The ladybug group ended off November taking advantage of the beautiful weather and did some camping in the Forest! This involved gathering sticks to make a fire pit, cooking potatoes (leaves) for supper and even roasting marshmallows!
This went on for WEEKS, every time we would go to the forest the children would gather the materials again and pick up right where they left off. One child explained that when you go into the woods that you need a backpack that has water and snacks in it incase you get stranded! He explained that this is stuff for survival and just in case you're feeling dehydrated. The bags hung from the trees so that they were out of reach from bears! The camping trips were very well planned out, and safety was area of discussion every single time. One day a child even had the group practice what to do if the fire got out of control while camping, by doing a fire drill just like we practice at school and Dawn and Dusk!
The educators got together and thought about what more WE could add to this play, it seemed as though the children had it all figured out... so we decided to see how this would expand inside during free play!
The campsite was set up inside! We had a tent, a fire pit and of course some lovely trees to represent the forest. This didn't seem to be enough, the children needed more!! They started to brainstorm themselves about what else you do when you go camping... so the next step was to set up the area so that they could catch their own food!!
The children made a lake full of fish, rocks, stones and used sticks as fishing rods! They spent the morning fishing, and cooking it for dinner!
Of course with the winter weather, we had to head back outside to see what camping looks like in the winter! We went animal tracking, and we even went ice fishing!!
Stay tuned to see where we go from here.
We plan to dig even deeper into this camping adventure!