We had an opportunity to go on a walk with a parent. This was our first walk of the season so the children began to create rules for the expectations of our walk. In their rules and directions, they decided to bring one bag for litter pick up and one for the collection of tree items to investigate. Upon our return, we had collected a whole container full of nature items which included items such as acorns, bark, branches, twigs, leaves, and pinecones.
In the afternoon, several children began to represent what they had seen on our walk. One child added paper towel rolls around the pole in our room which we had transformed into a tree. “I saw the roots by the tree. Over the grass. Like this,” he said as he added the rolls to the base of the pole.
Another child represented another part of our walk. He cut open a bag that had been holding our oranges from snack. He then wrapped it around the tree. “I saw this on a tree. My friend told me it protects the tree.”
Nature can be added to your treasure chest or as in our room, we have to separate containers. To learn more about the treasure chest, check out the Coconut Tree post. We also use the nature items we brought in to sort and classify them, create patterns, use them for a scavenger hunt, count or add them, or as we did after our walk, create mobiles.
We began with sketching our ideas for our mobiles. The children labeled and created their “plan” of what materials they would need and how they would set it up. They then started and created mobiles which we currently have hanging in our classroom.
To make your own mobiles in your classroom:
- take small steps
- view the children as capable and confident
- gather items for the mobile
- create the plans
- offer children the opportunity to continue to work on these for several days
- give the children an opportunity for trial and error
- support the children
Enjoy the beautiful weather!