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Day 270: Make a Nature Table

Little children enjoy marking the seasons of the year, and it helps them to begin to understand the concepts of the passage of time and the calendar with its months, weeks, and days.

When my own kids were little, we had a “Nature Table” in our living room that reflected the seasons of the year. In the Fall, we covered the small end table with a rust colored silk scarf. Then, we went for a nature walk to look for natural treasures to place on it. I took the boys to different locations for our nature walks.  Sometimes we walked in our neighborhood or a local park, and other times we went to the beach or a hiking trail. The children collected things that reminded us of the season.

Go for your own nature walk!  In the fall, you might find dried leaves in various shapes and colors, small dead branches, or twigs that had fallen from trees.  You might also find corns, walnuts, almonds, shells, stones, flowers, feathers, and even a dead dragonfly. When you return home, arrange them on your own Nature Table.

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