It was cold this week but it didn’t stop the Nature Preschool from getting out on the trails! The children prepared by dressing in full cold weather clothing! So many skills are reinforced while gearing up, like fine and large motor development, patience, determination, confidence and more! They even work on social skills and cooperation by giving and receiving help from others! We found tons of animal tracks in the snow and other clues like scat and even fur! Everyone was excited to hike to the stream and see if it was frozen or flowing. We found out it was a little bit of both! The children found some super cool ice formations and worked hard to excavate them! We brought out paints, brushes and pipettes and added some color to the snowy scenery all around us!
Inside we recreated snowy scenes and winter skies using natural paint brushes! We used branches and bubble wrap to paint with various wintery colors. Our snowflakes, made with liquid water colors and pipettes, turned out to be gorgeous artwork which we have displayed in all our classrooms! Lots of writing was happening this week. The children enjoyed mixing their own “puffy paint” to add snow to their “Ss” page in their nature alphabet books! We enjoyed reading books like “The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats and the children practiced their scissor skills to cut out “Peter” and make their own scene from the story!
Next week we are excited to introduce the story “The Mitten” by Jan Brett and will be ready for more winter fun!
Someone found some awesome ice formations!
Look at that nose!
Reaching for the branches!
Someone found a track!
Look at that letter formation! Amazing!
Light Table Play
Watercolors and Pipettes make gorgeous snowflake artwork!
“Look at my village!”
Balancing on logs!
What kind of critter left these tracks?
Digging out a log stuck in this snow pile!
Look at the beautiful ice patterns!
Exploring the stream!
A coyote track headed towards the stream!
More animal clues!
We loved the little toes found in this track!
Evergreen Sensory Cutting
Squeezing out some color!
Tasting our veggie stew!
Making frozen ice sculptures!
Look at all those berries!
These will be fun to play with when they are finished freezing!
Sand play in the outdoor classroom.
Smiling and chopping!
Mrs. Karen is chopping one interesting vegetable for our soup!
Smiling at the stream!
Adding some color!
A smile peeking out from behind one cool winter hat!
She was a momma fox protecting her babies!
Wild Nature Play
Climbing into the stream!
Tallying up votes! Will it melt?
What are our findings?
What about this group?
Lets see what we found!
Scarf dancing like snowflakes!
Cutting out Peter from “The Snowy Day”
Who is taking the picture here?
Here one friend is teaching two others how to build a sturdy structure!
Link n Log Play!
Puffy paint turned out nicely!
Painting with natural paint brushes!
Nice scissor skills!
Winter Sky Mural
Watching the birds from the bird blind!
Winter Scavenger Hunt!
They made a see saw!
Some friends are taking interest in such a cool idea!
Have you found it all?
Thinking of what to add next to the story!
Showing off her story stones!
They look like they are enjoying it!
Mrs. Sophie reads a book created by one of the Woodpecker students!
Building a city with stone homes!
Light Table Play
How tall can you make that tower? They were going for taller than themselves! They are close!
Smiles in the outdoor classroom!
Writing under the loft! Look at those neat feather pens!