Today’s class met at Irene Rinehart Riverfront Park off Umtanum Rd. The trees along the river were brilliant shades of yellow, orange and red. We began our afternoon together learning how to spin rope out of raffia. It takes some practice to get it right but before long all of the kids were making some nice cordage.
We learned how to lengthen the rope by splicing in a new piece of raffia. Then we checked the strength of the splice with a good solid tug. As the kids continued to work on their cordage, we each shared our life story – in 25 seconds! It’s always great to hear about some of the amazing things kids love to do. Once everyone had some time to practice their new skill, we took a break to learn about two very important awareness skills: fox walk and owl eyes.
After learning and practicing the skills everyone headed into the woods to try their hand at Observation Alley (or Squeeky Game). Prior to class, Skye and I went for a walk down the trail and Skye happened to “lose” several of her squeeky toys in the tall grass and nearby tree branches. So the next activity was to fox walk down the path and using our owl eyes see how many squeeky toys we could find. It’s amazing how difficult it is to see a round pink pig perched in a tree!
Some of the kids continued to work with the cottonwood bark and others learned how to process stinging nettles for their fiber. It definitely takes some practice but the rewards are great.
After trying stinging nettle tea (everyone loved it!) the group headed out in search of some pine needles. Pine needles are loaded with vitamin C and also make a very tasty tea.
Before we knew it, it was time to pack up our things and gather in our closing circle. Everyone shared their favorite activity of the afternoon and posed for class pictures.
What a wonderful afternoon we shared. We hope to see you all next month to learn all about willows!