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Creatures in Snow - Homeschool and Preschool

Zak Kozlowski, February 10, 2017

Tuesday YNAP at West Hill

The Woods Wanderers ventured on a field trip to Arnot Forest. The group shared with the wilderness year folks a game involving muskox mamas, muskox babies, and dire wolves. The snow was absolutely perfect for building snow creatures, so we decided to build Niloc, the moon shade Dragon. She was big enough for all of us to ride her! We then used our waterproof gear to our advantage, by sliding like otters down the hill near the pond. Weeeeeeeeee!

Tracks and Trails

The Tracks and Trails crew experienced an arctic blast this week. While the wind chill neared zero and was a factor to consider in each moment, the fresh insulating snow proved to be a saving grace. We started our day by creating wind walls and snow mounds all as a team. The labor turned into play fast, as we learned our trees in a game of Weasel tree. The rest of the day was spent carving out snow caves, sledding downhill, and pulling each other in sled-dog races. Everyone competed and we all were victorious in staying warm.

Winter Explorers

The Winter Explorers ventured out to 4-H acres, where the early morning snow beautifully covered the land. The group wandered to Fall Creek in search of Sean's mink friend who left us some tracks in the new snow. After a snack, we took turns playing hide and go track - a great game to break up and almost untouched powder. Following that, we wandered into the Monkey Run forest for an 18 match challenge! Lunch and stores kept us warm as the forest slowly shook off its snowy cloak.

Ithaca Forest Preschool

At Preschool, we experienced all the changing weather of the week. Our theme this week was Coyote. I'm not sure if we found any coyote tracks, but on Monday we definitely found those of Fox, Opossum, and several Deer. With those tracks that were frozen in ice, we poured hot beeswax into them and made track candles!

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