Fun ways to bring real 3 dimensional nature experiences into your child’s home & learning experiences:
1. FROM THE OCEAN:
Start a sea glass, shell and a stone collection. Spend more time walking along the beach and begin searching for interesting objects to collect. Get fun containers to put these special collections on display, for small hands to continue touching and creating shapes or use them to barter with. You will find there are endless uses for these special objects and eventually they may become apart of your own garden! Children will love adding to the collection for years to come. My grown kids still pick up objects and gift them to me as we walk. It is a feeling of joy receiving these gifts they are still giving!
2. FROM THE FOREST:
Spend time gathering cones, leaves and interesting objects from the forest to have on hand for creating objects and seasonal decorations with. The more crafts made with collected nature items, the more little hands begin touching and experiencing the trees and elements around them. These items can be stored in containers that grab their attention and may spark projects we haven’t even thought of. One favorite is using them to make prints or homemade paper!
3. FROM YOUR GARDEN:
As your garden goes to seed have little fingers gather larger seeds that can become a collection to use in art or store to plant next year. The young adult Lindstrom children will now suggest it’s time to plant the flowers if they notice it hasn’t been done yet! Each time it is a reminder of our shared experience.
4. A TALKING STICK FROM THE BEACH OR TREE:
Have your kids gather an interestingly shape stick that is 6 inches long and 1 to 2 inches thick. Teach them how to use embroidery thread and begin wrapping the stick changing colors every 1/2 inch. This would result in 12 bands of color of their choosing. Encourage them to leave some stick showing at end with a long string hanging down at the end of the stick they finish with. Have them use this string handing down to add rocks, sea glass, shells or crystals. Now you and your children have a talking stick to use to resolve differences!
5. FROM THE MINERALS:
Begin to take your children to the Science Shop and let them start a mineral collection, or go to the library and get a book on minerals to identify any found in your area. If young children start a collection for them. Put them into a see through container that will allow them to become fascinated by them and want to touch and run their hands through them. Grow their collection and begin to share the values or qualities that the minerals have. For example a black stone usually has a grounding quality.
- All these activities can be used for counting and making shapes.
- A favorite task teachers have for children is creating pasting 100 items to construction paper!
Living in Nature’s Love by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement since 2000