Sunday, December 27, 2009

Solstice Bonfire

The Rey Center celebrated the coming of light with our first ever Solstice Bonfire on the shores of Corcoran’s Pond. Seventy-five people turned out to enjoy the beautiful night after the rainy day. Hot cocoa and hot cider were supplied by the Rey Center, and many folks brought delicious desserts to share! There were of course, marshmallows for roasting, which was a popular activity with young and old alike. A few solstice snowmen appeared along the beach as well.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Studying Clouds

The Rey Center spent the afternoon with the K-2 students at the Waterville Valley Elementary School studying weather. Since we were unable to venture outdoors due to the single digit temperatures and strong winds, we brought a little bit of the weather indoors. The students learned about different types of clouds and the weather associated with those clouds. After writing about clouds in their journals, it was time for a slightly messier version of cloud studies! Using shaving cream, the students created different types of clouds on the table - thin wispy cirrus clouds, fluffy cumulus clouds, and a blanket-like stratus clouds. Not only did they have a great time playing with the shaving cream, their project left the table sparkling clean too!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Holiday Nature Crafts

Children and adults had fun creating holiday crafts with a nature theme at the Rey Center during the Waterville Valley Town Square Cookies, Snow and Fairytales event. Creative crafters made tree shaped bird feeders, strung popcorn and cranberry bird feeder garland, decorated their own wrapping paper with potato stamps, and made plantable, handmade paper gift tags, which included flower seeds so when the gift tags are planted in the spring they will bloom!