Thanks to the strong wind the other day, pinecones came raining down on all around our play area. A few children began collecting them, then a few more joined in. Before we knew it, a pretty large group formed. They organized themselves and collected branches and pinecones. The children took a hoop and used it to sort the branches from the pine cones. Then they began asking if they could go inside to gather clipboards, paper and markers. (We’ll have to organize an outdoor bin of these materials for future inspirations!)
The next day, the morning group found all of the pinecones and branches that the afternoon group left behind. They too were inspired….to build a campfire of course!