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Connecting Children with Nature: Potions

Connecting Children with Nature: Potions

With the birth of Spring unfolding, why not head outdoors and make PETAL POTIONS with the children. Right now daffodils, crocuses and tulips dance majestically in the Spring breeze inviting you to join in the celebration of Spring. The fruit tree blossoms will also gift the most […]

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Fly into the Light

Fly into the Light

“In order to see birds it is necessary to become a part of the silence.”~Robert Lynd Mount Erskine, Salt Spring Island March 2014. Photograph by, David Hughes @ www.davidhughescreative.com   “Once you start to awaken, no one can ever claim you again for the old patterns. Now you realize […]

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Nature Education Conference New Zealand

Nature Education Conference New Zealand

Welcome – Kiora There are lots of things I don’t know but one thing I do know for sure is that children and nature were meant to be together. When children and nature mix, something magical happens. Every child deserves the right to experience that magic. Nature […]

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Peace Is Within

Peace Is Within

We can visit the garden of peace at any given time, for Peace is within… My latest Illustration of my book character Orange Moon (Gentle Warrior) “Peace Is Within” was inspired after reading the beautiful and all inspiring book ” Peace Is Every Step” by Thich Nhat […]

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Outdoor Spaces and Classrooms

Outdoor Spaces and Classrooms

OUTDOOR SPACES & CLASSROOMS When children and nature mix, something magical happens. I am fortunate to witness that magic every day in our outdoor classrooms. I believe the outdoor classroom, forest schools and outdoor playgroups are one of the ways forward in addressing our current “nature deficit […]

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Mindfulness

Mindfulness

Mindfulness & Magical Moments Jasmine, my teenage daughter was excited to show me a shell she had found on a walk with her father along the seashore, earlier in the morning. It was large and rustic. It almost looked prehistoric. Cupping the shell in my hands, I […]

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Slow Things Down and Get Creative

Slow Things Down and Get Creative

  Every Child is An Artist All children are artists and need to be given the opportunities to express themselves creatively. We all do, not just our children. Each and everyone of us is an artist.     Slow Things Down Take time to slow things down […]

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In Their Element

In Their Element

Each Friday throughout summer, we run a nature art class from a local Organic farm. The farmer, Jim wood, an ex- Biology teacher and his beautiful wife Lorena love having children visit the working Orchard farm. Checking out the Tadpoles in the little fish pond. Chickens roam free […]

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Nature is ART

Nature is ART

ART is Everywhere in Nature… Nature IS ART I adore colour. One of my favourite artists is the great French Post-Impressionist Gauguin because of the colour and nature in his art: vibrant, sensual and inspiring. We created some Land Art with some of the older students. The possabilities are […]

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We are of the Earth

We are of the Earth

I was writing notes for my speech for the Nature Education Conference in New Zealand and it sparked a visual idea that I had to draw. It seeded the theme of what will ultimately become the main thread of my talk. We are of the Earth. Without nature, […]

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Taking a moment or two…

Taking a moment or two…

Having spent most of the morning in front of my computer screen writing up an Outdoor Classroom Proposal for a local school, I was in need of a nature break. Although the sun wasn’t shinning, the glow from the Silver Birch was an invitation to climb her […]

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LONG LIVE THE PEN, PENCIL OR QUILL!

LONG LIVE THE PEN, PENCIL OR QUILL!

Drawing and writing with Goose Feathers Today I read an article entitled : “ Technology may script an end to the art of cursive writing” How Incredibly Sad!!! As more and more children learn their first words and letters on the computer, I do wonder what they […]

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Nature Art can bring every subject to Life

Nature Art can bring every subject to Life

Infusing Nature Art into the school curriculum in a way that deepens learning and encourages critical thinking. Animal Masks using Earth Paints: Circle of Life  Hands-on outdoor learning boosts physical activity, mental health, brain power and attention Felt Beaded Caterpillar and Butterfly Puppets Learning the life cycle of […]

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Friday Fairy Fun

Friday Fairy Fun

“Just living is not enough,” said the butterfly, “one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.”  - Hans Christian Anderson “Where words fail, music speaks.” Most of the people who will walk after me will be children, so make the beat keep time with short steps. […]

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Outdoor Classroom

Outdoor Classroom

Autumn is probably my most favourite of seasons. A magical time in nature, providing some of the most breath-taking displays of colour and the temperature allows for more adventurous play, not to mention the abundance of natural treasure to be found at this time of year. I […]

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