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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.
Meanwhile, little sister sat in the Bumbo very suspicious of the whole activity (and drooling):
Then decided to get in on the game and collect some grass of her own:
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!