Maple Grove Forest Preserve Field Trip

     We had a wonderful day to explore the forest habitat.  We began our 1/2 mile hike by discussing collections.  The children were given a Ziploc bag to collect items they found interesting on the forest floor.  The guidelines we used for collections were: it must be found on the forest floor; it must be smaller than your right hand and bigger than your left thumb; it must not be living.  After our hike we discussed sorting rules and sorted the items by their attributes.  We compared our sorted groups using math vocabulary: most, fewest, tallest, thinnest, and shortest.  We compared the colors and textures.  After our discussion we returned the items to the forest for the animals to use as shelter and food. Our reward was a fun playground where we played and ate a picnic lunch!