Friday, July 1, 2011

Summer Nature Table

This is our beach-themed July nature table! 

Below a couple of wooden figures enjoy the beach surrounded by our 
nature treasures. Some of the shells are from the Müggelsee, a lake in Berlin, 
that we collected this year. The other seashells are gifts from friends and the shark tooth 
was a flea market find.  My daughter then added pink deco pebbles to the sand. 

Here we find a wooden heart to remind of the two greatest commandments: 
Love God and Love People. 
And the motivation behind them: God loves us. 

This is the whale from Jonah to remind us that life with God can be an adventure and that it's okay to make mistakes. Glass fish swim around the whale. My daughter added pink pebbles the water insisting that there are "rocks on the bottom of the ocean". 

Below my daughter puts the finishing touches on the nature table. She brought out the Godly Play statue of the cross that is also the Risen Jesus. 

And I had a postcard of Edvard Munch's "Girls on the Beach" 
that just seemed to fit.

School just got out here and we are enjoying the laziness and slower pace of summer. 
Hope that your summer is going well! 


  1. What a lovely Summer Nature Table, cheers from New Zealand, Marie

  2. Thanks, Marie! I love seeing the winter felted creations on your blog right now. It's so hard to imagine that it is winter in your part of the world.: )

  3. I love your nature tables, Sheila! This is wonderful - and it's great that your daughter had such an important role in creating it! I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page at