ON A FINE
March day, friends Emily and Rachel venture outside in search of treasures to collect as the garden and woodlands reveal their spring bounty. They have fun gathering items including the first catkins, pine cones, sunny blooms, seedheads and pieces of bark, to arrange in a home-made nature tray. The display box is made from a wooden seed tray, divided into sections using strong twigs cut to fit inside. This allows the girls to examine their finds and presents an ideal way to learn the names of trees and plants and study their intricate detail. The collection can also provide inspiration for simple artwork and be used to make seasonal decorations. Care should be taken not to remove anything to the detriment of the natural environment, and adult supervision may be needed when handling any sharp items.
“It may indeed be fantasy when I Essay to draw from all created things Deep, heartfelt, inward joy that closely clings; And trace in leaves and flowers that round me lie” Samuel Taylor Coleridge, ‘To Nature’
The tray is divided into six sections with one larger and two shorter sticks. Each section is home to a tiny still life arrangement.
Lamb’s tail-like catkins and cheery narcissus are carried to the tray in a basket.