Today was our 8th and final event of the spring program and study. I selected a few closing activities; a drumming "sound and seek" game and a "Hoot" rock ceremony. Of course, water was a big part of our morning too!
Today my senses were filled!
What I saw: -A path with fallen obstacles (trees) which were not barriers for families but invitations to hop, climb and explore! -Smell containers eagerly filled with forest spices such as: dandelion flowers, fuzzy seeds and leaves, spruce needles, horsetail "leaves", soil and crystallized sap pieces (yum!) - Deer with soft velvet antlers curious about our drumming sounds and the excitement of the group -the kiddos patiently waiting for the sound of the drum and then running as a pack through the forest and off the trail to find the drum! Pure magic and joy! -Children leading and parents following... off the trail - New kiddos at the front of the pack both young and older running together and taking turns walking over mud on a wood plank. - Creek excitement - turning attention and strategies to getting across. - Rocks: tools, shapes, opportunities to build and create
What I feel: - Excitement. Magic. A welcoming and playful forest.
What I think: There are so many magic spots created along the way where a community of children convene, test, exchange, explore...these spots are like little eddies along the edges of a river: safe and swirling with activity, then we re-enter the current of the trail. Like an eddy, which is visible in a river, these magic spots in the forest seem to become visible after their discovery by children.