One of the most amazing things about nature is that it never stops. In August, we explored our ability of the mind to be creative and resourceful. The prospects were similarly endless.
A stick collection engaged the children’s imagination. First, a teacher narrated a visual story of “it is not a stick…it is a…” Later, the children came up with their own ideas of what their stick was… a sword to fight fierce dragons in the forest, a wand to cast magic spells or a broomstick to transport to other worlds…the possibilities were almost endless.
A field of grass and a few sticks, stones and leaves turned into our very own magic carpets to fly off to faraway lands, or a giant butterfly that glided through the clouds.
Nature offers many opportunities for science. Science starts with curiosity and observation. If you keep your eyes and ears open and record what you notice, then you are practicing science skills. Our children at Futurekids, a daycare in Coquitlam, enjoyed observing the effect of the sun on sun sensitive paper and creating designs.
Recent studies indicate that dirt can actually help children feel happy and is great for the immune system. Certain types of bacteria found in soil activate a natural antidepressant in our bodies. Furthermore, exposure to the naturally occuring microbes in soil helps build stronger, more disease resistant children. Our children at Futurekids, a daycare in Coquitlam, enjoy the experience of making mud at Town Centre Park.