"When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world."
~ John Muir
In the spirit of Hallowe'en, we had a web/spidery theme to our time together this past week.
But first, look at this toad between the two glove bunnies! We spotted him on the way to our site. The toad was trying its best to make itself into a flat pancake, close to the ground. We thought it looked awfully similar in colour to the brown dry leaves that were scattered on the ground.
We started by hearing an Anansi the spider story of why spiders have long, thin legs. The story also related to themes of greediness, laziness, hospitality, responsibility, and living in community.
Then it was time to learn another knot so that we can weave ropes like spiders through the trees. This time, we learned the square, or reef, knot. This is a great knot for attaching two pieces of rope together.
We worked together to form a humongous rope made up of all of our small pieces. Then we limboed because it seemed like the right thing to do.
Many things evolved during our exploration time. Like shelter building and imaginary play:
Sweaving! This was a made-up word that evolved from this activity. Sewing + weaving = sweaving! We used little sticks with yarn tied on to sweave our creations together. The square knot helped us add extra yarn when we ran out.
Creating a forest playground - complete with a see-saw and a bouncy stick.
We had fun with our autumn leaf crowns.
We're so thankful for the many connections we're developing to this beautiful forest.
Hammers, Huge Swings, and the Freedom to Play