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.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Fishing at Pine Hill Park

The summer group made their own fishing poles using:
bamboo, string, paper clips, metal hardware, rubber bands, and corks.
On our field trip we tried out our fishing poles.
We used marshmallows for bait...yum!
We found out the marshmallows were great for keeping the hooks 
from catching on our clothes but they often dissolved in the water.
One of our campers had a frog eat her marshmallow!
After fishing we played on the playground. 
Many of our friends who were on summer 

A Dad hung out with us for a bit.

A marshmallow fell off the line as it was being cast!

Sometimes the kids needed a hand putting the marshmallow on their line.

Don't they look like pros?

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After a morning of fishing and physical exercise they all had a hard time staying awake after lunch!