Sometimes, on a beautiful day (or a wet/cold/rainy one) we're just too busy with the wolf cubs to take pictures. This one captured a hunt for the elusive apples--way, way up the tree and practically impossible to get! I don't like to say many things are impossible, but we have tried to shake, shimmy, sing, whack and beg these apples down, to no avail.
There are a great many burdock plants in the forest, and it's one local plant the kids can easily learn to identify. I think I saw Zavallennahh picking burrs out of someone's hair, this week, and somehow a game started of 'making the biggest burr ball.' I love talking with the kids about the cleverness of plants, and how these seeds like to hitch rides to new places on unsuspecting shoulders and pant legs.
On Friday morning, Creston woke up to a heavy downpour, and I wondered what kind of adventures our Nature School morning would bring. Thankfully, the rain was pretty much finished by the time we go there, but we decided to throw up a tarp just in case we needed some shelter. The kids were really keen to help tie knots and hang out underneath, and it was a fun challenge as a teacher trying to figure out how a slew of 4 year olds could help. When they come to you with a rope in hand and say 'what's my job?' you find them a loop to tie to, pretty quickly!
It's a bit hard to tell in this second picture, taken at the end of the same day, but there are three different bucket-pulley systems hanging around the tarp that the kids rigged up. It was a busy dance, avoiding ropes and buckets going up and down. They were proud of their work and buckets and pulleys is always a very collaborative, problem-solving filled activity.
Take care till next week!
The Nature School Team