Collaborating with Nature

Collaborating with Nature

Kate from An Everyday Story is with us today to share a fun way to bring together an appreciation of nature and our creative spirits…

It started with a stick, “Mummy wouldn’t this stick make a great tree house?…It’s a great shape, but it’s a bit small.” My five year old son wondered to himself how he could make this stick into a tree house… “What if we drew a tree house on top of the stick?” I suggested. He looked a little puzzled at first but then became very excited once I explained.

Collaborating with Nature

When you start looking around at all the differently shaped leaves, sticks and flowers in our yards, you can’t help but be inspired. A small round leaf could be a balloon, a long leaf could be a boat sailing on gentle seas or a snippet from a pine tree could be beautiful Christmas tree.

The tree house was just the beginning. Soon we had pages of pictures, as each different leaf or petal inspired different creations. We wanted to keep them but sadly the transient nature of petals and leaves means they will eventually wilt. For now we have pictures to remember them by.

Collaborating with Nature

So have a look around your yard; what can you see? Ask your child, what does this leaf remind you of? What could it be? Snap a picture and upload it to Instagram using #playfulnature -we would love to see them!




Kate Gribble lives with her husband and two little ones, Jack and Sarah, in Canberra, Australia. She is a former high school teacher but now spends her days happily homeschooling. Kate likes to dabble in a bit of photography, is a hopeless but aspiring kitchen gardener, and loves a bit of crafty goodness. You can find more inspiration over at her blog, An Everyday Story.



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  1. great idea. you could make lasting art at least with petals and leaves if you use a flower press. (or press them between some newspaper pages and some heavy books) of course that takes some time but even if you use fresh petals and really love the creation you can press them and glue them back on the original drawing later. just make a note or photograph so you’ll remember what goes where.

  2. So magical! It’s to hot outside now so we can try this after nap time. So curious how my little ones will respond to this project! Thank you Kate!

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