Springtime Preschool in the Garden

Spring break camp preschool in the garden, digging up weeds!

Heading up the path to meet her parents, Sienna remarked that her least favorite part about camp is that the week “is too short”…

Preschool in the garden puddle jumping

Jumping a puddle along the forest garden path

She’s right, of course. We all wish Preschool in the Garden could happen every day! The magical gardens, trails and gathering spaces at The Outback Farm allow for endless discovery. Using all of their senses, campers daily explored the wonders of spring soil, insects, worms, flowers, and food.

Rains did not dampen spirits at all.

Tasting fresh spring rain

Tasting fresh spring rain!

The children most enjoyed looking for worms and bugs all over the farm. We learned how to hold these creatures very carefully and then return them to their homes. One morning, the first thing Micah did was ask her friend Ryder to go search for bugs with her!

Everyone helped prepare healthy, garden-fresh snacks! A favorite snack we made together was “Ants in a Blanket” (click here for the recipe). After snack time, the children loved tossing their snack scraps into the compost then visiting our worms, who, we learned, help turn our snacks into soil that makes it possible for us to grow our snacks again!

Sienna and Micah cutting bananas

Everyone helped prepare snacks!

Exploration, tasty snacks, story times, sing-alongs — camp provides the perfect setting for falling in love with healthy food. And at least that part of camp need not come to an end…

Please enjoy these photos! You’ll find more posted on our Facebook page.

Preschool campers enjoying a snack

Snack time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Iris holding a bug gently

Gently holding a bug

 

Preschool in the garden exploring!

Garden exploration and play!

 

Preschool campers enjoying a story

Story time!