It’s officially fall. Time to eat the last few good tomatoes. Time to start watching for falling pinecones. Time to start playing in the leaves. And, time to start transitioning our nature table. Summer’s out. Fall’s in.
A nature table is a special spot in your home to put things you find in the natural world. We like to bring in new things for it all the time – but especially when the seasons are changing it gives new things to look for and talk about. We use a three-tiered little table that was passed down to us from my sister, but you can really use anything, just designate a spot. I took the boys out on a walk through the neighborhood to collect some things: fallen leaves, acorns, and pinecones. And as always, Bodhi brought back a couple treasures from his morning at forest school. We’ll head to a garden and see what’s growing. We’ll go to the farmer’s market and do some fall vegetable tasting. We’ll continue adding to our table throughout the season.
I love having our nature table to remind us of the changing seasons, and it’s a great sensory experience for the kids. But what I love most about it is how it helps keep us mindful. Nature tables are a fantastic way to help your children, and yourself, take a step back and notice the subtle changes in our world. Not only do we look at what’s changing physically, but I’m trying to also teach the boys to really take in the world with all of their senses. How does it smell outside today? Let’s see how quiet we can be. What do you hear? What does that pumpkin feel like? Let’s cook it up and taste it!
I try to keep up with my mediation practice, and it’s not always easy to do with two little guys around. But, I can at least say that today I took a few moments to breathe in the air, feel the wind, study some tree moss, and really savor the end of the tomato season.
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