I LOVE when our greening moments spawn from something that Sam does, says or asks me about. Those are some of my favorite teaching moments and some of my favorite activities that we come up with.
Today she picked up a coconut and asked me where it came from. I looked around and immediately saw the tree. It was have been easy just to point but instead I looked back at her and said "why don't you look around and see if you can figure it out". So she did. And she found it.
So a a few steps away I saw some flower petals.I picked them up and asked her the same question. She looked around and then excitedly ran over to the bush with that same color flowers.
We did this with several other flowers and then some leaves too. It was like an improptu scavenger hunt or matching game based completely on what was around us and available. So fun!
The Nitty Gritty!
I am seeing this adapted in dozens of different ways. If you are in a good, diverse area of a forest this would be neat to do with different types of nuts/seeds. And wouldn't it be fun to do this with the vegetable plants in your garden; remove the vegetable when they are ripe but then go back to try and match up which vegetable came from which plant. This would certainly be a harder version for older kids that are accustom to vegetable gardens.
Okay, this is another brief one. After a long day in the hot sun my husband has a migraine and has been a sleep for hours now and I can barely keep my eyes open as I type this. So Happy New Year to all of you!