The kids have also been fascinated with spiders! Inspired by The Very Busy Spider, children incorporated fine motor skills, including hole punching and sewing, to create their own paper plate spider webs. Provocations such as this inspire questions and allow for further exploration into a subject. "How do spiders spin their web? Do different spiders spin different webs? Let's do some research!"
Spider Webs! Chalk on black paper makes really cool webs!
We collected items from nature and then researched different bugs with insect field guides. The kids created some really beautiful bugs!
Looking for a very special holiday present this year? This Spielgaben set is a collection of very high quality learning materials with endless possibilities. We really enjoyed creating different insects with the fun colorful shapes.
We explored even more mathematical principles with these bug-inspired patterning and sequence cards.
These over-sized toy bugs are a huge hit! We had fun matching them to our specimen collection and playing bug attack with them.
Make your own bug stickers! Combining stickers AND stamps? So much fun!
Stained Glass Bugs!
Creepy Crawly Yoga
And of course we celebrated the Mighty Pumpkin this month!
Halloween Chocolate Chunk Pumpkin Muffins!
Prep your chocolate chunks by hammering 1/2 a bar of dark chocolate in a sandwich bag.
The pumpkin had been de-seeded and baked at 350 for 45 minutes. Once cool scoop out the cooked pumpkin.
Crack and whisk together 3 eggs.
Mix into the eggs 1/3 cup cooked pumpkin, 1/3 cup honey, 1/4 cup coconut oil, and 1 tsp vanilla extract.
Mix together 1/3 cup coconut flour with 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp baking soda, chocolate chunks and a pinch of salt and combine with the wet pumpkin mix.
Spoon into a greased mini-muffin tin and bake for 12 - 15 minutes at 350 degrees.
No-Mess Color Mixing Pumpkins!
Paper Pumpkins! Check out these awesome scissor skills!!
Bunnies love kale!
Rain doesn't stop us!
We Love Our Blocks!
We are raising funds for a whole new indoor block center for our schoolhouse! This block center will include 4 different sets of blocks which are all mathematically modular, along with ramps, cars, trucks, toy people (all hand-made with beautiful wood) that can be used together to create endless play and possibilities. These blocks are crafted by Community Playthings (just like our outdoor blocks and water table above) where they use the finest materials and care in their products.
Blocks are one of the most powerful learning tools for young children, enriching every area of the curriculum and supporting child development.
Please help Austin Children's Garden have an amazing new indoor learning center! We are hoping to raise all the funds before the holidays so the children can play and learn with them as the weather gets cooler. Please consider donating to the fundraiser in lieu of any holiday teacher gifts - seeing the kids happy and creating with these beautiful learning materials is the best gift we could imagine!
And please pass this on to any family or friends that might want to donate - no amount is too small!! You can write a check directly to Community Playthings and put it in the black mailbox in the schoolhouse or go to our GoFundMe campaign: