There is something powerful about the sounds of children making music. I don't remember where I first read about creating a natural playscape and using music, but I do remember from the first moment I read about it, that I wanted to have a place for my children to make music outside. For the price of a bag of bells and some yarn, we now have a bell bush, that my 5 year old has named "The Fairy Bush." We have had the Fairy Bush in our yard for almost a year now and I am surprised at how often it is rung! My 22 month old is now a big fan and makes a point of shaking the branches and pulling the bells every morning. Even our dog joins in the fun and shakes it.
Here is a quick mini-tour of this area if you wanted to see more!
As these next two weeks are big gardening weeks, we have spent much of our learning time outdoors. Nichols is now an expert planter. He grabs a handful of seeds and flings them, then throws some dirt around (sometimes close to the seeds), fill a bucket of water and splashes in it! Ok, so he is not the greatest of gardeners, but sure has a blast doing it!
you are welcome to stop back here. He has really been working on jumping off of and trying to balance on our outdoor logs - so his gross motor and balance has improved a lot this week. I would have to say that the three vocabulary words he has solidified in his speaking vocabulary and understanding of is 1. Dump 2. Fill and 3. Clean