Cohort A came together in their first week back to Dawn and Dusk to create a habitat for squirrels in the forest. For three whole days they gathered sticks, leaves, branches and acorns together and began to create a safe space for the squirrels to come and rest and eat! It was built on teamwork, communication, and everyone's ideas were welcomed and supported. Teamwork makes the dream work when everyone is included!
After a long tough walk through the deep, deep snow we finally made it into the woods. Four children started to shovel up the snow, gather sticks and make a home base to keep warm. “Make the walls high, so that it’ll be warmer in here” said one, “Oh yeah, good idea” added another.
More gathered around the fire pit, “look, you rub the sticks together like this to make fire” one stated. “Ok, once the fire burns out, we will go hunt some deer or maybe some rabbits for food” added another.
The boys finished their nights work, then headed to the home base for some rest so that they could be well rested in the morning. “Ok, another day of work!” R said with a smile as he marched out of the base.
The boys started their morning off by veering off into the far part of the woods hoping that they would be able to spot some wild animals. “WE GOT SOMETHING,” K yelled while waving the others down, “I SEE A BEAR SLEEPING OVER THERE, COME ON GUYS” he added. The others ran over and observed. “Yeah, guys come here! We need all help from all our friends, it looks heavy… H and K help me get this bear on the sled, we will need something really strong to pry this up!” N said. The boys pushed, and pulled but couldn’t lift the bear up into the sled. “Ok, lets gather all the sticks we can to take back to the base to make it more stable!” N exclaimed. H, K, H and R piled up the sticks one by one into the sled. N on the other hand, got distracted by some foot prints, “Look over here, I see tiny foot prints, come follow them it has to be around here somewhere!”
The boys could feel their energy running low, and Kayden suggested that they get some rest for tomorrows adventure. After a good nights rest they got up and went back to work. Nash decided to enhance their lookout location by camouflaging the hole so animals didn't suspect anything.
Once the lookout was complete, it was time to take a break as their arms and legs were tired from all the hard work. They decided to pack it in for the evening and go back the next day to continue on this fun adventure as a team!
On a recent trip to the Oak Hammock Marsh, the Dawn and Dusk kids had some new and exciting experiences!
They snow-shooed through the frozen marshlands identifying animal tracks, and they learned all about which critters hibernate and which are still active in a Manitoba winter. They felt fox, beaver, and weasel pelts, and learned a few new outdoor games. The kids even had a chance to make little paper helicopter leafs to launch from the second floor of the Interpretive Centre. The more we learn about the wonders of winter, the more we enjoy it!
On December 2nd, we hosted our biggest Winter Family Night yet! Games, auctions, pizza, and a fundraiser for The Winnipeg Humane Society added to this wonderful evening for our Dawn and Dusk staff and families. Even Santa and Mrs. Clause came by!
We would like to warmly thank everyone who attended, the Board of Directors for serving dinner, and the families who helped us clean up when the evening was over. Everyone came together in such a warm display of community and we are so thankful to have these relationships with you all.
Enjoy some of the pictures from the evening!
It's hockey season once again at Dawn & Dusk, and the children have been making mini rinks all over the Building & Construction area, using whatever they can find to be sticks and pucks. We happened to have a few mini sticks and when we brought them out, suddenly half of the are became an official rink with stands for the fans and even a sports reporter with a video camera! Stay tuned for the official announcement of our annual Mini Sticks Hockey Club!
Sorry we haven't blogged in a while -we've been busy having way too much fun!
So far this year "building" has been a popular theme with the creative kids at Dawn and Dusk, and they're exploring different ways to build towns, towers, homes, mazes, and Beyblades out of the various items we provide.
How tall can we make that tower? How long can that Lego Beyblade spin? What can we make with the large Linkin Logs besides a house? How big can we make a marble run?
Let's find out!