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Seedlings: Nature Play in the Courtyard

October 26, 2018

This past week we had the chance to take all of the children out to
the courtyard behind our playground. This trip gave the group a chance
to explore the randomness of the natural landscape and have an entirely
new experience together. Children moved across the terrain bright eyed
and bushy tailed. Some friends climbed across the big rock and began to
scoot down on the slope on the other side. There were lots of pine
needles and friends started to see how fun it was to slide into a groove
on the rock that was piled up with soft pine needles. Small hands stopped
to feel the roughness of bark and the softness of moss.

Some friends stopped to collect leaves, pinecones and acorns. Our
young friends enjoyed the challenge of weaving their way through the
saplings, over roots and climbing up the big hollow stump at the top of
the hill. When we came inside to gather for our second circle we asked
the children what they saw outside that morning. Friends took turns
sharing what they saw outside on the courtyard. “I saw the moon” said a
girl. “Wind”, said a boy. “Lots of leaves”, said another friend. All of this
exploration with young friends fosters curiosity while building confidence.

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