Our kindergarten field trip was a really fun time with beautiful weather! We went to a local lake. The kids had time for free play and we went birding along a beautiful trail. They saw American White Pelicans and a Swainson's Hawk flying overhead. We saw Wood Ducks, and a Northern Cardinal. They did quite well at identifying birds by song: Blue Jay, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, etc.
After birding the kids were hungry and we had our picnic. They loved that! Then we tried to fly kites, but it wasn't windy. In South Dakota?! That is odd! We played with the bubbles and Frisbees. We watched the Barn Swallows swoop in and out of the picnic shelter. Then I set up the outdoor classroom with activities at four different stations. After some free time, we hiked and birded the other side of the lake. Then we had cookie break and it was already time to leave. It was a great day outdoors!
|They loved the playground!|
|These kids are like monkeys! They made me a bit nervous!|
|This cool bridge is along the trail|
|There was a lot to see in the woods!|
|Here we are watching the singing Northern Cardinal.|
|The kids were really hungry after their long hike!|
|Food always seems to taste better when we're outdoors.|
|This tall slide was a hit!|
|Here is a view of the playground. What a fun place!|
|Center 1: Make peanut butter pine cone bird feeders |
to take home and hang in their tree.
|Center 2: Take magnifying glasses out and |
explore the tiny things in nature.
|Center 3: Build a fairy house, or a toad house |
or even a bird house out of sticks, bark,
grasses and flowers. They enjoyed this one!
|The little houses came in all shapes and sizes!|
|The kids moved from one center to another. |
This was a fun time!
|Here is another cool house!|
|I think the kids really enjoyed this field trip |
out in nature and it is a great ending
to a year of nature and bird related lessons.
|One thing I like about this project is that they |
have to cooperate and work together as a team.
|Center 4: Search for feathers, flowers, pine cones, etc. |
to add to a Y stick with yarn weaved through it.
|Its time for that second hike, so we |
marched up the stairs to see the lake.
|Here they are by the lake. It was very windy here |
and we held out our wings and pretended
to soar like eagles or vultures. I didn't get a
photo of that...I was busy flying of course!
|The kids enjoyed squeezing through |
this "keyhole" along the trail.