One of the greatest joys of parenting is witnessing little eyes open wide to yet another new detail of this wide world. Tangible, portable wonders of nature often find their way into our home.
We began displaying such treasures on our piano, which was out of reach until our then-toddler learned to climb. Now our mantle showcases the fragile and hazardous finds. We bring them down (or hold the kids up) for closer examination from time to time, and larger, sturdier treasures are always available for handling.
Consider bringing a little of the outdoors into your home with a nature display. Adding natural elements to the everyday decor of your home instills respect for their beauty. It also offers an opportunity to increase familiarity with less commonly encountered items. Low tables and baskets invite exploration, sorting and classifying, and incorporation into play.
In addition to a steady rotation of sticks and stones, our collection includes: