We spent a lot of time outside today. Little “L” collected pretty leaves and threw handfuls of leaves in the air so that she could watch them rain down on top of her.
Little “M” is still in the early stages of walking. The “I’m so very close!!!” stage!
She wants to be out of the buggy and exploring but can become frustrated with her limited mobility. It was really lovely to see the other children including her in their play/ They picked up leaves and threw them in the air. She squealed and giggled as they rained down over her and this encouraged the others to keep throwing leaves up for her.
After a while she sat down and and started to [pick up individual leaves. She held the stalk and twisted them around in her fingers. She flapped them by her face, sniffed them and tasted them. Using all her senses to explore.
I love how intensely she is looking at them. Passing them from one hand to the other. Putting them down and selecting another.
She crawled through the leaves and pulled herself up against the fence. Laughing at the children playing inside the park! Shouting to them and trying to get them to look at her. When they did, she laughed and shouted some more!
We noticed lots of lovely changes in the trees. A few months ago and all the leaves were green and thick on the branches. This has slowly been changing and now we have less leaves on the trees. We can see through the leaves to the blue sky behind. The sun is shining through and lighting up all the lovely colours!
The children noticed the seeds on the branches. We watched a few of them fall in the breeze and the children all pointed to them and told me they that they spin! We watched them and talked about the shape of the seeds. They look like helicopter propellers! Maybe this is why they fly? They all started to share their ideas and thoughts. Talking excitedly!
Little “L” and “X” noticed lines in the bark of a tree and used sticks to trace over them from top to bottom. We talked about making sure we were gentle with the bark. The bark protects the tree and stops it from getting damaged. We need to make sure we are gentle with the bark so that the tree can stay safe and healthy. They were really respectful and you could see they were protecting the tree.
Round the other side there is a big split in the tree and they could see how the wood inside had been damaged because it didn’t have bark on it. There is a big dip that has wood pulp in it. Probably munched up by insects. They used their sticks to move it around and look for the bugs that might have made it.