Bothy bags are survival tents and last week we used one! Teacher Roo brought her Bothy Bag to TOP thinking that we might want to warm up since the weather was in the low 20's. After making our valentine bags inside our own little Farrel House, we marched outside to run around and have fun with the balls and wagon. Soon it was time for circle time and Teacher Roo taught us all how to set up the Bothy and get inside it. It seemed like a magic trick to get all of us into that small space. We crowned in and put the sides of the Bothy under our bottoms. Not everyone was keen on the idea of squeezing in there-but we all managed. Pretty soon we were singing the Good Morning song and taking off our gloves and hats. The Bothy held in our natural warmth making it possible to tell stories and sing many songs in spite of the fact that the ground below us was frozen.
After coming out of the Bothy and getting everyone's gloves and hats situated again, we headed out together to find the frozen parts of the park. There was ice to break and smash and slide over. There was our favorite hill to slide down, logs to balance on and cool bubbled frozen bits next to the streams.
Everyone kept moving and no one complained about the cold! We did eat lunch indoors-the first time in 2 years. These kids are hearty, dressed warmly and fun to be around!