Here are photos of some of the ways I bring nature and natural elements indoors, to my classroom!
I cover my windows (which overlook the parking lot) with sheers. They somewhat obscure the cars coming and going, allow the natural light to stream into the room, and also give a good view of the lovely trees and other greenery, beyond the parking lot.
I covered the bulletin board with natural burlap.
We observe, document, and make labels for creatures we bring in from the playground
I store materials in natural felt bowls
We use natural materials in our art projects
Display natural objects
and use them for other purposes
I have added a bit of nature to our daily sign in sheet area
I added handmade tree blocks to our block area
Here they are in action, along with baskets of burr acorns, and small stones
Plants basking in filtered light add loveliness to this area
Pieces of birch wood may be shaped here, with rasps. There are also pine cones and sweet gum "gumballs" for other projects.
Bamboo wind chimes make a lovely sound when the weather allows me to open the windows
Rainbow colored felt creatures fly from this grape vine wreath
And a stump outside the door serves as a welcome to our room
We sometimes sing songs by candlelight
And use babies made from all natural wool. They smell so good!
How do you bring nature indoors?