Outdoor time: Collecting!

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One of the things that I would love to see Clara do more of is just exploring on her own outdoors.  She always wants my help and comments about everything she sees.  I know that some of that is just age related, but I also feel like she is a little less aware of what’s around her than some other preschoolers.  She just doesn’t notice the little things around her very much.  To try to help, I invented a “collecting” game like Don in Dinosaur Train likes (“La, la, loooo!”).  Anyway, it involves an egg carton and our backyard.  The game?  Collect items to place in the carton.  That’s it.  Away she went.
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Meanwhile, little sister sat in the Bumbo very suspicious of the whole activity (and drooling):
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Then decided to get in on the game and collect some grass of her own:
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Here’s what the big girl collected in our time outside: sticks, pinecones (Douglas Fir, as we learned playing scavenger hunt), chicken feathers, leaves, and (I just learned the name for these) Maple keys.  I have plans for later for the sticks and Maple keys.  Stay tuned!  Also, I think we may have to start a separate egg carton for all the rocks that Clara brings home in her pockets!
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2 Responses to “Outdoor time: Collecting!”


  1. 1 Kristen August 20, 2010 at 9:10 am

    Isn’t that kind of like the scavenger hunt, just not as structured? She might not like it because she can’t make a story out of it, she is a real pretneder and needs everything to have a story. I love that she is wearing her boots when there is no rain or wet outside 🙂

  2. 2 Karen August 20, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Love the boots too! Good collecting, she can make a story out of everything she collected. The drewl was pretty cute too!


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