Tuesday 29 January 2013

Bringing Nature Inside


I have been busy making resources for my classroom this week and really wanted a 'Nature based theme'. I am making a wall hanging out of tree branches and rope as a tool to display the children's work, in particular samples of their writing and drawing. While I was out walking through the bushes looking for some lovely branches with my children, I couldn't believe the number of gumnuts on the ground - A natural resource too good to step over! I have used gumnuts in the past (you may remember A Little More Nature on Tuesday). As I want to combine an environment rich in print and natural resources, I thought these would be perfect.

I used an acrylic white paint to roughly paint a circle and then a permanent marker to write the letters of the alphabet. I made extra letters so they could make their names. The gumnut letters will be stored at the writing station for the children to explore.

The letters made out of twigs and branches will hang on the new grid I am making. 

Tree branch letters - another resource for the children to explore at the writing station.

I used a permanent marker on freshly cut tree branches. These are not only lovely to hold but also smell beautiful.

I still haven't made the wall hanging - very typical of me. I get soo excited by one project and then get more excited my other things along the way. It will get done though, as school finally starts next week after the most glorious Summer holiday. 

Thanks for all your lovely comments and feedback. See you next Tuesday!


  1. These are fabulous!! I just pinned your darling letters! Thanks for linking to Share It Saturday.

  2. These were just so cute! Had to feature them on this week's Tuesday Tots. You're welcome to grab a featured button. Thanks for linking up and if you'd like to see the post, it's here (http://www.learnwithplayathome.com/2013/02/5-fun-activities-for-learning-using.html)

  3. Very cute! We make toys from tree branches so I can see what is next o the "to make" list!! Thanks for sharing with us at Eco-Kids! I hope you will come link up with us again this week!! http://likemamalikedaughter.blogspot.com/2013/02/an-enchanted-childhood-playschool.html

  4. Hi Niccola,

    So glad to have found you. Love your ideas (and the fact that your working week starts on a Tuesday). I'm featuring this post as part of my learning to read ideas from the Weekly Kids Co-op. xo P

  5. What a wonderful idea!! I love all you have done with nature. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!