We're enjoying as much as possible of the woods before Spring brings along her faithful N.C. companion: poison ivy. Then our outdoor focus will return to our play yard closer to home and the seeds we've planted in the garden. The children have loved working and playing together in the rugged woody hills behind Appleseeds. Sometimes a large branch requires lifting by 3 or 4 friends (just for the heck of it!), requiring grunts and deepened voices in order to lift it, and then drop it down again. Another game they love to play is to reach out a hand to a friend who has made it to the top of a hill and say "help me up!", whether it's required or not, it's enjoyable for them to have their friends waiting for them at the top and helping them up.
All through February we had a little finger play about 2 hungry mice who looked for some food. It is done with children sitting down "indian style". The hands are the mice and they "creep creep creep to the first floor (knees), they look all around...not a crumb to be found! And then they heard a sound, MEOW!! And they scampered to the ground!" The children do the same on the second floor (shoulders), but in the attic (head) the mice find a BIG piece of cheese and "nibble, nibble, nibble, nibble, nibble, and gave the crumbs to the birds". By the end, the children knew all the words and loved saying it on their own.