Crozet Play School

Kids at Play in Crozet


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Wildrock Adventure

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We had the most wonderful field trip this week to the beautiful Wildrock Park.  The views were breathtaking, and we couldn’t have dialed up any more perfect weather!  Our adventure started in the woods, crossing a stream to find the activities that had been prepared for our group.

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We had to cross the stream with large rocks and the adventure began!

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We were so lucky to have one of our very own Moms as the leader for our field trip. Mrs. Sarah lead one of the stations that was a color hunt into the woods.  The children did a great job finding all of the colors of the rainbow during their nature walk.

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One of my favorite activities was a hunt for wooden gnomes.  The kiddos had to look carefully through the woods to find lots of different gnomes for them!  They had so much fun with this, and it would be very simple to set up at home!  Before they left the station, they had the hide the gnomes for the next group.

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The #1 station was definitely the “mud kitchen” set up by the stream.  There were boots, pots, pans, spoons, nets, and lots of fun equipment to go digging in the mud!

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There were a few other stations that I forgot to capture on camera, but we also loved building fairy houses and going on an animal hike.

Our last stop was a lunch after our morning adventure!  We gathered around the camp fire, and everyone enjoyed the sunshine and beautiful weather.

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Thank you Wildrock for the most beautiful outdoor adventures!  We will definitely be back!


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Life on the Farm

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We had a awesome field trip today to a local farm!  It was quite a muddy adventure after the weeks and weeks of rain we have had, but we wore our boots and toughed it out.

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We started our tour by getting a show from the two turkeys that live on the farm.  They followed us around on our whole field trip and were part of our class by the end of the trip. Some of the children did not like their funny features and sounds, but some of the little kids surprised me how much they liked the turkeys!

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Our next stop was as tour of the green house or the “hoop house.” We got peel back and open some kale seeds, and smell some fresh garlic that was curing.

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Our next stop was the chicken coop.  The children got to hold the chicks and also go inside the chicken coop to collect some fresh eggs.

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We also got to view the meat producing chickens, and see how they move around their coops throughout the farm.

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Our next stop was the outdoor garden!  There were so many plants to look at, but we first found a bunch of ladybugs.

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Farmer Marisa also pulled up a teeny tiny carrot!

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C loved seeing, holding, and smelling the vegetables!  He looks like a true chef!

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What did you find A?

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We made some wishes at the weeping willow tree, and met Farmer Tom who runs the farm!

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Then we went to the barn for a quick lesson about the difference between “straw” and “hay” from Farmer Tom.

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Then we met some wild and adorable piglets!IMG_5124.jpgIMG_5172.jpgIMG_5130.jpg

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After a trip through the woods we found the piglets mama “Penelope!”IMG_5146.jpgIMG_5155.jpg

And then we met her friends “Dolly” and “Lollipop”

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Lastly we got to feed Dolly and Lollipop!

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We were completely tired and hungry after all that so we had a picnic snack.  We were so lucky to have the clouds finally break for the morning and get to enjoy such a memorable experience!

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We will definitely be back again in the years to come!

 

 

 


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The Great Nature Adventure!

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It already feels like ages ago, but just a few weeks ago we went for a long nature walk on the trails right by school!  We are so lucky to have little oasis like these so close to us for a little retreat.

 

Each child got a bag to collect their goodies while they were walking.  They picked up sticks, rocks, strips of bark, acorns and even a snail shell!

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We stopped a few times along the way to talk about what we saw.  The mossy trees were always an attraction to stop and feel the tree!

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The biggest attraction was the creek, of course!  There were a few perfect spots to stop and throw rocks, watch the water, and climb on large rocks next to the creek.

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Once we made it back to school, we had a lot of nature items to use!  The first thing we did was pull the large stick inside that the children found.  I laid it on a piece of paper with different sets of acrylic paints.  They went to town painting it over two days.  They would sit down in different groups and work on all of the different sides and edges of the stick.

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I wanted to use a variety of the materials at the same time.  I made a clay invitation using small lumps of clay, beads, and their bags of nature items.  They were so interested in the clay and it’s properties!  We used clay only a small number of times last year, so it was neat to see them so interested in this art form.

 

The results of their nature clay sculptures were fantastic!  After their clay dried Ms. Lori walked around the room and had each child talk about and describe their clay sculpture.  The stories and names of the sculptures varied as widely as the children’s interests.  Some children said they created race cars, fairy worlds, the beach, and some made themselves with the clay.  We displayed our work on the block shelf for a few weeks.

 

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Their final nature sculptures on display in the classroom:

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Another art invitation I offered was painting bark and their leftover nature items with the acrylic paints.  With the nice weather we have been having, I was able to set this invitation up outside for children to paint under the deck. 

 

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One of the last nature crafts we did after our nature walk was making fairy wands.  This was a great fine motor activity!  They had to slide the beads onto the sticks and then I wrapped them in ribbon.  The fairy wands turned out great, but I learned the hard way that the weight of the beads and ribbon caused the wands to snap easily.  My girls broke their wands very quickly!  It is about the process, right?!!

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After we finished the large branches I covered the paint in modge podge to seal in the paint.  They have become pieces of art for our classroom, and I have incorporated them into fairy play in the block area.

 

I can’t wait for our next great outdoor adventure!