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Creativity, Curiosity and Innovation Explodes in The Garden Classroom! (Part 2)

 Here are some more examples of the children’s creativity that I was able to document  as they worked and played in the Garden Classroom last week. Image These 5 Day boys continue to refine their ability to balance the building materials in new and interesting ways as they did last year. They are talking more to each other and showing a great deal more respect for each other’s ideas. I am so privileged to witness such growth and development! The (plastic) reptiles are enjoying a very comfortable and cozy shelter made for them by these master builders.

 

 

Image   After a child in the 3 Day classroom discovered a small piece of wood on the ground she brought it to me and declared that it was a “sea otter.” She told me she needed to paint it. After providing her with some acrylic paints, other children discovered their own pieces of wood or in some cases, some eucalyptus bark they discovered in the Art Cottage, Soon, a whole menagerie appeared, mostly identified as sea otters but one was a “sea otter monster.”  and another a “rainbow polar bear.” After painting. the creatures, the children glued and painted seed pods for eyes. The original sea otter grew a “mustache!” You can see the  sea otter with mustache in the center of the picture.  

There’s more! Watch for part 3!

 

When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he find it attached to the rest of the world. -John Muir

Our new school year is well underway! All of the classes in our morning program have had an opportunity to spend time in the Garden Classroom exploring, creating and discovering new opportunities for learning. The returning children discovered a favorite activity – with a twist! The building area benefited from my recent camping trip where I discovered, and somehow manage to cram into my little Toyota, a long twisty, arching oak log to challenge our many talented builders. I also added some tree stumps I scored from my local nursery.  I will also be adding some granite and other rocks as a way to enhance their building and hopefully help the children see new possibilities for play in the natural world all around them. As countless children before them, a stick or a stone is the perfect toy and can be found anywhere. These materials provide endless hours of play. More importantly, these children will grow up to appreciate our natural world and will do what they can to preserve it for countless children to come.