Getting ready for my nature art classes is always very exciting.
Of course the real magic begins when the children arrive. When children and nature mix, something magical happens.
To celebrate the International Year of the Forest, I decided to hold my nature classes in a forest setting this year.
Finally got to hang up the Little Humbugs Forest sign today.
This week I've been busy painting signs
and making willow and dandelion wreaths for the classes.
Children have a natural love for all living things.
Taking time to listen, to smell, to look up, to touch and to taste are all part of the magic and wonder when you play outdoors in nature. Children remind us of what's been forgotten, somehow lost along the way. This is one of the joys of working with children, my inner-child is ever present. I am continually learning from my own children and the children I teach.
Sit Amongst The Trees And Listen With Your Heart. (Thank you Bernie -Natural Moments, for the inspiration for this sign).
This year the theme is all about the circle of life.
The simple, fun activities are based on the spirit of sharing and caring, and connecting with our natural environment. Hopefully the children will leave feeling a sense of belonging, having discovered they too play a part in this magical web of life.
Each child will contribute a piece of their nature art to a large "Circle Of Life" tapestry that we will be constructed out of cardboard and elements from nature.
I hope to share the magical journey with you in a new book " Nature based Arts and Crafts from the Enchanted Gardens" later this year.
In the meantime I will post the childrens' favourite activities each week throughout July.
Here are just a few of my nature friends who have fabulous blogs offering wonderful ideas for playing in nature this summer: Jeanene @ Earth Boys, Jenny @ Let the Children Play, Kari @ Active Kids Club, Debi @ Go Explore Nature, Bethe @ Grass Stain Guru
Why not start a nature club, my beautiful friend Michele Whitaker started one up last year: OCPlayParks
Wishing you all lot's of fun and magical moments in nature this summer. Love and Peace, Marghanita x