How many petals on the flowers tells me how old the flower is. -Jack
At Tudor Place, the children learned how to use tree rings to learn how old a tree is. Jack applies the same logic to flowers.
Wow! I didn't even know I could draw that! -Rowan
When we first arrived at our island shaded by cherry blossoms, the children ran around, finding sticks, fallen blossoms, “sugar” from the ant mounds and other items of intrigue. The did cart wheels, stared up at the sky and enjoyed a idyllic morning. We gathered on a tarp and talked about thinking about what we want to draw before we even gathered our materials. The children shaped their hands like viewfinders and peered through to find the perfect subject. Children are feeling more comfortable in their drawing abilities so more are expressing a desire to draw.
A breeze came through, snowing cherry blossom petals and made the children giddy. They were thrilled at the flowers raining down on us and it was beautiful to share in the delights of nature with them.
After drawing and painting, their tummies started to rumble so they trickled over for a picnic snack in the shade. Next the children took to the trees. Literally. Austin is our seasoned tree climber and he coached Charlie on how to climb the tree. When Grace came over, Charlie coached her. Soon the tree was filled with children, and we talked to them about testing branches before putting their weight on them.
We have had some pretty amazing field trips this year, but this may have been a personal favorite. The weather was gorgeous. The space was enclosed so the children could find secret hideouts and run around without an adult shadow. They illustrated their experience. But the best part was the children being able to fully interact with their environment. Playing in nature fosters a love and appreciation for nature. Thank you to all of the families and caregivers who helped and spent the day with us.
by Lisa & Rachael
Pieces of Tucker Room experiences.