What is a Nature Table and why do you see them in most Waldorf classrooms and in the homes of families who value Waldorf education? What purpose do they serve and why should you create one?
The "what" of Nature Tables is simple; they are a collection of natural objects gathered from outside and arranged for educational or display purposes inside. The objects included in a nature table can vary widely but may include things like rocks, shells, feathers, leaves, pinecones, flowers, and other items you find while walking outside.
The "why" of Nature Tables is up to you. The most basic purpose of nature tables is to add a bit of magic and wonder to the home or classroom. They lift our spirits and remind us that something bigger is going on, as they're a great way to acknowledge and connect to what's happening outside. But there is no one correct reason for having a nature table, and there are many ways to approach it.
A nature table could be:
Here are some ideas for creating your nature table, but there really is no right or wrong way of doing things. It's important to connect with your own "why" for having a nature table and go from there.
Seasonal Colour Ideas
Spring: Lemony yellow, light pink, light green, sky Blue, and creamy white.
Summer: Verdant green, rose, robin's egg blue, butterscotch yellow and poppy flower red.
Fall: Fiery orange, gold, earthy brown, warm red, orangey-yellow, tan, and mouse grey
Winter: Snow white, dark green, cranberry red, royal purple, cranberry red, and dark water blue.
We love our Nature Table and change it with the seasons. We love using silks as the base, which you can find online at the Maplerose Store.
Have fun creating your Nature Table and be sure to share with us - we'd love to see what create.
The nature tables in the above pictures were created by the magical preschool and kindergarten teachers at our beloved Waldorf school.
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