Summer is the perfect time to start a nature table (or area) for your family...
"...exposure to nature is crucial to healthy childhood development–-
and direct exposure to nature gives children a window into the heart and majesty of God."
is fairly simple.
First, choose an area in your home where you'll have room for
several containers, books, boxes, mirrors, binoculars, bottles, jars and/or trays.
Gather any resources you may already own for identifying
bugs, birds, reptiles, leaves, plants, stars, mammals, rocks, trees and animal tracks.
It's good to especially aim for guides that cover your own particular area
so that your children can use them as they find discoveries in their own backyard-habitat.
The library is also an excellent place to start if you don't have these guides on hand.
We've found most of our books at
garage sales, thrift stores, on ebay, or as used books sold online.
Set out several storage containers that can be used for displaying the items your children find.
We like to use glass bottles, canning jars and wood trays for our displays.
Old printer's trays, with their many compartments, are excellent for sorting rocks and shells.
We also keep a jar with cut up bits of card stock that the kids can use to label the items they find.
Our nature center is constantly changing as the seasons change
and as our crew discovers new treasures to add.
Having a designated nature area keeps us all on-the-look-out
for items to add as we explore the outdoors.
It is also one way to share our awe and wonder of God's creation with others who visit our home.
Life quickly becomes busy and hectic, moving at such a fast pace
that it's easy to pass by and not really notice the amazing intricacy that surrounds us.
A nature table is one way to--
And to really appreciate the gifts that God gives us through
"the work of His hands."
Kara, The Chuppies