Treasures in the forest

Our area had a big wind storm last weekend.  Many neighbours lost trees.  Many homes were damaged.  We were safe, but parts of our roof came off!

This morning, my littlest ones and I went for a stroll to check on the safety of our favourite trees.  The kids were worried that the squirrels homes and birds nest would be destroyed.

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Luckily, beyond a few broken branches, the kids were very happy to see all the squirrels and birds seemed to be in good shape.

While we were checking the forest though, we found our first Trilliums this season.  If you aren’t from Ontario, you may not know that Trilliums are a very big deal here.  It is actually illegal to pick one!

So I tried to grab a quick picture of the kids by the flowers.  But with all the excitement over the flowers, I was nervous the toddler might grab it…  He didn’t!  Phew.

A night in jail would not be the ideal way to spend this spring day for this lady.  I would love to hear about your spring treasures!

 

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A little sunshine

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One day of sunshine had us out in t-shirts, building forts, blowing bubbles, and jumping on the trampoline.

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Unfortunately, there is an ice storm headed over to our area tomorrow…

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Scaling the walls to boost Gross motor skills

Use what you have!  We have a neat wall under a bridge.  It has big rocks, and a decent slant the kids can use to climb.

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Although nature always wins in my books, sometimes architecture can be fun to climb too!

 

Cold Rainy days for the outdoorsy

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Usually it doesn’t take much to get kids enjoying the outdoors.  However this week, it took a little incentive to get them out on a really cold day, in the rain…

However, a puddle, a hockey stick and some bubbles kept everyone busy as bees until they found a real project.  Which was of course, splashing in the biggest puddle and getting really really really muddy!

After a big romp in the rain (but mostly mud), we all snuggled up  by the fireplace and enjoyed hot chocolate.

Kids at the creek equals resilience

Cold wet socks, pants and wet mittens, plus a project that takes much more work than expected, plus convincing your 3 year old sister to help you; Equals resilience, patience and conflict resolution skills by the end of a day at the creek.

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Caleb decides he wants to build a big boat.  He collects logs and sticks, and plans his project.

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Caleb begins putting together his boat, weaving smaller sticks through the larger logs.  The pieces keep floating away.  He keeps getting soakers (water filling his boots).

He notices his sister, (also known as “his extra set of hands”) climbing up and down the logs and tree roots.

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Instead of getting frustrated and giving up, he practices his communication and negotiates to get her to come down and help him build the boat.

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He explains what he needs her to do.  They work together, and in exchange he offers her the first ride on the boat.

As you may have guessed, this resulted in Belle taking the earliest creek swim this year!

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You too will be amazed at what nature can teach little ones.