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Nature Classes-Celebrating the Circle of Life

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Getting ready for my nature art classes is always very exciting.

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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.

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Finally got to hang up the Little Humbugs Forest sign today.

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This week I've been busy painting signs

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and pebbles

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and making willow and dandelion wreaths for the classes.

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Children have a natural love for all living things.

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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.

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Sit Amongst The Trees And Listen With Your Heart. (Thank you Bernie -Natural Moments, for the inspiration for this sign).

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This year the theme is all about the circle of life.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Comment by Marghanita Hughes on August 4, 2011 at 10:33am

Good Morning Penny and Suz

Thank you so much for your kind words. I feel incredibly fortunate to be able to work with children in nature. It gifts me so much joy and I am continually learning from the children. I absolutely love what I do and feel honored to have been gifted such a beautiful purpose in life, helping to reconnect children with nature. We all need nature in our lives. Thank you Sue for all that you do, you are a continued inspiration to us all. Penny- even the smallest garden, or a patio can be enchanting and bring wildlife into your life. When I lived in a top floor flat in Edinburgh I brought nature into my home and had many flower pots in the stairwell. My weekends were spent vising the Royal Botanical gardens, they became our backyard during our time in the city. I wish you and your children oodles of magical moments in nature, wherever that may be.........love and peace to you both, Marghanita.

Comment by Suz Lipman on August 2, 2011 at 7:08pm

I agree with Penny, Marghanita. (And Penny, I hope you can get your dream of living nearer to or experiencing more nature.) The setting, the artwork, the children, and the spirit that infuses your entire effort and post are beautiful and inspiring, as always. I am so grateful that you shared them us, as well as with the people around you. Thank you also for letting us know about the other special blogs and clubs.

Is that a picture of your book? Have I missed a mention of it? If you haven't already, please share in the Books and Movies topic. It looks fantastic!

http://childrenandnature.ning.com/forum/categories/books-movies-mus...

 

Cheers! And thanks again for all you do.

Comment by Penny Whitehouse on August 2, 2011 at 5:32pm

Marghanita,

This is beautiful! I want a garden just like this. I am insanely jealous. *cry*. I have been trying to convince my hubby to move (My kidlets and I need some outdoor space) but he won't hear of it in this economic climate. One. day.

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