Creating a Waldorf Nature Table for Autumn

Creating a seasonal nature table is an enchanting way to connect your child with nature and the rhythm of the year. It encourages reverence for the earth and teaches children to see beauty in everyday found objects.

A nature table can evolve through the season. New treasures—such as a stone or an acorn found on a walk—can be added day-to-day, while other items can be taken away as they wilt and fade. In this way, the table can naturally progress from one season to the next, reflecting the rhythm of the year.







A nature table can be as simple as a few nature finds lovingly placed on a tray, shelf, or window sill, or it can take up a whole table and be adorned with colorful play silks, handcrafted fairy folk and other seasonal items.

The colors on the table represent the colors of the season – for autumn think warm hues of oranges, yellows, browns, and reds.

Start by placing natural elements on your table, such as rocks, acorns, pressed leaves, and seed pods.

A simple way to produce beautiful handmade items for your nature table is to use Beeswax to create your own seasonal figures, such as people, animals, plants, fruits or vegetables.

Children love the scent and warmth of natural beeswax. It is nourishing to a young child’s senses and inspires creativity. Working with beeswax also helps children with sensory integration and develops fine motor skills.

At first you will find that the wax is hard, but it becomes more pliable with the warmth from busy hands. The more a child plays with the wax, the more malleable it becomes. The wax can also be softened in warm water.







Beeswax does not dry out or crumble. It can be reused for many years and is perfect entertainment on car trips, in restaurants, or at doctor’s offices.

Give your child a piece of beeswax, and allow her to hold it in her hands while you while you tell a simple nature story of the season. At the end of the story, slowly begin sculpting your beeswax and let your child imitate you. Do not rush. Take your time to allow your child to create freely without feeling rushed.

This handsome bowl is filled with nutritious fruits of the earth to celebrate a harvest festival.

Different colors of modeling beeswax can be mixed to blend new colors. Take little pieces of different colored wax and press them together. Watch as the colors twist to form new colors. When the wax is stretched thin, it has a gorgeous translucent quality. Try holding it up toward a window and watch the sun shine through!

Shape little petals and squeeze them together to make a pretty sunflower.

To make fairy gnomes, start by turning a pine cone up-side-down. Cut a few limbs off of the bottom of the pine cone to make it stable. Press a piece of beeswax onto the bottom of the cone to weight it down. Roll a piece of beeswax into a head shape and push it onto the top of the pine cone. Press some wool roving into the warm wax head to make a beard and hair. Fashion the gnome a simple outfit from felt.


To make a fire, twist some red, orange, and yellow roving together. Wrap warm beeswax around the roving and place a few sticks at the bottom of the fire to conceal the wax.

Creating a seasonal nature table is a lovely afternoon activity for parents and children to share together, and can cultivate feelings of reverence and gratitude in children.

Helen Bird, Waldorf parent and creator of a blog Curly Birds