[An Autumn day at Murchison Occasional Care.]
Today we had a brilliant time outside in the sunshine on this lovely autumn day. The children discovered a huge mound of autumn leaves waiting to be investigated. With squeals of delight the children threw them up in the air, to fall down like rain all over them. Some children danced and twirled as the leaves fell around them. Dump trucks were used to gather all the leaves and take them to the tip which was located in the central garden of the bike track. The younger children sat in the leaves and copied the older children throwing them in the air. Soon everyone joined in, throwing the leaves high and watching them fall or burying themselves and others in this new fun natural resource. Once the leaves had spread out around the garden we gathered our rakes to build up the pile again.
In the Art Studio, the children used the leaves to create autumn collages with PVA glue. At the easel autumn colours were used with textured rollers to experiment with different patterns and colour mixing.
By investigating, exploring and sharing a new fun activity the children learned about autumn leaves. We discussed the colour changes from green to reds, yellow and orange. We found different sized leaves and a range of shapes and colours. The children watched as the leaves fell. They learned the importance of raking the leaves, so the grass can grow and the change of seasons. From interacting with nature the children grow to appreciate their natural environment and how to care for it.