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Winter Nature Activities for Children

Irmgard Kutsch and Brigitte Walden Translated by Jane R. Helmchen Foreword by Dagmar Israel

96 pp.  
8 1/4" x 9"
Illustrations: 220 Color

Floris Books


Published:  December 2017


This book is packed full of fun nature activities that will help children engage with the season and learn practical new skills.

Activities for winter include making an Advent wreath, blowing walnut ships, making Christmas branches flower, working with wool, weaving, knitting, making felt, woodworking and making things with willow and out of clay.

The activities in this book are based on practical experience from the Children's Nature and Garden Centre in Germany, and are fully tried and tested.


    The Story of this Book
    Making room for play
    Learning about opposites
    The Children's Nature and Garden Centre

    Song: The North Wind Does Blow
    Advent: A Time for Contemplation
    Poem: Advent
    The Advent Wreath
    Poem: Around the Advent Wreath
    Advent: A Time for Candles
    Blowing Ships
    An Advent Story
    Blooming Branches
    Rattling Walnuts
    Christmas Scenes
    The True Meaning of Advent
    Other Religious Festivals

    Working with Wool
    Working with Wool: A Rich Experience
    Processing Wool
    Clothing: Our Second Skin
    Wool: from the Sheep to a Ball of Wool
    -- Shearing sheep
    -- Cleaning and drying the wool
    -- Carding
    -- Spinning
    Song: Sarasponda
    -- Twisting
    -- Winding a skein
    -- Washing the yarn
    -- Storage
    Wool: from a Ball of Wool to a Toy Sheep
    -- Finger crochet
    -- Weaving
    Stick table loom
    Cardboard loom frame
    Rounded wood loom frame
    Card weaving
    Other looms and weaving options
    -- Knitting
    Toy sheep pattern
    -- Felt
    Making felt balls
    Friendship bracelets
    -- Magic Wool
    Free Play with Wool

    February (Part 1):
    Working with Willow: Building Houses from Hedges
    February: the Last Chance to Cut Willow
    Willow: a Good Plant for Children
    Song: Sleep, Thou Little Willow Tree
    Willow: Creative Possibilities
    Making a Latticework Willow Hedge

    Wood: a Valuable Material
    Poem: The Beech Tree's Guests
    Wooden Toys
    Listening to Wood
    -- Tools
    -- Carving twigs in kindergarten
    -- Fences and railings
    -- Doll's houses and furniture
    Rattles and Stick Instruments to Scare away Winter
    More Woodworking Projects

    February (Part 2):
    Working with Clay
    Pottery: a Valuable Activity
    Basic Rules for Doing Pottery with Children
    Clay Bowls for Easter Grass
    Clay Insect Nests and Bird Baths

    Further reading
    Craft suppliers
    Conservation of rare domestic animals
    The Children's Nature and Garden Centre
    Photograph and Illustration Credits

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