This week we visited the Chittenango Falls State Park. The kids first wanted to check out the semi frozen waterfalls and we discussed how the water freezes as it falls to form the ice.
Brandy taught us about the different squirrels that live in our area and now to look for signs of them. The snowfall from the previous night was light and fluffy, which made the hiking easy on the kids. Along our walk we looked out for signs of animals in the snow and places to make fairy houses.
After adventuring and finding many places to build we settled on making the houses under the exposed roots of a tree at a frozen stream bed.
The frozen stream made for an excellent impromptu sensory experience. They pushed all of the snow off, used it as an ice skating rink and then broke up the ice. After they had piles of broken ice (there was no water underneath) which they used to make different structures with.
The kids got to observe a whole flock of Eastern Bluebirds with binoculars! They are defiantly not supposed to be here until spring but we were happy to observe them, and they were curious about our little flock of happy children also.
The fairy house was complete! The ice shards made lovely couches and the children used their imaginations to gather supplies and make a cozy shelter for any local fairies.
Next week we will be at Green Lakes State Park where we will explore using our senses to observe the natural world around us and make wind chimes!