We've been encouraging the kids to "play story" as we explore the woods. They choose whatever character they want to be and we teachers simply narrate what they do, as they do it, telling a story out loud as it unfolds. The kids are really starting to get into it. In one story Lyra was a "baby beast" looking for her mama, Felix was an evil fisherman with a maniacal laugh, and River was a giraffe stepping cautiously into the water.
One of our favorite places to play story has been The Crocodile Tree, which was named by Junie. This is a big oak tree that fell over recently and looks like a crocodile. The kids like to sit up high on the crocodile's head.
We've also been carving and decorating pumpkins, experimenting with homemade slime, and feeding treats to the animals.