It's always enlightening to go into the woods with a group of young children. I learn new things every day!
Yesterday, we discussed the feelings of trees. We didn't talk about WHETHER trees feel... that was a given. The children's discussion centred around WHAT trees feel. Here's what I overheard:
"When trees are brown, they are mad."
"When trees have leaves, they are shaded and happy."
"And when they don't have leaves, they are sad and mad."
"When they get their leaves, they are happy again!"
"Trees get their feelings by feeling the wind."
We looked at different seeds, and found seeds on our hike that trees had produced this spring. We also stopped for a snack, sitting on a big log. We counted the rings on the log to see how old it was. 58!!
We read Frank Glew's book called "I Need a Hug" about a gigantic tree who just wanted to be hugged. Then we all found trees to hug in the forest at Muskrat Bay.
I think those trees felt happy to be hugged! What do YOU think the trees around you are feeling?
Hammers, Huge Swings, and the Freedom to Play