A nature table or seasonal table can be whatever you want it to be. Simple or elaborate. The important aspect is that the child is able to connect with the objects and the scene depicted on the table. Generally, the scene will be related to the current season or an upcoming festival or holiday. The nature table is often the focal point of a Waldorf kindergarten classroom with the scene on the table directly related to the day's activities.
Nothing is a better, soothing, more joyful activity than to bring home
bits and pieces of a day's adventure or walk and place it on the table
as a celebration of that day or season, or all. Lovely things are available
for nature table decoration, and you can make many things as well; small
dolls, gems, crystals, roving fairies, bits of found feather or sea shore
shells, pebbles, cloths, branches and flowers, or candles in the colors of the
seasons. Our table was always changing and always drew the children to
it directly upon coming home, inspired them when out and about, or indirectly
made them aware of the time of year or holiday just by it's existance in
our home. A wonderful connectedness results between child, the outer and
inner world, rhythms, and family by this simple easily incorporated lovely
ritual. -- Lynn at
Seasons Natural Toys.
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