Some days on the playground are a frenzy of activity. Hula hoops, baseball, football, trikes, swings, running, chasing....you get the picture. Today was the first day of Daylight Savings Time, and we were all dragging just a little today. The weather forecast predicts rain for most of the week, and we'll probably be stuck inside. We cut our indoor center time a little short today and went out a little early. It was beautiful out~ 70's and party cloudy.
When we first went out, the kids noticed this art work hanging on the fence. We had to go check it out! Earlier this morning, a sneaky little leprechaun crept into our room and took out some toys and rearranged our chairs. Initially, the children wanted to make sure this painting wasn't more the leprechauns' shenanigans. By the time we'd reached the top of the hill, the children were sure they'd seen leprechaun movement in the woods.
Can you spot the leprechaun?
"Yeah, we should all come out here with our camouflage clothes. If we were really still, then they might not see us and come out." "Yeah, that's how you do it when you deer hunt. I know, 'cause I go hunting!"
(I hope, for the leprechaun's sake, that he is a fast little dude! I don't think I'd want to get caught by this crowd!)
As I walked around today, I did see some of the typical, very active play, but also noticed several pockets of kids playing relatively quietly.
This group just sat at the top of the jungle gym, having a very riveting conversation.
This group moved the chairs into the sandbox and made a movie theater. They sat for a while as if there were a movie playing on some imaginary screen and talked a lot about movies they either wanted to see or had seen.
"These are my meatballs!"
There was a lot of "cake making" going on in various corners of the playground.
This is a "surprise cake" because "when you eat it, you find out there is a big green truck under there and it's a surprise!"
While one of the friends and I strolled around the playground, we found this heart leaf. What a special find!
My favorite moment of the day was walking up on this scene:
"This how you get a 'skin tan' !"
"Dads get a 'skin tan' by sitting in chairs like this."
Me: "So, you guys are just hanging out?"
"Yeah, we're chill like that!"
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