We've been preparing our garden for planting over these past couple of weeks. Last week, we planted pea seeds in one of our outdoor garden beds. This past week, we've been filling egg cartons with soil and planting more tender seeds to grow on our sunny windowsill until the threat of frost is gone. The children planted swiss chard, arugula, peppers, kale, lettuce, tomatoes, and basil. It's so hard to wait, but each morning the children check for tiny green sprouts and I think when they come in this Monday, they'll be quite pleased with what they see!! At the same time, we have daffodil and tulip bulbs popping up in our play yard and our circle time is about all of the bulbs coming out and catching sunbeams in their cup. We'll be adding more songs to our circle this week and singing about the beetles and caterpillars and other creatures waking up to the changing world around them.
Inside, we've added some cypress knees to our play time. They are wonderful for creating stories and the children right away figured out all kinds of things to do with them. They love to drape silks over them and create little canopy areas to tell a small story, or they nest stuffed animals in them, or even just create a "sculpture" with various ropes and pom poms. It's so nice how something so simple can create so many new ways to play.
We've had special spring crafts that we've been working on. The children used hole punches to cut shapes out of kite paper. Later, the children stuck the shapes onto contact paper and mounted the contact paper between an egg shaped frame that they cut from some watercolor paintings. These will be displayed in our window as special Easter egg suncatchers to decorate our room for spring.