Apr 29, 2013

Nature Corner - In the Land of Merfolk


I love to create nature corners around the house with my son. He is the proud collector of the materials and I am the organizer. This corner is created after reading 'In the Land of Merfolk' by Daniela Drescher my favorite illustrator. It is so lovely to visualize a book together with your child simply using repurposed and natural materials and your imagination.


Required Materials;

- large bowl filled with water
- 2 (Mason) jars- terracotta flower bowl
  or a glass plate
- hot glue gun
- shell sand
- stones and shells 
- plants and flowers
- decoration like gemstones and baskets
- beeswax candle           


1 - Glue the terracotta or glass plate onto the bottom of the Mason jar and place it in the bowl.
2 - Surround it by stones. Decorate the top of the second Mason jar with shells, stones or wood using the hot glue gun.
3 - Fill the terracotta plate and the jar with shell sand and fill the bowl with water.
4 - Decorate with plants and flowers to create a magical scene.
5 - Finally light the candle and enjoy the scene reading a related story book.


A small scene like this one is a little world in itself, especially when you connect it to a story book or fairy tale. Make sure to engage your child in every step and you will be able to create something magical out of the most simple materials. Simply using gifts of nature, love and your imagination....


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Like Mama Like Daughter - Eco Kids Tuesday

19 comments:

  1. Soo love your blog and great ideas from
    the uk :+)

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    1. Thank you Emma!
      and a big :+) from Holland!

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    1. Thank you for visiting Dee!
      xx sas

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  3. My daughter was looking over my shoulder and asked if she could make one of these. I think it's lovely too. That is a great book. In fact we enjoy several of the books in the series :)

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    1. So lovely to hear Meadow!
      We love these books too, they are my personal favorites.

      Daniela Drescher has now illustrated Grimm's Fairytales, I can't wait till it is translated in Dutch!

      Here is a link to her wonderful site;
      http://www.danieladrescher.de/index.php/en/books/fairy-tales-and-more

      warm greetings xx sas

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  4. What a neat idea! You see so many fairy gardens lately, and though I love them, I love how unique this idea is! Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Such a lovely compliment,
      thank you Sunshine Mama!

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  5. beautiful! (eyes shell collection) I'm off to make one myself! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. I'm very curious how yours will turn out,
      it will be lovely for sure (I have seen your fairy door)!

      warm greetings xx sas

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  6. Wow... your nature corners are the best I've ever seen... they are so delicate and beautiful at the same time... I can't help pinning everything ;-)

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    1. Ooh thank you Rita!
      sending you a kiss from Holland!

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  7. oh my goodness, it is perfect! <3

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  8. Hermoso arreglo, lleno de detalles, me encanta!
    Un abrazo grande.

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    1. Hug for you too dear Silvina and thank you!

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  9. This is so sweet Sas!
    I would love to have you over for tea one day! We could go down to our beach and collect shells and then you could read us the Dutch story books that we have from my husband's childhood! He's not very good at translating now! ;o) My favourite is "Welterusten, kleintje", the illustrations are gorgeous!
    xoxo
    ~ joey ~

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    1. Thank you Joey,
      I have just added Dutch versions of my Year and Week circle perhaps it is fun for your kids to learn the days of the week in Dutch for a start ;)

      Oh, you beach and tea day sounds just so lovely...who knows my friend someday :)

      xxx sas

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    2. I will most definitely be trying your Dutch versions with the kids, that sounds fantastic!
      xoxo
      ~ joey ~

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