We have three birch trees in our Montessori Playschool garden. They have been chosen for good reasons: Their black and white textured trunks have a magical, fairy tale quality about them. The small leaves make a soft rustling sound in the slightest breeze and create dappled shade in summer time, while they blanket the grass in red-brown leaves in autumn.
Those leaves can be raked up into lines to follow like a mediation trail or pushed into heaps to jump in, on or over and the seeds, now dry and brittle are scattered in the wind or used as decoration for the children’s art & craft work.
But on this morning, under the bare thin twiglike branches, the leaves were gathered up, put in the wheelbarrow and tipped out over the empty flowerbeds and under the daisy bushes in a spontaneous and very social and cooperative activity!