Summer 2023
“I sincerely believe that for the child, and for the parent seeking to guide him, it is not half so important to know as to feel. If facts are the seeds that later produce knowledge and wisdom, then the emotions and the impressions of the senses are the fertile soil in which the seeds must grow. The years of early childhood are the time to prepare the soil.”
- Rachel Carson

Child's Perspective

“We’re making a water filter!”


“When children play in natural spaces, they’re far more likely to invent their own games than in more structured settings – a key factor in becoming self-directed and inventive adults later in life” -Richard Louv author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder

Ideas for Families in Summer

Collect small treasures of leaves, flowers, seeds, etc. and nestle them between two pieces of packing tape to create a crown!
Bring out some loose parts (such as gutters, funnels, flexi-hose, condiment squeeze bottles, bowls, buckets, spoons, sponges, ice) and play with water!
Construct a fairy-sized boat and watch where it goes! Read Fairy Boat by Tracy Kane for some inspiration.

Natural History Mystery

Photo by Barbara Slaiby- Nelson Carter
Photo by Barbara Slaiby
A blue frog in Vermont?! What is the story?
The mystery will be unveiled in our blog tomorrow.

Places to Ramble

Explore these family-friendly swimming holes: Pike’s Falls in Jamaica (pictured) and Big Rocks (aka Kenneth H. Ward Memorial Access) in Moretown. Read about more in the book Take the Plunge: An explorer’s guide to swimming holes in Vermont.

Upcoming Programs

-Huntington Library Storytime and Outdoor Play: July 7 9:30 - 10:30
-Fletcher Free Library Outdoor Playshop: July 8 10:00-11:30
-Walden Library Storytime and Outdoor Play: July 17 10:30-11:30
-Milton Family Community Center Playgroup: July 20 10:00 - 11:30
-Cabot Library Storytime and Outdoor Play: July 25 10:30 - noon
-Saint Johnsbury Library Storytime and Outdoor Play: July 24 10:00 - 11:00
-Winooski Memorial Library Storytime and Outdoor Play: July 29 and August 11 10:30 - 11:30
-Williston Library Storytime and Outdoor Play: August 1, 8, 15, 22 10:30 - 11:30

Interested in joining Four Winds this summer for nature-based play and learning?
Contact Ellen (ellen@fwni.org) for more information on partnering for free discussion series, storytimes, play groups, and more.
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