NATURE STUDY COLLECTIONS AND ORGANIZATION

Perhaps you're like me and either yourself or your kids bring home something new from your nature study regularly?  Last week we found an animal bone on our nature hike, the week prior it was "seaweed" from our local lake.  Once, we studied an avocado pit and it set on a shelf for several weeks until it started decaying. (Don't make that same mistake we did! Gross) The images below provide inspiration on how to organize your own nature study artifacts in a pleasing (and less messy!) way.

Organizing objects and/or specimens in frames keeps them up and away from tiny hands while still allowing you to study them closely.  Frames can be taken down and studied then put back up out of reach. Additionally, keeping an eclectic mix of natural objects sparks the imagination, bringing them back again and again.

Organizing objects and/or specimens in frames keeps them up and away from tiny hands while still allowing you to study them closely.  Frames can be taken down and studied then put back up out of reach. Additionally, keeping an eclectic mix of natural objects sparks the imagination, bringing them back again and again.

I love the neutral colors here!  In this image the objects are grouped both by color and in open baskets.  Numerous pieces of each object are within every basket which would allow for a larger scale nature study (perhaps with a group or if you have more than one child).

I love the neutral colors here!  In this image the objects are grouped both by color and in open baskets.  Numerous pieces of each object are within every basket which would allow for a larger scale nature study (perhaps with a group or if you have more than one child).

Keeping objects out invites curiosity.  You are literally spreading a feast before the children.  Handy drawers like these can keep objects grouped together.

Keeping objects out invites curiosity.  You are literally spreading a feast before the children.  Handy drawers like these can keep objects grouped together.

How do you organize your nature finds? Do you leave them out for littles to feel and observe? Do you switch out your finds regularly? Show us your nature study collections on Instagram using #theearlyyearsnaturestudy! Can't wait to check it out!

Note: These images are not my own nor do I claim them.  Not all of these images are based off of Charlotte Mason's methods but are used as inspiration and a foundation point for your own collectibles and organization.