Spring is such a busy time! Baby plants are sprouting, many animals are having babies, and lots of migrating critters are changing directions to head toward summer homes.
Here at the ranch, we are doing the same thing. Lots of our animal friends have a different life during the winter months. They move around to homes that are better suited for them for winter where they can hunker down, stay more protected from weather, and rest up.
But with spring peeking in, it’s time to get everyone moved into their summer digs - and it’s an exciting day for us all!
With spring emerging in your homes and neighborhoods, we invite you to think about what that looks like where you live, and who or what may be moving around, even if we humans are staying home to protect ourselves and others.
Watch our videos of goat wranglin (above) and chicken herding (below!)
Moving Day Sit Spot
Ekone kids are likely all familiar with sit spots,but here is a little background on what they are and how to use them. Sit spots offer the opportunity to establish a personal connection with nature and also allow us valuable time to slow down, reflect, de-screen, and appreciate the sensory rich environment.
How do you do it?
Typically, you just find a spot in nature, where you can sit alone for 10-20 minutes (or however long you can!) – and sit there! Use this time to make observations about what’s around you. You can observe something right in front of you or something far away. And don’t forget that your eyes are not the only way to make observations! Your ears, nose, skin, and tongue can all offer you different ways of seeing and knowing (although never eat anything if you don’t know for sure it is edible. You can often catch faint tastes on the wind, though!) Bring a journal and your favorite writing tool(s) to your sit spot for observations, drawings, and other tidbits. (I like to bring all the writing utensils in case I get inspired. I bring: a ballpoint pen, a pencil, colored pencils, and sometimes markers too)
If you think it will be hard to sit for 10 minutes, it can be helpful to set an alarm (on a watch, or away from you - don’t keep a phone anywhere nearby!) or have a parent or friend let you know when the time is up. Sometimes it can be a little uncomfortable at first. That usually makes us want to “finish early” – but there’s no such thing with sit spots :) The more you practice, the easier it will get. And you may find that eventually you will keep sitting long after the 10 minutes is up because you are making so many amazing observations!
Moving Day Sit Spot Reflection Questions
A few suggestions for what to think about during your sit spot. You can pick one or use them all, or come up with your own.
Watch for one animal that’s having a moving day, or is moving around the neighborhood. Who is it? Where do you think they are going? Are they alone, or with friends? Do they seem happy? Nervous? Lazy?
I know most of us can’t do a lot of moving around right now. What does that feel like? Do your feelings about it change throughout the day or the week? If there was somewhere you could be moving to right now, where would it be, and why?
Moving Day Activity Prompts
Some other things you can do to think about spring moving...
Build an animal home. You can use natural materials in your backyard or in a park nearby, or if you are staying inside, you can use recyclables to create a work of art (I like to use things like cereal boxes, egg cartons, paper towel tubes, and things like that.)
Draw a picture of yourself in your most ideal summer home if you were a migrating animal.
Please send in photos
of any artwork you create, any reflections you want to share,
or even just a photo of you in your current natural habitat!
We want to see what you’re up to out there! We will post anything you send in here to the website -- send to firstname.lastname@example.org
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