In February, we read a lovely book, Penguin and Pinecone: a friendship story. The story was the perfect launch for a month long focus on friendship and kindness.
After reading the story, we went out to the school yard to collect some pinecone friends of our own. The sun had come out for the last few minutes of the day, and the students were delighted.
Since then, we have done a number of activities with the pinecones we collected.
Pinecone and Tree Block Play
We each picked our own Pinecone Buddy, made scarves for them, and took them home.
The students did a lot with their pinecones – visited Grandparents, went to the park, played hockey, and went for drives, to name a few.
We took our Pinecone Buddies home. As in the story, however, we talked about bringing the pinecones back to where they belonged – a final act of friendship. So this week we brought our class basket of pinecones back to the school yard.
The students wanted to build a nest for the pinecones, just like in the story.
Goodbye, Pinecone Buddies!