Thursday, October 10, 2013

an autumn nature table

I love the idea of a nature table:  a special place to display natural treasures found outdoors.  The objects on the table change with the seasons, reflecting and celebrating the rhythm of the year.  Some nature tables I've seen are more whimsical than others, but either way, they instill a sense of wonder in children and adults alike.

When Elise woke up from her nap to find the leaves, seeds, and pebbles we collected on our morning walk carefully arranged, she was so excited and fascinated!  She spent the rest of the afternoon exploring the nature table with all of her senses.  I wasn't sure if any of the leaves or seeds were edible, so I did have to place some limit on her sense of taste!

I actually decided not to get out the camera because I didn't want to interrupt Elise's experience, so I'll close with a photo from our walk instead...

^The Yellowstone River is the longest undammed river in the lower 48 states, 
and we're lucky enough to live just a few minutes away!^  

Here's to a weekend full of adventure!

Have you set up a nature table?  I'd love to pick up some tips and inspiration for next time!  Please share your experience in the comments, or if you've posted about it, share your link!   


  1. I really enjoyed reading your post as I was preparing for mine - I made a sensory tub for Sixtine a couple days ago and she plays with it every day. Elise is one very lucky little girl! It is nice to see the different gems that you have over there. They look so fresh - I find it hard to keep these from withering.

    1. I can't wait to see what you prepared for Sixtine! Our leaves dry out, too, but I just keep replacing them.


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