Seasonal Nature Tables
A Seasonal Nature Table is a table or shelf on which items collected from nature, books, seasonal decorations, and toys are displayed in order to teach children about the natural world.
Creating a little nature table was the very first Waldorf/Montessori magic ✨ I brought into our home over 10 years ago.
We lived in a little unit apartment in Melbourne, Australia with a small wood back porch. My son was almost two and each afternoon, after his nap, we would go for a little walk around our neighbourhood and he would, as all two-year-olds do, find many nature treasures along the way: 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 and 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.
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.