Friday, August 31
Collecting Bits of Nature...
Several weeks ago, we had some of our children's godparents visit and we took them to one of our favorite beaches for a few hours. While we chatted and got our feet wet, Sugar Plum spent some time collecting shells. She found quite a few (which is very unusual for our beaches). Once we got home, the shells were deposited on the step and we sort of forgot about them once all of the little ones got sick. One day last week, they were dumped into a galvanized tub that it is a multi-purpose plaything for these children of ours and washed. They have been washed and rewashed many times since then and each time I spot them in the tub damp from the water, I admire their beauty. Look at all of the shapes! Look at the colors! They aren't the perfect shells that we can find in the gift shops around here, but they are just lovely in their own way.
I have been spotting little Nature Museum ideas all over the web lately. I love these ideas to display all of these little collections children bring home! Eventually, I think that it could be the next step up for older children who have been maintaining a nature table while they were little. Autumn is one of my favorite seasons for nature displays and I cannot wait to take long walks looking for pretty leaves, acorns and other nuts, seed pods, grasses, shells, and rocks. It will be nice to find different ways to display our findings in our home.