Thursday, October 17, 2013

What Lives in Trees?

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Awhile back I shared a post about leaves falling and how the
children played with chipmunks in and around our tree.
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That led to a question, “Which animals like trees?”  and
“Who lives in trees?”.
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As the children played they thought of animals that like trees; owl, eagle,
small birds, raccoon, and deer were a few they mentioned and I found them
as stuffies.
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We started to gather quite a few toy animals and used a variety of
baskets for nests and homes.  But I noticed that the tree we were using
was limiting their play and understanding of how the animals used trees. 
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So a new tree was created out of boxes stacked on top of each other,
covered with paper and holes cut into it so the animals could hide away.
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More animals were added to the list; snakes, mice, bats and spiders.
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Books were provided to help us answer questions that the children
have about the animals.
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  1. I LOVE this idea! I think I will try something like this in my room. Thanks!

    1. It has been a wonderful learning centre for all of us. Watching the children explore the tree, putting the animals inside and talking about what they eat.
      One of our grade 2/3 classes are studying animals too and came to visit and play for a bit one afternoon.