This summer we've visited farms, ponds and the ocean as much as possible. In our daily trips, I have loved observing the little one and her friends invested in their free play. Story telling, inventing, negotiations and creating (spaces, structures, scenarios, characters...) often reach a peak while outdoors, while most quarrels are avoided or die out pretty quickly.
|Paths to get lost in... Codman Farm.|
|...or just to be a chicken.|
|Making forts at the Boston Nature Center|
|Feeding the chickens at Natick Cooperative Farm|
|and feeding the pig.|
|Running through a field of flowers,|
|And taking a big leap!|
|Creating an island... at Walden Pond, |
after complaining that they had no buckets or shovels to play with!
|All they needed were some sticks to create trees, surrounded by a large ocean|
|and an island made of rocks, in the shape of a flower.|
I continue to work on learning from observing their play, keeping my distance and trying not to interfere, or to keep my interjections to a minimum. I see my role as the one who does the listening, planning, food preparation and chauffeuring... In return, I get to practice mindfulness. Being in the moment is the gift these children bring to me.