Exploring some beautifully colored fallen leaves.
Feeling bumps and noticing some spotting on a fallen leaf.
Tyler was quite interested when I told him that squirrels eat these nuts.
Taking a closer look at a large piece of bark.
Watching a large spider crawl across our path and into the grass.
Exploring the cool, hard dirt.
Using a stick to leave his mark in the dirt.
I don't encourage him to pick anything, but he did grab these mushrooms. These were probably his favorite find. He found the weight and texture really interesting.
It felt so wonderful to be in the wilderness again. I miss a bit of country living.
All in all a great trip for exploring, quickly building vocabulary words like "plant" and "mushroom", as well as making connections to some things that he sees in books but hasn't been able to really observe in real life such as wild berries. As a sensory experience, I'm not sure if you can't beat a walk in the woods, and it requres no planning or effort. The sights, sounds, smells and textures are all waiting for you; all you have to do is enter nature's beautiful domain. Last hike we brought a small bucket to collect some items for futher exploration at home. We will do this again next hike for certain. We will be back soon I guarantee!
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