Every day when we play in the Kindergarten playground, we find a bug or two. Sometimes, we find worms digging in the dirt, or a spider on the fence, or a wasp on the tree. A big part of the playground is covered in asphalt. Although there are some ants who use it as a highway (a much faster way to get around than grassy ground cover), most of the time bugs on the paved ground are not in a safe place. We talked about this as we gathered one day.
”Where should we put it?” asked Ms. Jenny.
“On the grass,” responded one child.
“Behind the climber,” said another.
“Under the tree,” said another child.
“So it’s protected,” said a teacher.
With all of that in mind, the bug house came to be on the grass, behind the climber, under the tree.
The next step was about making it comfy for bugs.
“A living room!”
“And, to bed!”
“You okay, buddy?”
“Don’t forget a TV!”
“We need a blanket for the couch.”
“We need the worm to be straight so he can be on the couch.”
“Don’t worry, I can get a leaf.”
“And a mom! You can be the mom.”
And the tree became a home for bugs and worms and children’s imaginations.
To be continued…