Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Time For Tots: Nature Day

Amongst the week of Alex being sick we were able to manage to still get out and have a good Time For Tots day. The weather, while admitting this might make some of you angry sad, has been beautiful here. So for this week's Time For Tots' day we had a Nature Day. For those of you still buried in the snow, you can file this idea away for whenever you thaw out.

We began with a walk through here...

where we found some tree trunks and talked about figuring out how old the tree wasWe then headed to the stream, which actually had a good amount of water thanks to all of the rain. We even found some animal tracks by it and talked about what they could be.
And well if you are at a stream you have to throw rocks in of course.

We talked about ripples, we talked about the current, we used a giant stick to measure how deep the water was and we did this all and managed to stay dry.
We then continued on our walk to find more great discoveries. We talked about why it was shady on the path even though the sun was shining, we talked about how the bark protects the trees, and how they make food.

And ended back at the park were we did leaf rubs
and then swung of courseIt was a great day and I was amazed at how much I was able to just naturally teach the kids while we were out on our nature walk.

22 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great day! I am jealous of your nice weather it is cold here yet. I am looking forward to spring to get out of the house more.

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  2. I wish I could take my kids out like that. I miss spring and summer. I love your picture of your daughter on the swing. My Emmy loves the swings and has been begging me to take her to the park for weeks. Umm it's a negative windchild you'd freeze your face off!

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  3. I guess all those dang science classes paid off after all. :)

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  4. Thank you for leaving me a comment on my blog. It meant so much.
    Thank you.

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  5. I can't wait until it gets warm enough to do that here! Granted, it doesn't get stupidly cold here, but too cold to go out on an adventure. Looks like you guys had fun!

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  6. I know I'll hate the weather when we're in the 100s, but right now it couldn't be better!

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  7. I agree...I can't wait til the snow melts here. If truth be told, I just had the worst morning...and, guess what? More snow soon...

    It affects me. I affects my daughter. How do people in Alaska do it?

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  8. Love the leaf rubbings! And the look on your little girl's face while holding that huge rock is awesome - sheer excitement! Too funny. :)

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  9. That entire post was a bunch of fabulous pictures! It looks like so much fun! I miss living in Washington where we had GOREOUS walking trails. But after months of freezing weather, any trail would do . . . can't wait to do this too!

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  10. I love the rock shots, and the one of Lucas standing INSIDE the tree trunk! Very cool.

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  11. What a fun nature walk! My daughter would totally have grabbed the biggest rock she could carry too!

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  12. This is making me long for spring. And I'm pretty impressed that no one got wet. i don't think that my kids are capable of that. . .

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  13. Looks like fun...makes me wish it was spring!

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  14. I am envious of your weather...and the pics are great!
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  15. Yep, you do make me jealous, but that's Ok, just fine... really fine.

    ;)

    Looks like a great time, Emmy and I love your new bloggy look!

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  16. Love these pics... kids are adorable! Did it take forever to download those high res images? I feel like wordpress.org's platform does.

    WHen I read your time 4 tots, I feel like a TERRIBLE mother! However, you inspire me, Emmy!

    I need to carve out more one on one (one on four) time with them. Thanks for the reminder!!

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  17. Love these pics... kids are adorable! Did it take forever to download those high res images? I feel like wordpress.org's platform does.

    WHen I read your time 4 tots, I feel like a TERRIBLE mother! However, you inspire me, Emmy!

    I need to carve out more one on one (one on four) time with them. Thanks for the reminder!!

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  18. That post just set it in stone. You are the best mom ever. I would never even think to teach my kids half the things that you talked to them about. They will have so many real life experiences to draw on when they are older they are going to be so wonderfully smart and have the best common sense.
    I will have to remember this for warmer times.
    The best that I did was let my 3 year old write "m's" in shaving cream yesterday. She had a ton of fun, but I wonder at it's educational value. :)

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  19. Oh my... so jealous!! Looks wonderful and like lots of fun!!

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  20. What a great day! You really made the most of it and got a lot of education mixed in with the fun.

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  21. I've said it before but I'll say it again ... you are a great mom! I love the rock splashing in the water! Great job capturing that!

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