Every now and then there needs to be a day for some planning and play. Our summer schedule was established and group details covered. For the children it was a good time for Legos and outside play. Also today we continued to work on our group quilt. This quilt was started last winter with a demonstration of the stages of creating a quilt. Children brought in their choice of fabric and have participated in the stages in crafting a quilt. Today we began sewing our pieces together. We will continue to work on the quilt through the summer.
Thank you to Michael for showing us around the bog and the woods.
Today we met at Distant Hill Gardens in Walpole, N.H. Distant Hill is a Horticultural and Environmental center on March Hill Road. We were taken on a tour of a bog and through the woods. We all enjoyed learning about the different flora, fauna and fungi all around us. Also examples of vernal pools and the life they cradle were present through out the walk. The path was built for easy access so even the smallest legs could walk and explore. From natural woodlands, great Cairns to fairy huts there were many things to search for and discover. Michael our guide was both knowledgeable and fun. Beautiful landscape, great scenery and a chance to get children into the woods and learning more about their surroundings.
For more information on Distant Hill here is their website.
Today we discussed Vernal Pools. These are early spring pools of water that are the nursery for so many creatures we have in our backyards. The pools host frogs, toads, salamanders, newts , bugs, snakes and more. After discussing these pools we went outside to explore. We brought microscopes, magnifying glasses, tweezers and containers. We investigated over, under, around and in logs and the yard in general. We then searched for the names of our finds in books and pamphlets. A great resource for these pools and outdoor exploration is, "A Field Guide to the Animals of Vernal Pools" by Leo P. Kenney and Matthew R. Burne.
Crafting fairy/toad huts was this week's theme. Materials were varied, sticks, glass "stones", ferns, flowers, shells, yarn, ribbon, corks, buttons, acorn caps, feathers, fabric and more. The children were able to either build a hut from Popsicle sticks or decorate cups and bowls made into huts themselves. The creativity of the designs and the imaginative play they encourage was fun for all. Older children assisted the younger ones by securing some decorations with hot glue guns. Working together building huts and friendships.
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