As a nature-based preschool, we make every effort to take advantage of the bounty that nature has provided. The games and theater pictured below offer a few examples of how we incorporate nature into play.
The tree stumps were created many months ago … the result of a fallen tree. Some of the stumps have been embedded into the side of toad mountain, creating an outdoor amphitheater, where the frog students often perform.
Many of the stumps are scattered in a field on the opposite side of toad mountain, near the outdoor classroom. For months the students have been using the stumps as stepping stones and lilipads, hopping from one to the next, enhancing their gross motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
Recently, with the help of teachers, the students created a checker board atop one of the stumps, and a tic-tac-toe board on another. The checker pieces were made from stones, which the children collected and then painted to create a complete set. For the tic-tac-toe game board, the students, again with the aid of teachers create X’s using sticks bound by yarn and O’s by tying together a circle made from the remnants of a plant, held together using yarn. The students take great pride in their new games based on old, familiar classics.