Well it’s summer holidays and us Everwild girls are spending some beautiful quality time together. Yes – we are always together being homeschoolers, but there’s something different about waking up, the sun is warm and bright and there’s no expectation at all on the day. That makes my heart full.
We ventured out into the woods, a very unofficial nature walk. It was amazing. The following is from one of the most inspiring books for families,
We cannot give our children wonder, curiosity, or a desire to learn. Children are born with these things. Wonder is the birthright of every child. It’s the natural tendency to look at the world and want to explore it. Wonder is triggered by beauty, by new discoveries and by imaginations. Children live in a constant state of wonder. They’re always learning, exploring, and discovering new things.
Ainsley Armant – Call of the Wild & Free.
If we are going to raise wild and free children, we are going to have to be wild and free Mamas & Papas. So I encourage you to go exploring! Go walk through the forest with no expectations. Discover the giant trees, the small mushrooms, the soft moss. Dip your hands and feet in the streams. Breathe in the forest air and stop to notice the tiny, peaceful hustle and bustle of the natural world around.
Hello! If you’re new around here a huge giant welcome to you! If you’re a regular you’ll have noticed the site looks a little different. I’ve had a little shift around with Everwild’s online presence and realised I don’t need an e-commerce site at all.
So, how and why, Everwild? I am passionate about community & people, I love nature, and I absolutely love nurturing a love for nature and learning in little wildlings. Part of our homeschooling includes nature study, and when we immigrated from South Africa to Wales, the girls were able to delight in the vast difference and uniqueness of each season. Fast forward two years of covid and a million business ideas, and here we are as Everwild Nature Club.
Why keep the joy that we find in nature to ourselves when we can share it with everyone around us?
Nature Club has become a small community of wildlings, little & grown up! It’s a place where children can learn, discover, explore and be inspired through seasonal sensory activities. You can follow us on Instagram to see what we get up to at Everwild, or for some inspirational ideas for you to try at home. I endeavour to keep this page updated and share our collection of Everwild nature ideas with you! One of my favourite quotes, by one of my favourite people in history is this, “Children are born with all the curiosity they will ever need. It will last a lifetime if they are fed upon a daily diet of ideas.” ~ Charlotte Mason.
So here’s to nature crafts, inspirational ideas, booklists, poetry, mama culture, and hopefully inspiring you to spend precious time with your child in nature.
This Friday as the leaves started to slowly drift down from the tree branches, we sat under our oak tree at Everwild and read one of my favourite books, Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn, by Kenard Pak. Reading stories together is something we do every week, and from ages 1 – 5 our seasonally themed nature stories are absolutely loved!
Autumn Equinox Nature Craft Ideas
N A T U R E C R O W N S
These Nature Crowns are so easy to make, in the past we have stapled big leaves to a cardboard strip, however, since then I have found a much simpler way to make them and so much easier for little willing hands.
To make your Nature Crown you can stick a strip of double sided tape along a strip of cardboard that is long enough to make into a crown. Collect as many nature items that you can find and add them to your crown! Voila! A crown for any season!
A U T U M N T E A L I G H T J A R S
There’s nothing better than embracing all seasons! Usually my dining room window sill is full of jars that have had autumn leaves glued onto them. We pop a little tea light candle in them and celebrate Autumn – even all the way through winter.
A U T U M N S E N S O R Y T A B L E S
It doesn’t take much effort to create an autumn sensory table. At Everwild we have used uncooked pasta, and my favourite – sensory rice. I usually throw a few drops of food colouring and essential oils into a bag of rice, swish it around and allow it to dry. Add a few autumnal pieces, I got these mini pumpkins online, but I think I prefer the real deal – little wildlings like to pop things in their mouths and I’d much prefer it to be a real pumpkin than a plastic one! A few scoops and a few mini pots and pans or bowls – and you’ve got an engaged wildling!