Our Polliwogs group includes some mighty adventurous explorers and naturalists. It's amazing to me -- all of the information and creativity that I observe in this group each week.
From stories of gigantic purple butterflies with wings so wide you can fly on them (have YOU seen them at Huron Natural Area??? Please let me know when you spot one. I'm keen to hop on for a ride too!) to construction companies that are contracting various building projects in the red pine forest, each afternoon has been an interesting, informative, and imaginative adventure.
We spied a lot of creatures and flowers on our walk through the meadow.
Would you take a look at this??!! A praying mantis party!!! This was a very cool discovery. How many can you count here?
The pond is a great place for discovery too: frogs, tadpoles, dragonfly nymphs, minnows, and more! We loved seeing painted turtles sunning themselves on logs.
One of our favourite spots is our house in the red pine forest. A lot happens here: finding white fuzzy tussock moths and making protective homes for them, digging in the dirt, major construction, establishing ambulance and fire stations, cooking food over a fire, and imagining what a stick can be (other than a gun). We're working together, trying on and negotiating different roles, and making ourselves at home in the forest.
Hammers, Huge Swings, and the Freedom to Play