I know spring started a couple of weeks ago, but with Easter, our spring activities got pushed back a bit. This week we are having fun with those beautiful spring flowers you can find everywhere. I can't wait for Thursday when we take a trip to a local greenhouse called Ott's Exotic Plants. I have been visiting this facility since my first three year old class in 1986--I love it.
We started today off by talking about some signs of spring we might find outside; flowers, buds on the trees, birds, bees(we have a million wood bees), worms, etc. We then went outside for a spring nature walk. I was amazed at the difference between the morning class' walk and the afternoon classe' walk. In the morning we stepped outside the building and you could hear birds chirping and see them flying around. In the afternoon we stepped outside to 100 degree weather (yes, that's an exaggeration), total silence--not a bird chirp anywhere, and winds blowing at hurricane force.
What did we find? Daffodils, hyacinths, tulips, violets, worms, slugs, forsythia, maple tree buds, new growth on the pines, mushrooms(I think), a cardinal, and some other kind of bird. I think it was a successful walk.
My activity today was to splatter paint a mural of flowers. I introduced the idea with the book, "Planting a Rainbow," by Lois Ehlert. The idea was to have the paper outside, draw some stems with leaves, and let them splatter different colored flowers with one of those scrubber sponges on a stick(I'm sure they have a real name, but I don't know what it is).
So I'm driving to work--what?! rain! Pray it stops. It stops, ground was still a little wet, but we can paint outside. The AM creates their masterpiece and I leave the smocks and paint outside for the PM class. We walk outside for our nature trip in the PM, I have no more smocks, I have no more paint dishes. The wind has blown the smocks into the next yard, and all the paint dishes all over the driveway (it sure looks pretty:). I had to move everything inside for the PM class.
If you are planning to splatter paint, don't take the activity lightly. I wore old clothes--well not rags--and I was careful. I still came home with polka dot pants. And the room? We had paint splatter from the tables to the floor, the chairs, the doll house, the sand table, you name it, there was paint on it. Also, the children start out real timid like, but by the end of the activity they are splattering like they are killing bugs!
I finished up the day reading my favorite story, "Grow Flower, Grow," by Lisa Bruce. Our creations were beautiful though. On Thursday I will hang them in the room to enjoy.