February's nature table!
Happy February. As those who follow me know I like to have some sort of gratitude project going with the kids each month. So in fall it looks like this.
But this is the month to celebrate LOVE! So this is our "I love...tree." Each day we write things on little hearts that we love and put them on the branches.
She is the Love Mother. She is needle felted with from wool roving. And the cat is recycled from the scary Halloween table.
The house is a simple embroidery project that the girls did most of. We used a scrap of flour sack for the fabric and a piece of felt for the bottom and roof.
Seedpod and leaf sailboat. The mast is secured with a piece of beeswax.
And from above. I like to have a living element (fresh flowers) a wood element, fire element and water element to my nature tables.
I saw this little video on teaching children gratitude and must say my immediate reaction from seeing the title was, "Well, you can't teach children gratitude, you must model it." and I had a bit of a chip on me ol' shoulder. But HA, they proved me wrong! According to research it sure can be taught! I really loved watching this because in a lot of ways let me off the hook on days when I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed and not really in the mood to be grateful - just doing the simple action is in fact beneficial. And being grateful can be learned! Good news for Mr. Scrooge!