Sunday, October 18, 2009

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Fall has come into our neighborhood as well. The days are still warm, but there is a chilly bite in the air, and many trees are decked in very pretty colors. Anna and I love to go on “expeditions” around the block. She has a small pail that she brings with her and she is busily collects all kinds of things for “kitty’s nest”. She is never satisfied with just getting leaves. On our last triOct16_FallCollecting_SMp she spent 15 minutes investigating the mushrooms that grew on the neighbors’ lawn. I can see that they appear very fascinating to her – not a flower, not a grass blade, but some sort of an alien taking residence in the neighborhood. I used to know a lot about mushrooms, but these ones are not native to where I grew up. Still, I didn’t think they were poisonous, so I let Anna take a few for her “nest”. By the time Oct16_DiscoveryBox_SM we went around the block, her pail was full to the brim. Petals, leaves, wood chips, stones, acorns, pine needles – quite a haul for our discovery box, formerly known as a shoe box. Inspect the findings, feed and shelter plastic farm animals, empty the box into the yard bin (minus the stones) and repeat as desired. Actually repeat is not possible on the same day, since playing with discovery box took pretty much the whole afternoon.

10 comments:

MaryAnne said...

How fun! Anna looks like she's having a wonderful time!

Felicia said...

Looks like you guys had a great time on your discovery hunt!

Susana said...

This is so much fun! I love her box and all that she filled it with. We've done this sort of thing too, but I've never thought about putting their collections in a box or container for them like this. This is a super idea. Thanks for sharing this, great pictures too!

whisperingwhispers said...

Great idea!

We look at mushrooms but do not pick them, around here if your not sure what they are then they are most likely poisonous. But hence we live in a rain forest so mold and mushrooms grow in abundance!

Ticia said...

What a fun walk. Yeah, mine are fascinated by mushrooms too.

Virginia Lee said...

What awesome pictures in this post! Love the idea, love her enthusiasm for her nature finds. It all just makes me smile.

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Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

I love it! Matthew loves to pick up the same kinds of things, although not for kitty's nest. :) He and Anna would have a blast playing together with her discovery box and his nature basket!

Ticia said...

Thanks for linking your science post to my linky!

Mama to 3 Blessings said...

what a great idea! I may have to borrow it! :)
Nicole
http://mamato3blessings.blogspot.com/

Dalynn McCoy said...

I always intended to do this for my middle boys, but never got around to doing it. Maybe I'll remember and get a fire under me to do it for my toddlers! Thanks for the reminder - be blessed! #InspiredBN