Behind our classroom is a forest. Well, not exactly a forest, it is actually a small set of woods but when you are two, three, or even four years old, it can seem like a forest. Today our Explore and Discover theme is the forest and soon, my preschool class will be exploring our forest but for this post, I am sharing a simple idea my grandson and I came up with to explore our woods and to give grandma something to decorate the table…
We began by going for a walk and collecting a few samples from our forest. Although it isn’t fall yet, today felt like a beautiful fall day and it was the perfect day to get outdoors and explore…
We collected rocks, one leaf, a few flowers, and some pine needles and put them all in a basket to bring back with us to the classroom…
Once we had our forest collection all spread out so we could see what all we had collected, I gave my grandson a ball of play dough to use as our base for arranging our forest in a small pie tin…
After he played with the play dough for a bit (making snakes and cows) he decided it was okay that we put the ball of play dough into the pie tin and flatten it out and then we began by poking our collections into the play dough so they would stand up…
We continued to arrange our forest collection into the pan until all the plants were standing up and then my grandson piled his rocks all around the edges of the pie tin…
Together we arranged our forest and it looked absolutely lovely on my table…
And just as quickly as we put the forest together, my grandson decided it was now time to take it all apart…
So in the end, I at least got some beautiful photos of our forest arrangement and my grandson enjoyed the experience of poking plants in and out of the play dough and we both enjoyed just spending a beautiful afternoon together…
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