Early Childhood Earth Day CelebrationPosted by Faith Barbuto
The Early Childhood classes had an amazing time celebrating our second Earth Day with a Forest Kindergarten approach. This year the school focused on the theme of Endangered Animals and the younger children chose to focus on the creature recently named most crucial to the survival of the planet, the bee. We started our day with a creative hands-on snack activity. Children were given all types of sliced fruits and vegetables along with cream cheese and sunbutter and charged with creating their own edible insects. Fun and delicious! We headed outside on the glorious autumnal day to explore the great outdoors. Later we had a visit from Jeff Schwartz, the President of the Backyard Beekeeper’s Association of Connecticut. He brought a section of a hive full of bees to teach us there is no need to fear these important creatures. We learned many important things about bees and also how to tell them apart from wasps. We even got to taste some delicious honey and smell the beeswax. Everyone enjoyed toasting our own hot dogs over the fire. Mrs. Curran led some outdoor explorations where kids did their part to help honeybees by harvesting sunflowers seeds to bring home and plant. Much more outdoor play led to hungry explorers and we came back in for our second snacktivity where the children made their own trail mix. A glorious day was held had by all and we can’t wait for next year!
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