Spring Nature Table

Wednesday, April 4, 2012




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Since Spring is in full bloom here in Central Texas, we created a new Nature Table display to welcome the new season.  We keep the items on a tray on our coffee table in our living room.  It is kept at my child's level to allow for play and exploration.  Placing the items on a tray, makes it easy to move it to another location when we have younger guests visit our home.

Items on the Nature Table
  • A bouquet of flowers arranged by Miss E using flowers found in our yard.   Wildflowers are a hallmark of Spring in Central Texas.
  • A vase of stems trimmed from trees and bushes in our yard.  The coming of Spring brings new green leaves adorning the trees.
  • A basket of  eggs decorated with stickers of animals that lay eggs. Go here to learn how to make blown eggs decorated with stickers.  Baby animals are often born in the Spring.
  • Photographs of wildflowers and a book about wildflowers.  I don't encourage my daughter to pick native wildflowers, so we have taken pictures of them.  
  • A bowl of seeds.  In the Spring, we plant seeds in our garden.  
My daughter has been thrilled with the items on this nature table.  By far, her favorite items are the eggs, and she has engaged in imaginative play with them creating nests and acting out the birth of baby animals.  

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The nature table encourages development by giving her opportunity to arrange, sort, pretend, scoop, pour, match, create, and tend. 

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Here is our Autumn Nature Table and Winter Nature Table.

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This post is shared at It's Playtime , Weekly Kids Co-Op and the All Year Round Spring Carnival.

14 comments:

tricia said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

This is really beautiful! And I love the new look and tag line for your blog!

Happy Whimsical Hearts said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Wonderful nature table Rebekah! I love that Miss E interacts with it so much. And I also love your new look!

Growing a Jeweled Rose said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Fantastic photos! Love the blown out eggs

Curly Birds said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

OH, I love this nature table. I've been wanting a nature table for a LONG time, but I don't really have room for another table. Genius to use a tray!

Now to make some felt flower people for it... and find the perfect tray...

Mansi said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I loved your spring nature table. It has the freshness of spring. It has a very subtle and soothing feel about it.

Meaghan said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love your nature table. We are always looking for more ideas to change our up. Thank you for sharing

Joyce said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Beautiful tray! Nature tables/trays are the best and yours looks fabulous. :)

Lorie said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

What a nice way to celebrate spring!

The Monko said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

what a lovely nature table. looks like a beautiful choice of plants. Thanks for sharing at kids co-op

sunnymama said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

What a beautiful nature table and I love how interactive it is! It would be lovely if you'd like to share this with our Spring Carnival. :)
http://sunnydaytodaymama.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/all-year-round-blog-carnival-spring.html

Zina :: Let's Lasso the Moon said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Love it! We have a nature table too. Thanks for sharing on the Kids Co-op!

Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love nature tables. I don't think I have ever had an official nature table for my daughter, but we always have flowers, rocks, pine cones, and so on somewhere in our house. I love all the things that you are doing with your daughter. You are a great teacher and she is so lucky to have you for a Mom.

Cerys @ Rainy Day Mum said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I don't know how I missed this but just found it through the All year round blog canival and it's a great idea. I tried it last month but we had a T that stole items and buried them in the sand pit

sunnymama said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thank you so much for sharing this with the spring carnival. :) I just watned to let you know I featured your post here: http://sunnydaytodaymama.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/all-year-round-week-eleven-7-spring.html

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