Monica Ashley Shares Ideas for a Spring Nature Table & Other Waldorf-Inspired Fun


The sun came pouring in the windows this morning with a bright golden light that evoked a radiant feeling of energy that can only be attributed to that first day of long awaited Spring.  After a weekend of heavy rains, the ground outside is washed fresh and clean.  Suddenly our many deciduous bushes and trees stand out with new leaves in a tender shade of green.   The puddles we stepped over on the way to school were full of peach and plum blossoms, shed during the strong winds.  The irises lining our drive have pushed strong leaves through the mud.  The birds sing to us about all of these marvelous happenings…

My friend, Monica Ashley, shares a wonderful verse to share with our children that captures the essence of this feeling:

Spring is Singing
Hear the birds sing their song
Now that Spring has come along.
Hear each voice sweetly singing,
Joy and light to each heart bringing!
Robin Redbreast, Sparrow, Lark, Thrush and Hummingbird listen-hark!
Other voices sing loud and clear
It’s the happy children-
springtime’s here!

(verse used in many Waldorf schools – author unknown)

Monica, often Sono-Ma’s inspiration for nature table ideas, also shares ideas for how to engage our children in welcoming Spring.  ”Farm animals are a wonderful symbol of spring.  The children will see lambs in the fields on the way to school.  Some have welcomed new ducklings and chicks to their backyards.  Then there are the baby bunnies, which often come to mind with the Spring holidays.”  You can help your children look for signs of spring, and then work together to recreate these scenes on your family’s nature table.

Our family took a trip out to Singing Frogs Farm to visit their Spring animals.  We gathered around a tiny, new baby lamb, and all took turns holding the spritely creature.  He was content in our arms for just a moment before it bounded away with effortless leaps several inches off the ground.

Using the book The Knitted Farmyard (Search Press Classics) as her own inspiration, Monica knitted and felted horses, chickens, ducks, and sheep for her own family’s nature table (as shown above.)  You, too, can learn to knit and needle felt your own Spring Animals.   Join Monica for a Saturday Mother’s day tea themed workshop or ask her about other upcoming classes in her studio or at Cast Away Yarn Shop.

Then, during Spring Break in April, Monica plans a Spring Camp for children centered around old German animal folk tales and hand crafts.

I will be hosting a craft camp during the Spring Break. Each day the children will bake, make natural crafts, sew or felt. We will decorate a natural bird house. Egg decorating will be on Thursday, the 21st,”   says  much loved Fiber Arts and Handwork teacher Monica Ashley.

Spring  Camp with Monica Ashley Designs

Location: Monica’s Studio in downtown Sebastopol

Time: 8:30-2:00

Dates: April 18 – 21, 2011

Ages: 8-11

Cost: full session (Monday – Thursday) for $145 or$45 per day per individual.  All craft materials are included.

Snacks: provided daily, please send along a lunch.

Registration: Space is limited.  Please email Monica Ashley to reserve today:

More information:  Call 707 236-2829.   To see previous classes or camps visit

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