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Spring 2022
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Celebrating mud at Honeycomb Kids Preschool in Richmond.

"The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful."

- E.E. Cummings
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Child's Perspective

"I have a discovery over here! Come look at this!

It's like a whole fairy land!"

-Students at Nature's NiƱos Pre-K in East Montpelier
Read more on our blog next week

Ideas for Families in Spring

David Sobel has identified seven play motifs, or recurring play patterns, observing children playing freely in natural areas around the world. Read more here.
Adventure: Read The Secret Pool by Kimberly Ridley and explore these ephemeral wetlands by taking a look at the Vermont Vernal Pool Atlas. Be on the lookout for amphibian egg masses!
Fantasy and Imagination: Take old muffin tins, pots, pans, bowls, tongs, spatulas, funnels, rolling pins, potato mashers, ice cream scoops, or other used kitchen supplies outside with you and create a mud kitchen.
Animal Allies: Transform yourself into a beaver and experiment making a dam across a small stream. Make sure to let the stream return to the natural flow after investigating.
Maps and Paths: Arrange gutters and buckets to make a maze. Predict where water will move through the maze and then use a watering can to pour some in to see what happens. Or watch the rain!
Special Places: Become a bird and create a nest big enough to fit in and cozy enough to keep your eggs safe and warm!
Small Worlds: Create puddle-side fairy houses and boats. Read Backyard Fairies by Phoebe Wahl or the many fairy books by Tracy Kane for inspiration!
Hunting and Gathering: Forage wild leek leaves - only take one of every ten you see. To confirm their identity, make sure that the plant smells like onion.

Natural History Mystery

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Who is hiding in the leaf litter? Hint: This is the special time of year when you can see them above ground. The mystery will be unveiled in our blog today.

Research

Risky play is organized into six categories: great heights, rapid speeds, dangerous tools, dangerous elements, rough and tumble, and disappearing or getting lost.

Research shows that allowing children to engage in risky play helps them face fears, build confidence, understand and use their bodies, hone physical and social skills, and understand the world.

Places to Ramble

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Smell the spring ephemeral flowers at Eagle Mountain and Niquette Bay State Park.
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