Friday, April 19, 2013

An Enchanted Childhood Playschool ~ April 15th-19th

We had another gorgeous spring week!

I mentioned to the children that we could do a "project" outside and they were thrilled!
They love "projects"!

I told them we would need several daffodils, so they headed off to collect a few.

We gathered our supplies.

I showed the children how the stem of the flower looked like a straw!

I next asked them to drink water through straws.

I then added food coloring to the jars.

Sorry... but the after pics will have to wait until next week!

Another spring art project was a Spring Flower "Pounding".
Using dandelions and violets, the children used a rolling pin to smash the flowers.
"And it made the juices come out on my paper" to quote one child!

Four out of five days, the children were able to play outside! 
And play they did!

"I am a paleontologist and I found a Tyrannosaurus Rex skull."

While taking turns holding the frog, it got loose and the children were giddy! 

Big excitement!  Blossoms on the pear trees and the first gold finnches of the year!

A good week, indeed!

Each week I join several linky parties!  What a fun way to share and learn! 
Natural Living Monday,  The Children's Bookshelf,  Monday's Kid Corner, Hey Mom, Look What I Did!, Montessori Monday, Made by Little Hands, Homemade Mondays, Mama Moments Monday {Link Up}The Gathering Spot,  Little Wonders' Days,  Mom's Monday Mingle,  Hip Homeschool Hop, Mom's Library,  Tuesday Tots, (tot school tuesday), The Tuesday Baby Link-Up, Keep Calm Craft On {crafting on}, Tuned in Tuesday, Teach Me Tuesday, TOO Cute Tuesday, Open Call Tuesday, Backyard Farming Connection HopTuned in Tuesday, Kids in the Kitchen,  Waldorf Wednesday,  It's PlaytimeWe Made That Linky, What I Learned Wednesday, Super Link PartyKids Co-Op,  Artsy Play Wednesday, Healthy 2Day Wednesday, Wildcrafting Wednesday, Adorned From Above, Frugal Days, Sustainable WaysKids CraftsLink and LearnThrifty Thursday,  Hearts for Home,  needle and thREAD, Made U LookTender Moments with Toddlers and Preschoolers,  Natural Living Link-Up, Small Footprint Friday,  Our Days Homeschool Link-Up,  For the Kids Friday, Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday, Read. Explore. Learn.Creative Learning on Friday,  Preschool and Kindergarten Corner, Friday's Nature TableThe Friday Baby Shower,  TGIF Linky PartyFamily Fun Friday,  Creative Friday, Friday Flair Link Party, Shine on Fridays, Friday FavsOutdoor Play Party,  Do Something CraftyWeekend Whatever,  Saturday Show and Tell,  Tot School Gathering Place,  Sharing Saturday, Share It Saturday, Country Kids, Link and Learn, sharing creative, ideas {all weekend}, Show and Share SaturdayStress Free Sunday,  The Sunday Showcase, The Preschool Prekinder Nook, Fun Sparks, The Sunday Parenting Party, Making Boys MenSpring CarnivalMade with Love, Raising Memories

And each week I co-host Eco-Kids Tuesday Link-Up!


  1. Wonderful photos of children playing in the most natural way outdoors. They really do have so much fun with you it is always a delight to see your photos. I love your explanation of the daffodil drinking too. Thank you for joining in with Country Kids

  2. Some budding artists in this lot! Those pictures are fabulous x

  3. You can see that the children are feeling the freedom that Spring brings this time of year! Your photos are great!
    ~ joey ~

  4. Wow - I am so envious of all the spring you're experiencing!

    Those daffodils are gorgeous! I've done this activity with daisies and celery... but never with daffodils. I look forward to the follow-up pictures next week!

    Wishing you a lovely weekend!

  5. wow this looks like you have had an amazing time

  6. Last week was so nice! I'm glad that I didn't plant my flowers yet though since it froze last night :) Hopefully in May. I love all your photos and projects, great ideas!

  7. I love the comparison between a stem & a straw. Looking forward to the after pictures!

  8. This is so so sweet! I love the pounding idea -- my son would loooove this <3 -- I can't wait to be outside all summer long now that it seems to be getting warmer :)

  9. What great spring activities - I can't wait to see the flowers next week

  10. I am beyond jealous that it is nice enough for you to have flowers! What great ideas! Can't wait to see the after pics!

  11. That does look like a fun and educational week! Thanks for linking to Artsy Play Wednesday. I pinned your post to our board : 0 )

  12. What a great time your children must have had with this. The photos tell it all. There's so much of God's big world to explore. What interesting ways you used to highlight that.

  13. Oh, what a wonderful week. I love the idea of the pounding flowers. Not sure my daughter will sacrifice any of the dandelions or violets to try it though. Thank you for sharing on Sharing Saturday!

  14. Looks like you had such a good time! I love how all the children have little boots. I need to get some! Thanks for sharing at Mom's Library.

  15. Sometimes I want to be a kid again and go to your child care center.

    Thank you for visiting Waldorf Wednesday. Hope to see you back this week!

  16. That looks like such a nice day. I didn't realize daffodils had hollow stems. We've had a few nice days, but I could use some more sun.

  17. I love the pounding, what a great idea!