Searching for special treasures and tending a Seasonal Table is an absorbing, soothing and creative activity for your children. The acts of finding natural objects, crafting items and caring for the scenes gently and intuitively fosters your child’s connection with nature. In our home, our table naturally drew the children to it when we came home from an outing — often with a contribution for the Nature Table! It’s presence inspired them and sharpened their observational senses when we were out on an adventure.
Items for Seasonal Tables can be as simple as bits and pieces of nature that that you find on an outing to the park: feathers, cones, bark, branches, berries (don’t eat!), and flowers. Add household items like artwork, bowls and vases. Do craft projects with your children to make items for your table, such as, fleece fairies, small wool dolls, felted or knitted creatures and watercolor paintings. You can also buy non-toxic wooden animal figures, postcards, natural cloth, crystals and beautiful felted characters for your tableau from an online site and at Waldorf School craft fairs.