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Love Unites Us

I wished to convey in my painting the need to share our love - to cradle with gentleness and purity. When we hug someone, we envelope them with our love - in this embracement, peace and joy are shared. A hug makes us feel protected and loved and this touching gesture does wonders for our [...]

INFUSE NATURE ART ACTIVITIES INTO YOUR CURRICULUM

We know from research that contact with nature is essential for the developing child. However, not every child will be returning to a Forest School or Nature Kindergarten. We may not be able to take our students out into the forest or down to the lakeshore during class but we can bring nature into the [...]

Nurturing the Whole Child

NURTURING THE WHOLE CHILD We can never be whole, in harmony, balanced, unless every part of us is healthy – body, mind and spirit – if we only educate the mind we are not whole, there is an emptiness that we need to fill. Nature helps nurture harmony and balance which in turn lead to [...]

Build A Fairy House & Den Week

Build a Fairy House  and Den Week Helping to raise awareness of the importance of nature and creativity in a child's life.  WHY When children and nature mix, something magical happens. That "magic" is part of childhood. Sadly today, many children have never experienced the magic of the natural world. Playing games that originate from [...]

Play with Mother Earth

We cannot ask our children to help protect the Natural World when they know little of this world. Children need to be given opportunites to fall in love with Mother Earth. This is not a difficult task. In fact, it is incredibly simple... ...JUST STEP OUTSIDE AND PLAY! Every day is Earth day We tend to [...]

Sowing seeds of love and compassion

"Teaching young people about compassion is one of the most important things we can do for them and for the future of humanity "– Dalai Lama In our outdoor classroom today (held on a local Organic orchard farm), we got to hold 4 day old chicks. These magical moments are moments of communion, moments of [...]

Contact with nature is essential for the developing child

Given a choice, children generally prefer to be outside in the fresh air, free to roll on the grass, climb the trees and rocks and chase butterflies amongst the flowers. When children spend time outside where they can be free to play, create, climb, sing and dance, they are happier and healthier. Children thrive outdoors To Learn, To [...]

A Mother’s Love

My mother turns 85 this week and I wished to gift her an illustration for her birthday. My mother loves music so I began to draw a soft, whimsical musical note.  As the early morning sunbeams kissed my face, I felt my mothers love seep into every part of my being and I was caught in a flow [...]

Connecting the Child to Mother Earth’s Heart

Educating the Heart through Nature Art online program:  This 12 month course provides solutions for Educators, Parents and Organizations wishing to rediscover the joys of teaching and reconnect children with the natural world. Throughout this program you will find creative activities, inspired play, and thoughtful exercise all designed to connect children to nature and teach [...]

Keeping our Children Happy and Healthy

By educating the Heart through Nature Art children grow into compassionate creative thinkers who care not only for themselves and others but for all living things. Children Learn through Play There is no more natural, awe-inspiring environment for children to learn and play, than in nature. All children are beautiful, unique, spirited beings full of love, [...]

Earth In My Hands

I love to get parents to join us for certain nature art activities. Earth in my hands is one such activity. We begin by collecting our very own pebble or stone. We then begin to paint the Earth stone using blue to represent the sea, green (and yellow) for land and white for clouds. As we [...]

The Ultimate Sensory Experience

"Children need nature for the healthy development of their senses, and, therefore, for learning and creativity," - Richard Louv, Author of "Last Child in the Woods" and "The Nature Principle". I wholeheartedly agree. Nature by far, offers the most magical and enchanting array of sensory exploration and learning for a child. Children have been engaging [...]