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Sledding, Dragons, Caribou, Snakes, and Ice Eggs in the week of February 27th, 2023

Updated: Mar 3, 2023

What Happened:

Monday AM was quite slippery, too slippery for the children to climb the two snow plow mountain en route to the forest. The slippery snow made sledding down from the path by the bridge a more attractive proposition with the faster speeds. The quiet place by the “waterfall” under the branches of the evergreen tree was a place for quiet contemplation, dreaming of summer, and discussing nature.

The Monday PM group prepared ice art with balloons, water and food colouring to be displayed on Wednesday. The creative children had another idea though and launched an extended play scenario where the colourful water balloons became dragon eggs. They also had an egg daycare centre snow nest where they could leave their eggs for safe keeping while they went to work. This play scenario carried on through Wednesday PM when the water balloons returned as ice orbs. Again the children were more interested in playing with gorgeous frozen orbs than admiring their beauty as art. The adults followed their lead in enjoying the ice eggs as props in their emerging dramatic play. Wednesday PM we also gathered some snow “boulders” to throw from the bridge onto the ice below.

Both days also involved mark making in the snow with blueberry juice in squirt bottles. The Wednesday AM group also enjoyed sledding and snow art. The children also played London Bridge and Duck Duck Goose.

What Does it Mean?

The children are growing and bonding socially as they connect with each other and nature over time in their play. The egg-play scenario demonstrated how the children value their loving parents through their gentle care for the eggs. Riding the sleds safely required physical and social coordination and became an important learning experience for many children. A greater awareness for their own and others' needs was recognised and learned as children learned how to patiently wait for their own turn. We can see trust growing in the relationships between the children and the teachers, and with each other as they become more free and confident to share personal expression in their play and art.

What’s Next?

We will reconnect after our spring break and continue to explore the children's interest in dragons, castles, animals and ice. We will continue to share and create stories from many different cultures and from the children themselves.

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Mei-Lyn Freeman
Mei-Lyn Freeman
13 mar 2023

Gorgeous post with photos and highlights. The winter season has shared a new perspective of the forest with us and we are amazed to see how our community has grown together as one, and as individuals. Thank you for sharing!

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