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February in the Forest pt I

Slackline Attempting to light "fairy fires" with flint and steel; wood carving It's really fun to practice archery from up in the treehouse. Chalkboard stories Making pine needle tea These two figured out how to break old keys from the hardware store by bending them in the cracks of the table.

February in the Forest pt II

Making bridges across the water and figuring out how to get across. Taking shelter in the debris hut as freezing rain falls. Show and Tell Pineapples over the fire and boiling down our sap to make maple syrup. Painting sandstone rocks with acrylic pens.

Highlights from the Week

On Tuesday we made a lot of mud pies, played all of our favorite running games, climbed up into the spruce trees, and made a new obstacle course for golf balls. We've been making use of our new shelters. The debris shelter has a tripod set up over a fire pit for making tea (or mixing pretend potions). The parachute shelter is great place to read stories when it's raining. On Wednesday we tapped two of our maple trees. The kids helped drill the holes and hammer in the taps. As we write this, the sap has started to flow into our collection bag! We'll start boiling it down over a fire to make syrup this week. On Thursday we went on an adventure deep into Yellowwood State Forest land. The

Children of the Forest

We found a new spot to make camp. Everyone helped to start the fire. We roasted leaves on the end of our sticks and pretended they were marshmallows. We found this moth and watched it dance on the end of a beach leaf. We covered ourselves with leaves and bark to blend into the forest floor and hide from our friends. We found so many interesting and welcoming places in the forest to connect with nature and each other. We also really loved making spin art with an old turntable.

 

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