Stomping in the Mud Play Group is a rich, natural outdoor play environment where children have the opportunity to play outside,
rain or shine ... a chance for preschoolers to 'live in the moment' while learning through play.

Monday, 3 December 2012

November Snapshots!

With most of the leaves on the ground now November has come and gone. Winter is almost here, and it will bring the rain and cooler weather...perfect for stomping in the mud. 

Sculptures...a great way to use up old playdough!

This group had a wonderful time working together with the bark!

Playing in the forest on our way back from our forest walk. This log is always very appealing to climb on and over.

This day we walked a little further to what we call the Stick Forest...there are sticks and branches covering the forest floor!

Lots of little paths to explore here, too!

It didn't take the children long to start building and working with the sticks and branches. 

The team work was exciting to watch develop...

We promised to come back again, soon !

Again, we headed back to the Stick Forest.

The children went right back to the same group of trees where they had started to build the week before...they had work to do!

This time we brought popcorn for snack to enjoy during story time in the forest!

The cooperative play was spontaneous, happy and natural.

The freedom to explore and play with sticks in this wonderful place was amazing to watch. 

Again, we promised to return!

On our way out of the forest we walked along the creek looking for spawning salmon...

And, we soon found some!

This final picture is of some 'land art' that we found incorporating some beautiful mushrooms on the floor of  the Stick Forest. It was something we all paused over, and wondered who might have made it. Quickly, and carefully, the children moved on to create their own stick creations. As always...thanks for Stomping by!


  1. What a discovery the 'stick forest' has been. To share in these discoveries with young children is truly a blessing. I love my time with them.

  2. Love this post & your photos are amazing. I love following all the brilliant outdoor things that your group gets up to. Kierna

  3. Thanks Kierna. My Stomping co-worker Gaie takes all of the photos. We are so lucky to have these wonderful woods right in our back yard.