Friday, April 25, 2014

Earth Week - April 21-25

This week at The Pa-Paw Patch, we extended Earth Day into a whole week and learned all about taking care of our planet.  We did special activities each day to learn about different ways to help our environment and had a lot of fun doing it too!  We also used this week to kickoff our playground "redo," meaning we're working towards including more natural play areas into our playgrounds!

We were closed Monday as part of our Easter break, but on Tuesday we celebrated actual Earth Day by planting three new trees on our playgrounds!  We chose a maple and two river birches to provide neat leaves, bark, and limbs for the children to explore.  The kids got to watch the planting and learned about the trees' roots and limbs.  Then they got to help water them!

On Wednesday, we recycled old newspaper into new paper planting cups!  We soaked newspaper overnight, ground it up in the food processor, and let the kids mash it into muffin tin cups to create their own planting cup!

On Thursday, we planted a wildflower garden!  Ms. Melanie's husband, Tim, came and tilled up a section of ground for us, and every child got to sprinkle wildflower seeds on our garden, which will attract butterflies and hummingbirds.  The children will be able to explore insects, plants, life cycles, and nature in their new garden!

On Friday, we made Lorax planters and planted a sunflower seed in the paper planting cups we made on Tuesday.  A great ending to a fun-filled week!

Here's a sampling of other art and activities done in our classrooms this week:

The garden sensory tub - Ever class got one for the week.

The 3's inspecting a mat for the homeless made out of plastic grocery bags by the ladies of Plateau United Methodist Church.  What a way to recycle plastic bags for a good cause!

Waterplay in the 4's with blue and green toys - Earth colors!

We've got green thumbs!

Dirt cake snack!

Decorating reusable shopping bags

What awesome city building!

Happy Earth Day!

“Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Easter Week - April 14-18

We've had a great Easter week at The Pa-Paw Patch!  We've crafted, sang, egg-hunted, partied, played, and learned!  Here's a few pictures from our busy week...

The one-year-olds stayed busy counting Easter eggs, sorting jellybeans, stamping egg shapes on paper with a potato cut in half, and dying Easter eggs.  They really enjoyed their egg hunt and Easter party too!

The two-year-olds painted eggs with colored shaving cream.  They also had an egg hunt and dyed Easter eggs!

The three-year-olds made marbled eggs with painted shaving cream.  They helped stuff the Easter eggs with candy for the egg hunt and dyed eggs too!

The four-year-olds made jellybeans for their flannel board to use with a jellybean song.  They used pompoms to stamp paint on eggs and did an experiment with Peeps to see what would dissolve them the most.  The kids got quite a kick out of this project, eagerly checking it everyday!  They dyed Easter eggs and did the egg hunt too.

The five-year-olds had fun with the Easter sensory tub, made mosaic crosses, decorated Easter eggs, not to mention dying eggs and enjoying their egg hunt!

The Great Egg Hunt!

Remember, we're closed Friday, April 18th and Monday April 21st for Easter.  Have a wonderful Easter!