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September 23, 2013

Little Sprouts Singles: We Heart Trees

by Melissa Harding


Last week there were Little Sprouts popping up everywhere at Phipps! It was the first Little Sprouts: Singles of the fall, We Heart Trees, and we had so much fun! In fact, we have been having so much fun with our Little Sprouts lately that we ran two sessions of our popular series for campers ages 2-3 and their grown-ups.

Campers created their own autumn tree using flower and leaf-shaped sponges to stamp leaves onto a cardboard trunk. After they were done, they played in our dirt and seed sensory bins. During the lesson, campers explored tree cookies, bark, acorns, leaves and pine needles with their grown-ups and learned why trees are important for people and animals, giving us things like food and shelter. Campers also learned about different animals that live in trees and read The Busy Tree by Jennifer Ward.

Finally, we went on a scavenger hunt through the Conservatory. With their grown-up’s help, campers used a picture check-list to look for the parts of a tree – roots, trunks, branches, leaves and berries. Campers explored trees from all over the world in our Tropical Forest and outside in the gardens!


If you want to read some great stories about trees with your own Little Sprout, check out these books:
Little Mouse’s Big Secret by Eric Battut
Not a Stick by Antoinette Portis
Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall

Check out more pictures from Little Sprouts in the slide show below!

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Our next Little Sprouts Singles program, My Favorite Fruits, is scheduled for October 24 and 25, 10:30 am-noon.  We also offering a four-week Little Sprouts, We Heart Critters, Mondays in October, 10:30am-noon. If you would like to sign up your child for a future Little Sprouts program, please contact Sarah at (412)441-4442 ext. 3925.

For a complete list of all our season camp offerings, please visit our website. We hope to see you there!

The above pictures were taken by Christie Lawry and Hanna Mosca.


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