There is something about this silly season, even though it’s a mad rush to have everything ready, everything finished and complete, there is still a sense of joy and light heartedness. I’ve spent quite some time in the rooms over the last few days, and I have loved watching how each child’s eyes light up at the sight or mention of Christmas.
On Friday, as the weather was miserable and we’d been stuck inside for long periods of time, our Sustainability Leader came up with an idea… BING!
It was a bright, sunny morning and our Educators from the Jitterbugs room were excited. Today, they were revisiting their bear hunt. The children had such a great time the last time trekking through the service, that this time the Educators were modifying it slightly and taking it outdoors.
The children were all part of the set up, and the Educators even asked our Honeybees and Butterflies to be involved. The children from the Butterflies helped to set up a tub full of wet sand and (their choice) tanbark, they also offered some trees for the experience that they had made. This time, our Honeybees had the hiding bear, and children needed to trek through their (Jitterbugs) yard (obstacles), through Butterflies yard and then into the Honeybees. It was a GREAT adventure.
By far the biggest highlight was the muddy puddle, the children had the opportunity to stomp through it with their bare feet; the need to find the hiding bear became less and less, as they sploshed their feet through the water and explored using their senses.
The children did eventually venture off to find the bear but quickly returned to the GREAT and SPECTACULAR muddy puddle.
It was a great experience that exhibited and taught many great skills; team work between educators, team work between children and team work between children and educators. We can also identify new interests and FUN!
So happy our little friends discovered something new and fun on this Adventure.