School is out (or nearly out), summer is officially around the corner and I imagine everyone is ready for the nostalgia that summer brings –watermelon, ocean breezes, and bare feet. Summer is amazing. It affords us the time to explore ideas and projects that we put off during the school year. It also offers a sort of “permission” to slow down. I love that best.
Normally I block off lots of time in summer for playing, but this summer I have so many exciting things going on! I’ll get my summer play in for sure, but I can’t wait to tell you about what’s in between!
I’ve got lots of new in person art workshops, and most exciting, the new book is almost here! Check it all out!
Wonder and Wander:
An Early Childhood Nature Connection Guide
- Spend your days with children under age 6?
- Want to engage young children with the wonders of their natural world?
- Need tips and tricks for building your confidence to be outdoors with infants and toddlers?
- Seek child tested and parent/teacher approved creative activities that capture young children’s attention, teach about nature, and encourage physical and emotional development?
If you answered yes, Wonder and Wander is for You!
In Wonder and Wander, I offer my creative nature connection experience to those in early childhood education and care at home, school, and in the community.
Inside, find nearly 100 activities, creative projects, and games, as well as garden and outdoor advice and ample resources to set you up for being-outdoors-with-young-children success in all weather and seasons!
Discover why nature is so important for childhood development and gather a bounty of tips and tools for:
- overcoming fear (in the adult and the child),
- being prepared for storms (both the weather and toddler kind),
- and creating holistic outdoor experiences that foster young children’s Naturalist Intelligence, motor skills, sense of wonder, independence, resiliency, and love of nature
— regardless of prior nature experience.
Whether you have a flower pot on a patio or a wilderness out your windowsill, this guide provides the tools for outdoor learning play success — in the backyard or the schoolyard all year round. This book will inspire you to gather the little ones and wander through nature’s wonders everyday!
Sounds pretty great right?
Mark your calendar for 6/27 at 11 am est and join the fun!
FLOW Studio Art Center
I am tickled that a new art studio opened near my house (and children’s garden) and that I get to teach there! I’ll be teaching regular classes for both adults and children. Here’s what I’ve got so far:
These are evening classes for adults & teens where we’ll have some fun playing with paint as we learn watercolor techniques, experiment with pen outlines and accents, and learn to paint the nature that brings so much joy and inspiration to our world. These classes are great for beginners, people getting back into art after a break, or anyone looking to relax with a little nature-inspired art making.
These are 1 hour workshop for children age 5 and up with their grown-up. We will explore seasonal nature, make a nature art project, and spend a little time learning to nature journal – together!
Creative Connections classes are scheduled for July 17 and August 9. If there is interest, these classes may expand to a series during the school year! Let me know what you think! Click here to register.
Mommy & Me Nature Art Play
These classes are going to be a lot of fun.
I’ve been wanting to teach some local in person art classes, and now it’s possible! This is going to be a great summer and I am so glad that all of you are a part of it.
I’ll see you on June 27 for the live Wonder Wednesday activity and celebration. And in the meantime, I’ll catch ya on Instagram @wingswormsandwonder!
What creative nature connecting do you have planned for this summer?
Share in the comments below.
Share pics of your summer nature connections on Instagram #wingswormsandwonder
Seeds to Sprout:
Looking for activities for children ages 6-12? Be sure you check out my award winning book Wings, Worms, and Wonder: A Guide for Creatively Integrating Gardening and Outdoor Learning Into Children’s Lives. It’s CHOCK full of activities, ideas, tips, tricks, and inspiration for keeping children and nature connected at home, school, and in the community!