Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Wild Child

We have been busy playing with the colours, tastes and textures of Autumn.

Our story (based on the book Wild Child by Lynn Plourde, and one of my favourites) also created a feast of sounds and imagery for our senses.

Crinkle, crackle, leaves snapple.
Snapperly, dapperly, cidery apples. Puckery, smuckery, crimsony cranberries

(which the children got to sample during the story - yum!)

A fiery, flaming, reddish nightgown.

A whooshy, whirlishy, windswept snuggle.

Our Nature table reflected Autumns hues, and many of Mother Earths gifts of Autumn - pine cones, sunflower heads, pumpkins, apples, chestnuts, and multicoloured leaves. Mother Earth herself is beginning to feel the cool, warming herself with her knitted shawl woven with feathers and leaves.

We painted autumn leaves in shades of yellow, orange and red.

We made crunchy, munchy, spicy pumpkin seeds.

They were so delicious!

Recipe from "A Childs Seasonal Treasury" by Betty Jones

2 cups dried pumpkin seeds (or sunflower seeds are just as yummy)

2 tablespoons melted butter

1/2 teaspoon tamari


Melt butter and comine all ingredients. Spread over an oven tray on a low heat for approx 1 and 1/2 hours until seeds are crisp and brown, stirring occasionally.

The children created an Autunm nature collage using bits and pieces collected from around the bush.

And finally we built a bamboo and stick cubby. The bamboo was used for the frame as it is flexible, then sticks were woven in between. Some large pieces of fallen bark from one of the palm trees covered the floor.

I love all the possibilities of Autumn, and the sensory feast it provides!