Thursday, September 11, 2014

Last Field Trip for the Summer

 We went to Halls Creek Woods 
to take one last hike before the last 
day of summer camp.
We could have walked all day long! 
It was so peaceful and the kids loved the creek.

A little blurry but you can see how beautiful the trail was.

We found some treasures- nuts- on our hike.

A big tree had fallen across the trail and
we had to either climb over the tree or walk around it.

The creek was a little tricky to get to.
Ms. Donna had to help everyone step down into it.
But as you can see, the creek bed was covered with fossils.

We did see a snake swim away from us in the creek!
And a frog jumping out of his way!

Celebrating National Mud Day 2014

Making Snails out of Mud

Mud Soup

Painting with Mud

Rolling Cars Down a Ramp

Playing in a Pool of Mud with Dinosaurs

Making Mortar and Building with Mud

Tasting Mud

Cleaning our Bodies Before Going Back Inside

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Using our Senses and Some Bonus Pics

Also in July we did an activity about our senses.
We started off using our sense of hearing. 
We listened to the sounds around us as we sat outside.
We heard: trucks, the construction next door, wind, birds, and cars.
Below are more of what we did.

The children were asked to us their sense of smell to find
a scent that Ms. Donna rubbed on the bark of the tree.
If they found the smell they were asked to identify it.

No one found the smell but many thought they did.
Even after being shown where the scent was and everyone smelled it
 they still didn't know what the smell was!
It was coffee grounds.

Next the children were asked to find something to draw.
They were encouraged to look at the details of their object(s).
This boy drew an impressive picture of our creek.

The toddlers did tree rubbings.

Ms. Kris made chalk paint. The entire school were invited to play.

Some of the children from the summer group made a game
using cardboard and a box.
The cardboard pieces were numbered 1-12.
The box was converted into a dice labeled with 1, -1, 2, -2, 3, -3
The object was to get to the finish line first.

They enjoyed moving their game around. This time the game lead
into the pine trees.

Acting Like Woodpeckers

The summer group and the toddlers learned about Woodpeckers
in July. They listened to woodpeckers on a bird CD. 
Then participated in some fun activities.
Have a look!

They children had to peck the floor with their fingers when they
saw a picture of a woodpecker.
Some of the kids used their noses!

The children used a wooden stick to find bugs in a ball of play dough.
Similar to a woodpecker finding bugs in a tree.

Then the children used wooden clothes pins
to peck objects around the big room.
The idea was to find a hollow object.
Woodpeckers knock on trees and listen for hollow
areas to find where the insects are.