Walks and Nature Tables
“What new flowers do you see today?”
“I smell new smells in our yard today. Shall we go and find them?”
By simply taking a walk you can invite all sorts of questions! If you find treasure it’s a great way to begin a nature table. We’ve had a nature table since my boy was 1. We started simple with rocks, sticks and leaves. Now we have things like coral, bones, skulls, and teeth! We try to clear the (small) table each season to make room to observe the next one. It seems to bring a sense of seasonal rhythm into our home and it provides a space for all those treasures they will undoubtedly pick up.
A mama asked us today if that table needs to be inside. Definitely not! Plenty of families create a nature space outside.
Simple Crafts and Play
You can search Pinterest for spring crafts to your heart’s content. Here are some of my favorites!
These Simple Suncatchers are super easy to make and are actually something you can hang up. Often with toddler art it's all about the process but this project is fun to hang and it can provide plenty of opportunity for future observations. Don't forget to make your own! Kids love it when you sit down together to craft.
Rock and Stick Painting is another great way to mix art with your outside play. And these treasures also make great additions to your nature table. If you're little one is still tasting all of her toys you can simply use water with your paintbrush on rocks.
I hope you enjoy the spring season with your little ones!