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Stop by Pretend City to celebrate Tu B’Shevat a Jewish Holiday to commemorate the New Year of the Trees. This day is celebrated as an ecological awareness day, and trees are planted in celebration.
Art (Times Vary):
Exploration No. 1> Create Tree Art
Exploration No. 2> Use Natural materials to create Art.
Exploration No. 3 (Sensory Table)> Explore soil and saplings and learn how to plant trees!
Purpose: These activities will allow children to explore nature and learn about different religions and cultures. They will practice their fine motor skills, and scissor skills, and they will also develop neuropathways through sensory play. Kids will learn how to plant and grow saplings and gain a new appreciation for our world.
Story Time (11 am & 2:30 pm):
It’s Tu B’Shevat by: Edie Stoltz Zolkower
Synopsis: Rhyming verses and brightly colored illustrations tell the story of a boy and his family planting a tree for Tu B’Shevat and watching it grow.
Math/Science (directly following story time):
Plant your own tree from a variety of tree seeds!
Purpose: Planting supports children’s communication skills, it supports fine motor and gross motor movements, gives children a sense of purpose and responsibility, and supports children’s developing understanding of cause/effect.