During the winter season here, we don't really have snow. Or nice weather either. It's usually rain, and especially now that I have to use a wheelchair, it means that we stay indoors a lot more than during the summer.
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Even during the periods of the year where we spend more time indoors, I want to expose my child to nature and it's beauty. One of the ways I like to do that is by creating a simple nature table. By taking some of the outdoors inside, I try to expose my kiddo to some beautiful, natural elements.
Preparing a table like this only takes a few moments, but I love to watch my son examine the different objects I present to him.
What you need to create a nature table
I always put our nature table together on a table/level that my son can reach. We have a table and chair set that I use. I also love this children's sized table from ikea!
When choosing the objects to place on the table, I tend to focus on items from the particular season. Items that are on hand at the moment, objects from the backyard and garden, and bowls, spoons, accessories etc that are also made from natural materials.
A few ideas for your own nature table could include:
- Children's sized table
- Pine cones
- A cloth or silk to place on the table
- Coloured, glass bottles or vases
- A spoon
- Leaves, fruit, vegetables
For our table, I had a set of three glass bottles. You can't see it so well in this photo, but I love how the sun shines on the bottles, leaving a green tint on the table!
I also included a pitcher with a few gold coloured beads and two small cups to practice pouring.
I also added a bowl of chestnuts and a spoon. Spooning is a fabulous pre-writing work that develops fine motor skills, hand eye coordination, strengthens muscles in the hand, and pencil grasp among other skills.
Lastly, Y ended up finding a different work I had set up for our winter practical life shelves - pouring white beans (representing snow). He got the bucket and placed it on the table. He ended up breaking up some of the branches from the table and added them to the beans.
More Winter Themed Activities
December winter table/play dough invitation
January practical life activities
Penguin shape printables
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