Did you know you could get tie drawers? I didn’t! I guess maybe snazzy businessmen might….I came across this tie drawer and thought it would make the perfect nature table; open and accessible but still ordered so the collections can stay together. We’ve never had a nature table like this before and Jack (3.5yrs) and Sarah (16mths) are loving it. Previously we had our nature collection in jars on top of our playroom shelves, they looked beautiful but were often overlooked, I think maybe because they were a little high up on the shelf.
But why have a nature table? A friend of mine queried this when she was over. ‘What do the kids do with it?’ ‘Do they just look at them?’ One of the great things about children is that they haven’t yet acquired our limited adult views; they are still figuring things out. This is something I still have difficulty with; letting go of how things should be played with, their proper purpose, and to be more receptive of Jack’s unique point of view. To a child, a gum nut or a piece of driftwood can be anything, do anything.
Now that we have the nature table, Jack will go to the table and select different pieces to play with. If he needs some icebergs he will go and get some. If he wants some choc-chips for his cookies he will go and get some of those, too.
For Sarah, she was introduced to natural materials in her treasure baskets; beautifully textured and waiting to be explored.
not to forget food for the animals…
And when you run out of materials, you can always go outside and get some more. So what do the kids do with the nature table? Anything! Absolutely anything.