it has been raining on and off. As much as I LOVE rainy days, my almost 3 year old does not! There is nothing for her to explore when she is trapped inside half the day…..yea we have our occasional 10 minutes of playing in the rain a few times throughout the day, but Ava’s love and need for nature is still strong on these days. Fortunately I have started to see a ton of nature tables circulating around the pinterestphere and decided to implement that in our home as well.
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Fall Nature Table for Children and Toddlers
I had a little table set up for her to put all her acorns and other nature based items on a month or two ago. However, the location of this table was not very inviting and there was no order to it, just a flat table. Two days ago, I was inspired (at 12 am) to rearrange our living room to better suit the location of the table. I added buckets and sorting bins, and even made these little Waldorf inspired acorn peg dolls for her to play with.
Needless to say, when she woke up the next morning it was like a miniature christmas! She was so excited and played at her table for most of the day! This got me thinking…With all the items she will collect throughout the year this table will change as each season changes. Which in turn gives her a better understanding of how the seasons work and what each season brings in! As you’ll notice the pumpkin, obviously that wasn’t collected on a nature walk, but feel free to really emphasize each season on the nature tables! Have as much natural material as you can, here are a few examples of what you could use:
- collected items from nature (acorns, pinecones, rocks, leaves, etc)
- twig colored pencils with paper
- seasonal nature (pumpkins, flowers, “snowflakes”, etc)
- shallow bowls with or without lids for sorting and storing
- magnify glass
- tongs, digging tools
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Although all these pictures are of a beautifully organized table, it did not stay that way for long and nor should it! This is a discovery table, meant for them to tear the leaves up, touch, smell and break things. This is where there minds are at work! My only rule is to make sure to keep nature on the table. She has a broom next to the table to clean up the floor after her time spent there. I want her to explore as much of our world as possible, even on the days when we stay indoors.
Question of the Day:
What do you have on your nature table? Let me know in the comments down below!
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Written By: Ashleigh Nicole
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