Sensory-rich activities: connecting people with the outdoors

Symbolism in nature myths and legends


This activity explores various plants that have symbolism or folklore attached to them, with the aim of finding connections between individuals and plants through those stories. This will help establish a connection, or re-connection with specific plants and encourage the sharing of personal memories.

We have compiled a list of myths, legends and facts around different plants and collated them by season. This is a great go-to activity that doesn’t require too much preparation.

Collecting the materials can be an additional activity in advance BUT bear in mind the plants that are chosen should have interesting facts that you know about or have time to look up beforehand!

Download the printable instructions for symbolism in nature - myths and legends (pdf 174kb)

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