As the weather warms (and cools back down), some of the children have started turning their attention from the exciting play opportunities of the thaw (mud and puddles!) to the more intricate joys of outdoor play we expect from the summer. Sometimes it is the smallest things which remind us of the approaching season.
A few days ago, I discovered that some of our children gathered materials from the ground to build a "ladybug house." They used small twigs to build a cabin-like shelter, and included grass for food and some colourful tidbits of foam they found as decoration. In making sure that the house provided safety, food and beauty for the ladybug, the children are bringing together what they know about comfortable homes for humans and also the needs of smaller creatures. Best of all, they found a living ladybug in the dirt by a small, unsuspecting corner of the building, and carefully brought it to the shelter.
"They need lots of grass. Yum-yum-yum!"
"If there's 2, or 3, or 99...they need so much food!
"Also if he doesn't have a home, then he has a home built by kids."
After waiting silently for the ladybug's reaction to the home, they see it start to crawl inside.
"Hey look, he's moving!"
"He likes it!"
// Mr. McIntyre-Brandt