(I want to remind you here that though the watermarking on these photos is annoying, I placed them with the intention of discouraging others from using my kids pics for their own purposes. Sorry!)
I walked around with the kids and asked them what shape leaves were and about the texture of the bark. I talked about different shades of green on each tree. I tried to keep it short because they don't really want too much info nor would they remember it. I didn't want them to get bored and lose interest either.
Those are the childrens class rooms and buildings in the back there for the church.
They kids examined how the roots looked going into the ground in the middle pic.
I mostly talked about three different trees; Pines, Eucalyptus and Palo Verdes. Palo Verdes are native here and have green bark.
They all had a pink back packs from the dollar store that contained a pencil box, water colors, glue stick and tape, a pink sketch pad also from the dollar store, and a small container for water. We would stop now and then for them to sketch and paint a tree they liked. I encouraged them to study each tree and think about how the trunk looked and the shape of the leaves. I carried their drinking water with me to make sure they where drinking and didn't spill.
That's my daughter who came along to give me a hand with Itty Bitty should I need it. (Itty Bitty is her brothers child)
My goals were to teach them about their environment, and teach them to see what they are looking at, and have fun. Back at home we drew more pics in our pink sketch books and taped leaves and other found items in the sketch books. Then all the kids started playing as usually while I rested in my recliner :) It was a very good day and I so wish I could have an outing like that a couple of days a week. Wouldn't that be the life?
What do you think? Want to start a kids club with your grand kids?
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