Friday, June 3, 2011

Summer Nature Table

summer nature table
Shark subway art, shells, sharks teeth, ocean life fossils, and a magnifying glass.
We've never done a true nature table, only a nature tray for each season.  This summer, however, I've decided to have the kids help me set up a nature table...outdoors.  We put an ocean themed table out in a protected location on the porch.

how to make a summer nature table

We haven't been to the beach yet, but I pulled out a few shells from past trips for them to display.  There are also a few rocks with fossilized shells and bits of coral that my aunt sent the kids.

I'm hoping to help the kids organize a shell collection this summer as part of our summer bucket list.  I've started making some nomenclature cards and will add to them as I have time to make more. 

This is a link the the Shell museum on Sanibel Island.  We have visited in the past and hope to get there again this summer.  Under the educational section, there are a couple of interesting video clips.
Shell Nomenclature Cards
Again, I don't know why ScribD always looks so odd on my posts.  There are currently 3 cards:  cockle shell, sea biscuit, and a Florida fighting conch.  More to come...

I hope you can come back tomorrow and join the summer fun party!

Linking to:  Friday's Nature Table at the Magic Onions, For the Kids Friday, Fun For Kids Friday, The Play Academy, Fun Friday, High Paw, Science Sunday

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KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

I love this. I think I might make something similar for my girls! and thank you for the link to the Sanibel Is. resource.

Ticia said...

I love nature tables. Maybe someday I'll find a place in my house for them.

Christy said...

I would like to do a nature table - nice idea to do it outside. We probably won't be touching our bucket list until C gets out of school in three weeks.

Deb Chitwood said...

An outdoor nature table - what an awesome idea! It turned out beautiful, too! And thanks so much for sharing your shell nomenclature cards! I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page at

Sunshine Mama said...

We also just do a nature tray (or plate) in our case, but I love the idea of doing a table outside! Your bird cast looks awesome too by the way!

karen said...

beautiful, I love the beach so beach finds always dominate our summer nature table too!

Melissa Taylor said...

I just figured out the nursery rhyme - with cockle shells - I get it now. I need to visit the beach or something. Colorado is not doing wonders for my ocean vocabulary.

Thanks for the idea and teaching me a new / old word.

sarah in the woods said...

beautiful nature table!

Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas said...

what a great nature/exploartion tabe. Such wonderful items for kids to investigate!

Wanted to invite you to share your ideas at the Sunday Showcase (live Sat night thru Monday) at


Cathy James said...

Some great touchy-feely treasures to explore there. My girls love all things 'sea' - did you see the rock pool we made? Thanks for sharing this with the Play Academy. I do love the idea of an outside nature table for summer.

Elle Belles Bows said...


I have some sorting shell buckets for Ella set up on the shelves. I am going to go through them to see if our shells match up with your downloads and she can use them for matching. Thanks for sharing!


Aimee from Classified: Mom said...

What a great science and sensory table! Great idea and thanks for sharing it at The Sunday Showcase.
Aimee @ Classified: Mom

learning table said...

I like the idea of doing the nature table outside. I'll have to do a beach table for my kids since they won't get to see the beach this year.

Deb Chitwood said...

This is awesome for any ocean unit, Kelly! I featured your nature table photo and shark posts in my Shark Unit Study at