Seasonal Nature Tables

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The Seasonal Nature Table displays items collected from nature, books, seasonal decorations, and toys to teach children about the natural world.

Over 10 years ago, I brought the very first Waldorf/Montessori magic ✨ into our home by creating a little nature table.

We lived in a little unit apartment in Melbourne, Australia with a small wood back porch. My son and I would go for a little walk around our neighbourhood. It was each afternoon, after his nap, when he was almost two. He would, as all two-year-olds do, find many nature treasures along the way. Like gumnuts 🌰 , rocks 🪨 , stones, shells 🐚, coloured leaves🍃 , feathers 🪶 and flowers 🌸. We’d arrive home with pockets filled and carefully place each treasure on display on our little table.

Over the years our table has evolved. It changed with the time, place and seasons. But the basic intention has remained the same. Revere in wonder at the beauty found in the smallest seed. The most ordinary rock or the most quaint of flowers. To set aside a little place in our home to capture the essence of the outside world.

Seasonal Nature Tables

Last week on my Instagram account @meaganrosewilson we spoke all about nature tables. One of the highlights of the week was the Reel showing you how we transitioned from our Spring to Early Summer nature table.

Meagan Wilson is a parent educator and author of the now-retired seasonal series of Whole Family Rhythms. After finishing a BA, she went on to complete her Foundations in Steiner Education and Anthroposophy at Sydney Steiner College, as well as her Waldorf Early Childhood Certification at the Rudolf Steiner Centre in Toronto. She has received her certification as a Simplicity Parenting Family Life Coach and has supported hundreds of parents to create a strong family rhythm unique to their own values and culture. She has four young children. Meagan provides resources, support and information to parents who are looking for a bridge to cross between their unique family life and their children’s (often but not always) Waldorf schools.


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