There's something fascinating about miniature worlds, and the Oak Trees dove right into this tiny land of animals & the elements. There were bins of mud, snow and water available for exploration & sorting of the animals.
They got right to work sorting the animals into their "preferred" environment. This opened up a discussion on food chains, climates, and the unique way each animal contributes to the environment through everything from their dung to their migration patterns.
More than just pretending to be in an itty bitty land, the Oak Tree group had a more scientific approach to this set up, provoking questions and answers from each other and the Educators. A fine example of playing to learn and learning to play.
As our backyard here at Dawn & Dusk thaws/dries out, we'll have first hand experiences with our own wildlife and their habits. With all the nests and coccoons throughout our forests and bushes, we will have endless opportunities to continue exploring this very interesting subject!