Monday, January 25, 2010
Winter Seasonal Table for January
Where we are in Southern California, it only snows in the mountains, so we say we have two seasons here, the "rainy" season and "summer". That can have some challenges when trying to instill rhythm around the four seasons, and that is why the nature and seasonal tables are so important.
I am a "stations" person - my mil thought it was hilarious when she used to come to our house when the girls were toddlers and I had various set ups around the house for the girls to wander to and freely explore, but I really think that is one of the best things you can do for your children, young and old alike. Allowing them to touch and marvel at what is set out for them, be it pots & pans, dress up attire, toys, picture books standing in wait, stuffed animals (knitted, wooden, etc). These can be easily rotated and give Mom some down time while the children engage in quiet play.
Now we have three tables set up for nature design. We like to change them often and the girls have fun designing them. The seasonal table pictured here they helped set up with some wooden figures they received as Christmas gifts. They added some beautiful dried remnants of wild sunflowers that grow in the Angels National Forest, just steps away from our house, along with the rocks from a collection we keep near the fireplace.